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The Village of Lombard’s Public Works Department, in conjunction with Bedrock Earthscapes, LLC of Wheaton, will be performing controlled (prescribed) burns this Spring to help promote healthy native vegetation.
The burns are anticipated to take place in late March and mid-April, based on weather and site conditions. The controlled burns are scheduled to take place at the following locations:
• Terrace View Pond, just east of Park View Elementary School, near Greenfield Ave. and Elizabeth St.
• Morris Pond, in the neighborhood northwest of Main St. and Roosevelt Rd.
• The Surges Center Public Works Complex, located on Garfield St., north of North Ave.
• The pond at Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Ave., and areas adjacent to the Public Works Facility at 1051 S. Hammerschmidt Ave.
Due to the timeline of the controlled burns relying heavily on weather conditions, notice will be given one day prior to the burn. Notice will be posted on the Village’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Notice will also be given to School District 44, the Lombard Park District and the Fire and Police Departments. Personnel performing the prescribed burn will be equipped with fire-fighting tools and safety equipment.
The purpose of a burn is to control non-native vegetation by mimicking natural fires. The burn will leave behind native plants that are able to survive such fire events. These native plants will create a balanced ecosystem. Additional information about habitat restoration can be found at www.dupageforest.com.
An open burn permit has been obtained from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The burn plan has also been reviewed and approved by the Lombard Fire Department. Bedrock Earthscapes Inc., and Village employees are trained in controlled burn tactics and are equipped with fire-fighting tools and safety equipment. For more information visit www.villageoflombard.org/controlledburns or contact Public Works at (630)620-5740.