Prescribed forest burns scheduled in southern IL - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Prescribed forest burns scheduled in southern IL

(KFVS) - In the next few months staff with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be performing prescribed burns in the Giant City State Park and Trail of Tears State Forest.

The burns are scheduled between Feb. 17 and April 1, but this will also depend on weather conditions.

Due to these prescribed burns, portions of both Giant City and Trail of Tears will be closed to the public. 

According to IDNR, prescribed burns help improve forest growth by promoting a health ecosystem, helps with the regeneration of oak and hickory trees and helps manage the spread of invasive species.

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