Plano Fire-Rescue's Wildland Firefighting team will work with Plano's Park Department to conduct a prescribed burn at the city's Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Tuesday.
"Arbor Hills Nature Preserve consists of three ecological areas: blackland prairie, upland forests and riparian zones. Management of the blackland prairie areas has consisted of large tractor mowing twice a year and this has resulted in a thick layer of thatch that reduces the amount of exposed soil necessary for prairie grass and flower seeds to germinate and perpetuate their species. It also allows invasive plant species to come in and take over the natural prairie ecosystems."
The carefully controlled burn was expected to start afeter 10 a.m.
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