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, blackeyed susan, Indian grass, switch grass, and much more the Arlington Heights Park District continues to restore natural habitats.   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.  

  • A main objective is to prevent invasive species such as cattails, phragmites, and purpleloose strife to grow. 
  • Controlled burns offer an effective and practical means of controlling disease to trees and insects that cause harm to the environment. 
  • 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 to perform the burn. 
  • Burning encourages new growth of native vegetation and maintains the many plant and animal species whose habitats depend on this nutritional source. 
  • Prescribed burns take place every three years or so depending on the growth of vegetation. 

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