|Public Act 095-0108
||LRB095 08222 CMK 28392 b
AN ACT concerning the environment.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Illinois Prescribed Burning Act.
Legislative findings; purpose.
(a) Prescribed burning is a land management tool that
benefits the safety of the public, the environment, and the
economy of the State. Therefore, the General Assembly finds
(1) Most of the State's natural communities require
periodic fire for maintenance of their ecological health.
Prescribed burning is essential to the perpetuation,
restoration, and management of many plant and animal
communities. Significant loss of the State's biological
diversity will occur if fire is excluded from these
(2) Public agencies and non-governmental organizations
in the State have spent millions of dollars to purchase
hundreds of thousands of acres of land for parks, wildlife
areas, State forests, nature preserves and other outdoor
recreational purposes. The use of prescribed burning for
management of these public and private lands is essential