Centennial Nature Habitat Burn

 
Centennial Park Wetlands

Prescribed Burn for Centennial

Centennial Park Wetlands

Centennial Park Wetlands

Centennial Park Wetlands

Centennial Park Wetlands

Centennial Park Wetlands

Centennial Park Wetlands

Centennial Park Wetlands

Centennial Park Wetlands

Result of Prescribed Burn

From big bluestem, black eyed susan, Indian grass, switch grass, and much more the Arlington Heights Park District continues to restore natural habitats such as Centennial Nature Preserve.  Nature preserves in a prarie like setting require maintenance every three years or so in order eradicate invasive species.  Prescribed burns are a beneficial way to replenish natural habitats and support the wildlife that is native to the area.  To learn more about prescribed burns, check out this video from The Chicago Park District. Locations for recent prescribed burns include Centennial Nature Habitat in the spring of 2012, and Lake Arlington in the fall of 2016. 

  • A main objective is to prevent invasive species such as cattails, phragmites, and purpleloose strife to grow. 
  • Prescribed burns help to encourage the replenishment of biologically diverse vegetation.  
  • Smoke management is important, therefore specific weather conditions are necessary.  
  • Burns are rescheduled if weather conditions are not suitable.  
  • Professional consultants are brought in by the Arlington Heights Park District perform the burn. 
  • Burning changes the nutritional quality of wildlife. 
  • Prescribed burns take place every three years or so depending on the growth of vegetation. 

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