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The fire builds in the prairie part of Indian Springs Metropark (click for larger version)
November 17, 2010 - Seventeen acres of Indian Springs Metropark went up in smoke, Nov. 8, but for a good cause.

Park officials conducted the prescribed ecological burn as part of its management plan to restore a healthy prairie ecosystem in the park. Nine workers from PlantWise ecological restoration organization and Metroparks Natural Resource Department completed the burn in three hours near the park's Environmental Discovery Center.

Controlled burns help restore prairies by suppressing many non-native species and allowing local species to thrive. In addition, some plant seeds require exposure to fire to emerge from dormancy and grow. Controlled burning also encourages the cycling of nutrients through the soil.

For more information, call 248-625-6640.

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