BISMARCK — The U.S. Forest Service will conduct 12 prescribed burns totaling about 6,000 acres on the Sheyenne National Grassland beginning late April, as conditions permit. The grasslands are roughly 60 miles southwest of Fargo.

Prescribed burns are a key tool used to maintain and restore native plant communities and wildlife habitat and mitigate invasive species. Many plants and animals of North Dakota’s prairies, woodlands, and wetlands are fire adapted and need periodic fires to thrive. The burns are intended to reduce non-native species and invasive trees and shrubs.

Prior to the burns, nearby roadways and trails may be posted with signs indicating “prescribed burn ahead.” The Forest Service will communicate with area fire departments, emergency management and law enforcement before any prescribed burning.

For information about the Dakota Prairie Grasslands visit www.fs.usda.gov/dpg.