Renewal through fire: Knox College prairie burn a lesson in restoration ecology

From the Register-Mail:

One hour before flame burned prairie grass, you could close your eyes and let sound tell a story.

The only audible noises at Knox College’s Green Oaks Biological Field Station were a chorus provided by frogs from a nearby pond and the call of crows as they moved over and through leafless timber.

The quiet didn’t last long. Change was on the way.

By 11 a.m. Saturday close to 200 students, professors, alums and the curious filed into Knox College’s 700 acres of forest, grassland and aquatic habitat located in western Knox County near the Spoon River — about five miles south of Victoria along Knox Highway 15. They were gathered for annual spring prairie burn.