Wilmington, IL – In a concerted effort to maintain the ecological health of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, the fire management team is set to conduct prescribed pile burns today, January 18.
These controlled burns, crucial for prairie restoration, will occur in multiple designated areas across the prairie landscape. Visitors are urged to heed all prescribed burn signage and refrain from entering the affected zones. The burns are part of a strategic plan to manage vegetation and promote the prairie’s natural regeneration processes.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, prescribed burns are a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health, and reduce wildfire risks. These burns help maintain the diverse prairie ecosystem, supporting native plant species and wildlife.
The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, a significant conservation area, utilizes these burns as a vital tool in its ongoing restoration efforts. Visitors planning to visit the prairie today should stay informed about the burn areas and follow all safety guidelines provided by the authorities.