During the next several weeks, Naperville Park District crews will be conducting prescribed ground-level burns in various areas throughout the city in an effort to improve the habitat for native plants.
“Management of our parks by using controlled burns manages invasive weeds and brush and stimulates the growth of our area’s native vegetation,” explained Kevin Finnegan, director of parks.
Weather conditions and wind velocity and direction permit only a few sites to be burned each year, during either the spring or fall burn seasons. Trained crews supervise this process, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Naperville Fire Department issues an annual permit to the park district for this activity.
Residents near the selected sites will be notified via mail that the Naperville Park District’s Controlled Burn Program will be conducted in their area in the near future. For more information about controlled burns in your area, please call 630-848-5035 or visit our website at www.napervilleparks.org.