Prairie burns set for Oct. 30 to Nov. 3

Prairie burns set for Oct. 30 to Nov. 3


Prairies thrive when they are burned. Fire suppresses the invasion of unwanted species into areas slated for restoration with native vegetation.

For those reasons, staff and volunteers of the Natural Land Institute are devoting Tuesday, Oct. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 3 to burning select portions of the 721-acre Nygren Wetland Preserve, located about a mile west of Rockton, Ill., on Rockton Road. Burns start at 10 a.m.; meeting place is the red shed.

Fire is weather-dependent, so please call 964-6666 to learn if conditions allow for burning. Burn leaders make determinations daily based on wind, humidity and other factors required for safety. Additional burn days will be on Nov. 6 through 9, if needed.

Restoration of native plants at the Carl and Myrna Nygren Wetland Preserve will recreate the natural beauty of the land as it appeared in the 1800s and provide permanent homes for thousands of birds, ducks, geese and other wildlife. When restored, it will be the largest wetland complex in the region.

The Nygren Preserve is a restoration project of the Natural Land Institute. Based in Rockford, the Natural Land Institute is a member-supported, nonprofit organization with a 43-year history of protecting land, water and wildlife in Illinois and Wisconsin. About 30 years ago, the organization was among the first to recognize that plants and animals are fire-dependent, and that prairies cleansed by fire produce much more vegetation than those left unburned for years.

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