Restored tallgrass prairie blackened in Nebraska
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) _ More than 60 acres of restored tallgrass prairie has been burned at the Homestead National Monument of America in southeast Nebraska.
Officials say Thursday's burn was done to ensure the prairie parcel continued to thrive. Homestead Superintendent Mark Engler says such fires are used to control woody plants, invasive species and reduce thatch. He says fire ``is a natural occurrence that holds many benefits for the native prairie grasses.''
Homestead National Monument of America sits four miles west of Beatrice, along Nebraska Highway 4.
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