Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University Implements Eco-Friendly Land Management

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University’s Facilities Management has undertaken several projects aimed at improving the university grounds’ landscape through the use of prescribed burns, a process endorsed by environmental experts.

According to a recent update, these controlled burns are conducted to manage wild prairie grasses and promote ecological health. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources supports these burns between October 1 and April 30. Securing permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency annually, the University targets the Spring Break period for this activity.

Research underpins the benefits of these burns, indicating enhanced flowering, pollination, and biodiversity conservation in prairie ecosystems. By manipulating factors like shade and soil conditions, the burns aid in seed production, benefiting the ecosystem substantially. The Western Illinois University’s commitment to sustainability is evident as it pursues these burns to better serve both the campus community and the local environment. The Landscape Maintenance team, responsible for about four acres of vegetation, performs this task yearly to maintain the area’s natural health and aesthetic.

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