Learn How Prescribed Burns Aid Ecological Restoration

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Learn How Prescribed Burns Aid Ecological Restoration


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You know that fire can be beneficial to natural ecosystems, but how do you know when the time is right? Have you ever been curious about what it takes to plan and implement a prescribed burn?

Find out how at "Prescribed Fire in Ecological Restoration" from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood.

Prescribed burning refers to the use of fire as a management tool, in which managers control the timing and extent of fires to have the maximum ecological benefit at a minimum cost, and to do so while ensuring the safety of the fire crew and the public.

Because most native ecosystems of the Midwest formed under the influence of recurrent fires, prescribed burning is the single most important management tool that a conservation district uses in ecological restoration.

This workshop, run by McHenry County Conservation District restoration ecologist Jeff Murray and McHenry County Conservation District restoration technician Adam Rex, will provide Chicago Wilderness Crew Member Burn Training certification. Part of the class will be outdoors, so dress for the weather. Bring a lunch and something to drink.

The program is for those ages 14 and older. …

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