Controlled native grass burning

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Each spring, the Western Maryland RC&D Forester assists DNR employees to conduct prescribed burning of privately owned warm season grass fields in Washington and Frederick Counties.  These native prairie grasses are dependent upon infrequent fires to reduce thatch from previous year’s growth, and to keep broadleaf weeds from overtaking the fields.  The forester serves as a firing boss, and works with the burn boss to ensure the safe ignition techniques/placement, direction, timing, and amount of fire to put down in order to meet prescription parameters outlined in a burn plan.