Burning fields brings new life to Raleigh ecostation

For immediate release ‐ January 22, 2024

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Fields at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh were on fire Thursday, but for good reason.

“It’s used as a management technique to take what’s above the ground, burn it back,” explains Emma Blackford, head of the Ecostation. “It exposes seeds and it adds nutrients to the soil through the ash that’s produced.”

She says that burning done in this way is restorative. Everything on top of the ground is dead, but below the surface, roots and seeds and alive and well, waiting for the right time to thrive.

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