A prescribed burn of the prairie at Nature At The Confluence Nature Center in South Beloit is planned for Saturday, March 26, between 1:00-5:00 p.m., contingent on weather and wind conditions. The parking lot and trails will be closed to the public between 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. that day.

Nature At The Confluence is working with a team of trained staff and volunteers with Natural Land Institute to perform this burn. Natural Land Institute (NLI) has helped residents of northern Illinois conserve their land for over 60 years. The Centennial Prairie at Nature At The Confluence was seeded in 2017 with the goal of establishing the healthiest possible habitat for wildlife and plants, and to achieve aesthetic, ecological, and economic benefits for the residents of the community. Fire helps combat the growth of low-quality, invasive weeds while stimulating the propagation of high-quality native plants.

The site will be prepared ahead of time to ensure that appropriate fire breaks are established prior to lighting any burns. The people leading the burn have been trained in how to safely conduct prescribed fires. They will use all the necessary gear, safety precautions and protocol to safely perform this burn.

If you have questions or concerns, you may contact Nature At The Confluence at 815-200-6910 or info@natureattheconfluence.com