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Prescribed Burn

“Here’s where redesign begins in earnest, where we stop trying to be less bad and start figuring out to be good.” – William McDonough

Photos by Alex Wiles

Fire is a natural part of many ecological communities. Historically, Native Americans would set fire to prairies, keeping the woody vegetation at bay. Our oak woodlands have been lacking fire for nearly 200 years and, as a result, these areas are in decline. One of the aspects of restoration includes reintroducing fire in a controlled manner, which is conducted by highly trained staff and volunteers. These fire events, which take place roughly once per year, help to control invasive species while recycling nutrients back into the soil in a readily available form.

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