Naper Park District to do controlled burns
Sun Staff March 2, 2013 4:28PM
Updated: April 7, 2013 6:07AM
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 weeds and brush and stimulates the growth of our area’s natural 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, call 630-848-5035 or visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Spring sites targeted for burning in Naperville include Arrowhead Park, Ashbury Park, Bailey Hobson Woods Park, Baileywood Park, Brighton Ridge Park, Brook Crossings, Carol Acres, Clow Creek Greenway, Country Lakes Park, DuPage River Park, DuPage Sports Complex, Fireman’s Memorial Park, Frontier Sports Complex, Hobson West Ponds, Kingsley Prairie, Knoch Knolls, May Watts Park, Meadow Glens Park, Naperbrook Golf Course, Oakridge Parkway, River Run Preserve North, Seager Park, Sindt Woods, Sportsman’s Park, Springbrook Golf Course, Springbrook Parkway, Summerfield Lakes, Tall Grass Lakes, University Heights Park, Veterans Park, Weigand Park, Wildflower Park and Will-O-Way Commons.