The district conducts the burns to restore and improve natural plant and animal communities.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Tuesday, March 12
Controlled burn season is starting in your Lake County Forest Preserves. The burns improve habitat for native plants and wildlife. Specially trained and equipped Forest Preserve staff and volunteers carefully conduct the controlled burns, selecting sites based on wind and other weather conditions. Every spring and fall for the past 25 years, the Lake County Forest Preserves has safely conducted controlled burns to restore and improve natural plant and animal communities. Native woodlands, savannas, prairies and wetlands are fire-dependent communities that require regular controlled burns to maintain their ecological value. Controlled burns replace historical fires that naturally occurred in Lake County for thousands of years. They …
The burn was done to control invasive plant species in the forest preserve area.
Smoke was seen coming from Cuba Marsh near Cuba and Ela Roads in Lake Zurich Wednesday, but there was no reason to be alarmed. Lake County Forest Preserve officials were conducting a controlled burn in Cuba Marsh as part of routine maintenance. Forestry Crew Chief Mark Speckan was in charge of the burn. He said it was done to control invasive plant species like buckthorn and honeysuckle. “We did four burn units in Cuba Marsh,” he said. “We just burned all four burn units together because the conditions were right.” Speckan explained that Forest Preserve officials check out weather conditions and direction of the wind before selecting an area to burn. “We don’t want to smoke out a major road. We had a west northwest wind which blew the …