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Prescribed Burns

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.

Completed Parks in 22-23 were the ARC basin, Carriage Walk, Centennial and Lake Arlington.

  • 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.
  • To learn more about prescribed burns, check out this video from The Chicago Park District.
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