But this post shows great success as recent as March 7.
Nature Preserve field rep Kim Roman realized, as we - The Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves - finished that day's work at Goose Lake - that perhaps we were looking at an opportunity to burn the Cemetery. We had enough trained leaders and equipment. She seized the time, and we did it!
As you look at the photos below, realize that this was prairie! The natural ecosystem here has no trees, or perhaps a few widely spaced and fire-pruned oaks. Do we still have some work to do?
Here are the photos:
|Along the west edge, the crew had to crash through as-yet-uncut brush. At least there's some surviving grassland vegetation in this photo.|
|After the burn, back in civilian clothes, everyone felt great! (And we believe the prairie was starting to feel great too!)|
We look forward to the next time we'll be able to work here and at Goose Lake. For up-to-date info, and new events when we can schedule them, check out the website of Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves
One last graphic ... what we're looking forward to more of ... previous years' photos from this Nature Preserve by Mark Kluge: