Clifftop held controlled burn at PWSNP

CONTROLLED BURN–A controlled burn was done by Clifftop at the Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve on Jan. 6. Pictured are some of the volunteers that helped that day.

Clifftop, a local conservation group which works to promote the conservation, preservation and protection of the Mississippi River bluffs corridor in Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair Counties, began the year with a controlled burn of 100 acres on Jan. 6.

The prescribed burn took place at the Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve (PWSNP) which is located at 3255 G Road near Fults. Controlled burns are used for a variety of reasons-most notably to maintain the health of existing natural areas. It restores nutrients, enhances future plant growth and helps keep most invasive plants in check.

For more on Clifftop’s efforts, please see this week’s print edition.