Fire cleanses Summit Metropark prairie

7:58 PM, Mar 27, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Summit County's Nature Realm goes under the flame to control invasive species, and to spur new growth.

Smoke rolled over West Akron today, but it wasn't from a structure fire. It was a controlled burn done by the Metroparks Serving Summit County.

Park officials say the use of fire is well known for improving habitats. Park naturalist Sarah Matheny said, "It helps eliminate a lot of invasive species and also restore nutrients into the soil to hopefully stimulate growth."

WKYC Photojournalist Carl Bachtel was sent to document the burn and his report is hot off the presses. To see it, click the play button.

The Metroparks serving Summit County has done controlled burns at two other parks and is planning others throughout the Spring.


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