The Illinois Climbers Association facilitated and sponsored a prescribed burn at the Holy Boulders property with the local SIUC Fire Dawgs in Spring 2015. The burn was very successful and a first step towards ecological restoration of the site.
Prescribed fire on the landscape is a crucial management tool used to promote healthy forest ecosystems. Historically, southern Illinois upland forests, especially south and west facing slopes (as defines the Holy Boulders), burned at an interval of 3-5 years, until fire suppression in the early 20th century. Fire is necessary to promote ecologically valuable tree species (e.g. oak-hickory) and mitigate unexpected, high intensity fires by diminishing fuel loads. Furthermore, fire allows for more open and aesthetic forests, void of large amounts of downed debris.
Special thanks to Dr. Charles Ruffner and the SIUC Saluki Fire Dawgs.
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Music: "Logan's Loop" by Andrew Bird