Update on the Mutel woodland burn


Last fall,  UI senior science writer and archivist Connie Mutel along with her husband, UI professor Robert Mutel, held a controlled burn of their oak woodlands near Iowa City.

The above video showcases the before and after effects of the burn by comparing an unburned section of the woodlands to a burned section.

The burn was also featured in the September issue of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Iowa Outdoors magazine. Read the full article here.

Also, check out the Iowa Environmental Focus’ interview with Connie Mutel on oak woodlands and controlled burns, and our On the Radio segment discussing the benefits of controlled burns.

DNR to conduct prescribed burns across Iowa


A firefighter controls a prescribed burn in Coconino National Forest, AZ. Photo by Coconino National Forest, Flickr.

This spring the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct a series of prescribed burns in forests and wildlife areas throughout the state.

These burns are used to reduce hazardous fuel loading, which reduces the potential for wildfires, while also reducing vegetative cover, controlling exotic species, cycling nutrients, controlling weeds, and restoring native prairie.

For more information on prescribed burns in Iowa, read the full Iowa DNR press release, or check out the Iowa Environmental Focus’ radio segment on the subject.

Video of oak woodlands controlled burn


University of Iowa video producer Ben Hill took this footage of the controlled burn conducted on Connie and Robert Mutel’s oak woodlands near Iowa City.

To view a slideshow of the burn, click here.

To read an interview with Connie Mutel about controlled burns, click here.

Photos from oak woodlands controlled burn


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On November 17th, UI senior science writer and archivist Connie Mutel and her husband, UI professor Robert Mutel, held a controlled burn of their oak woodlands near Iowa City. The fire lasted about three hours and was a success. Mrs. Mutel was kind enough to share photos of the event with the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Environmental Experts Speak: Connie Mutel and Iowa’s oak woodland


Photo by Carl Kurtz

Cornelia “Connie” Mutel is a senior science writer and archivist in Iowa’s Institute of Hydraulic Research. She has completed eight books, many of which focus on Iowa’s ecology. Connie and her husband, UI professor Robert Mutel, live on 18 acres of oak-hickory woodland near Iowa City. Within the next week they will perform a controlled burn on part of the oak woodland.

Connie spoke with Iowa Environmental Focus and discussed the history of Iowa’s ecology and the importance of controlled burns: Continue reading