Controlled burn to occur at reserve

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The Central Indiana Land Trust will conduct a controlled burn Dec. 6 on 28 acres of Nonie Werbe Krauss Nature Preserve, on 116th Street and Eller Road in Fishers. The burn is weather permitting.

The burn is being used to help restore habitats, control invasive species and benefit wildlife, according to a press release from the CILTI.

“We want to give residents plenty of notice so no one is alarmed by the burn,” CILTI Executive Director Cliff Chapman stated. “We also want to use this as an opportunity to explain that burns are a standard practice in the proper management of natural areas. Fire is nature’s way of managing prairies and forests. Because we have so few uncontrolled burns, it’s necessary to plan controlled burns to ensure that the ecosystems in our prairies and oak woodlands stay healthy. Fire helps to eliminate invasive species and allow native plants to prosper.”

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