Prescribed Burn Planned for Tall Grass Prairie at Chiefswood National Historic Site

SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER, ON – April 30, 2019- The Chiefswood National Historic Site (CNHS) in partnership with Lands & Forests Consulting, have been monitoring the weather for several weeks to ensure conditions are favourable for a prescribed burn of the Tall Grass Prairie area at CNHS. The prescribed burn permit has been obtained and will take place on Saturday May 4, 2019 beginning at approximately 2pm. If the burn cannot take place on Saturday, the backup date of Sunday May 5, 2019 has been set for 11am. The burn will take approximately 20-30 minutes, and the smoke may be visible for 45 minutes after the burn is complete.

As part of the restoration of CNHS, a historic Landscape Conservation Study was conducted in 1997-98 to determine the historic use of the Chiefswood grounds. The study recommended planting a tall grass prairie ecosystem to recreate the Indigenous flora. Since this study, Indigenous plants were introduced in Chiefswood beginning in 1997 and continue to grow to this day.

“The prescribed burn at CNHS is essential to manage and restore the newly created tallgrass prairie ecosystem” said Janis Monture Director of Tourism. “Plants native to the tall grass prairie have deep root stems and have adapted to periodic wildfires. A prescribe burn helps to return nutrients to the soil, heat up the ground for plant growth, and keeps out any invasive, non-native plants.”

As only 1% of Ontario’s original tall grass prairie remains, this restoration project helps to reintroduce and manage this rare ecosystem on the Chiefswood landscape.

For more information about the prescribed burn, or if you have any questions please contact Krysta, CNHS Cultural Coordinator at 519-758-5444 ext 6025.

About Chiefswood National Historic Site:

Chiefswood National Historic Site (CNHS) is the birthplace and childhood home of renowned of renowned Mohawk and English poetess, E. Pauline Johnson. The historic site features identical entrances- the South entrance faces the river to welcome Six Nations community members who arrived by canoe, and the North entrance faces the road to welcome visitors from surrounding communities who arrived by horse-drawn carriage. The two entrances are a living symbol of the shared cultures of the Johnson family.

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About Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation: 

Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) manages the Six Nations’ economic interests in 14 renewable energy projects and numerous economic development opportunities, on and around the Six Nations territory. SNGRDC’s current green energy portfolio is capable of producing nearly 900 MW of renewable energy through its direct or indirect involvement in seven solar, six wind and one hydroelectric project(s).  SNGRDC is located on the Six Nations Reserve and directly employs over 100 employees through Nation Enterprise or the administration of Economic Interests projects. For more information please visit