DNR Conducts 80 Acre Controlled Burn in Kalkaska County

A Northern Michigan habitat is going up in flames, but for a good reason and completely under control.

The DNR unit out of Traverse City is conducting a large controlled burn today in Kalkaska County.

They say it will help improve the ecosystem for wildlife in the area. This will be the 5th prescribed burn that the Traverse City DNR handled this spring. The DNR burned about 80 acres of land filled with Jack Pine and Cherry brush which is suffocating the wildlife’s natural habitat.

“There’s a lot of different wildlife species, both game and non game that utilize these types of habitats that exist because of fire,” says Steve Griffith, DNR wildlife habitat biologist.

The funding came from a combination of different wildlife division funds. Part of the funding this year also comes from the increase in license fees.