FIRE...... on the Prairie
In Wisconsin, United States
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"The uniformly rich soil of the Illinois and Wisconsin prairies produced so close and tall a growth of grasses that no tree could live on it. Had there been no fires, these fine prairies, so marked a feature of the country, would have been covered by the heaviest forest." - from Aldo Leopold’s "A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There"
Fire has always been a partner with healthy prairies. In dry conditions early in the spring or late in summer and early fall, lightning could strike and set a prairie ablaze. Later, Native Americans and Euro-Americans set prairie fires to help hunt animals and clear the land. Today, prairies are managed and maintained by prescribed burns.
During each burn, non-native plants are removed, allowing prairie plants more nutrients and room to grow. Prairie plants can survive fires since they have deep roots and grow from a point underground. A prescribed burn is a crucial component in prairie restoration.
Burns are conducted early in restoration projects to prepare the land for planting. Prairies are burned at regular intervals to help keep them healthy.
Permission to place this cache was granted by Bill Wagner, as well as permission to park in their parking lot to access this cache.
This is a Letterbox Hybrid Cache. The stamp within the cache is NOT A TRADE ITEM! Do not remove the stamp from the cache.
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Last Updated: on 1/1/2014 8:03:01 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (4:03 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum