Thursday, November 29, 2012
The burn was done to control invasive plant species in the forest preserve area.
Smoke was seen coming from Cuba Marsh near Cuba and Ela Roads in Lake Zurich Wednesday, but there was no reason to be alarmed. Lake County Forest Preserve officials were conducting a controlled burn in Cuba Marsh as part of routine maintenance. Forestry Crew Chief Mark Speckan was in charge of the burn. He said it was done to control invasive plant species like buckthorn and honeysuckle. “We did four burn units in Cuba Marsh,” he said. “We just burned all four burn units together because the conditions were right.” Speckan explained that Forest Preserve officials check out weather conditions and direction of the wind before selecting an area to burn. “We don’t want to smoke out a major road. We had a west-northwest wind which blew the …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The cause of the blaze was confirmed by Lake County Forest Preserve officials.
A Canadian National Railway train is said to have sparked the Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve fire on June 25. Lake County Forest Preserve officials say it's not uncommon for sparks from the train rolling across the tracks to start a wildfire, especially in dry weather. The blaze burned 50 acres of Cuba Marsh with no damage to any structures. Two fire departments, the Lake County Wildland Wildfire Response Team and District staff responded. No injuries were reported. "The response team came prepared and educated and set a backburn to limit the wildfire from burning more acreage," said Jim Anderson, Natural Resource Manager with the Lake County Forest Preserve District. "Several years of collaboration with the fire departments has paid off as…
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Taking in a bit of Fall weather at Cuba Marsh.
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- Ken Schnepf
Saturday, November 6, 2010
It was a great day to spend a few minutes along the walking path and take in some nature at Cuba Marsh.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Volunteers collect, mix and sow seeds to help restore Ela Prairie to its native glory.
An uncommonly warm October morning greeted about 20 volunteers gathered at Ela Prairie early Saturday, Oct. 9 as they prepared to collect and sow seed across a two-acre swath of prairieland golden with early autumn. For about three hours, the group labored in the sun to pluck seeds from wild quinine, prairie dropseed, rough blazing star, little bluestem and other indigenous plants. Their yield would either be sown immediately in areas of the land recently cleared of brush or saved for planting next fall. The volunteer workers also cast into a light wind seeds from last year's collection, with the hope that those seeds would take root where they landed. "We made a seed mix from seed that we collected last year, that volunteers cleaned and …