Conservation & Prescribed Burns

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What is Lincoln Marsh doing to restore the natural landscape?

What’s all this ‘smoke’ about restoration?

At the Wheaton Park District’s Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, we are not only here to help you enjoy and appreciate the many wonders of nature, we’re also working to preserve and restore the habitats that our native plants and animals need to thrive and survive.

Why is it important to restore native habitat and wildlife?

People often ask us, “Why can’t nature just take its course?” Human beings have always played a part in shaping the natural environment. Native Americans used to start prairie fires in order to […]

Prescribed Burns: A Prescription for Habitat Health

Fire and Habitat Health

In the Chicago region, fire is a natural and essential ingredient of healthy native ecosystems. Throughout history, lightning sparked natural fires, performing a “house cleaning” function for nature. Oak woodlands and prairies are adapted to fire and depend on it to maintain their unique character.

Fire helps local habitats thrive by:

  • Releasing nutrients from burned plant materials.
  • Helping seeds to grow.
  • Opening the woodland floor to sunlight so that native wildflowers and plants can flourish.

Restoring a Natural Cycle

In an effort to restore the natural fire cycle, forest preserve districts and other agencies use controlled burns […]

What can I do?

Explore the Outdoors!

By learning to love the natural world, you will be well-primed for taking care of it. Beyond this, you can become a “citizen scientist” by reading about and observing these natural areas, plants, and animals. The more you see, the better you can assist your local scientists and land managers.

Transform your backyard into a haven for local butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.

Visit the Conservation Foundation for information on how to transform your yard through their Conservation@Home Program. You’ll be amazed at how your own property can be transformed into a rich display of […]

Additional Online Resources

Where can I learn more about conservation and going green?