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In June 2022, a dozen crew members gathered alongside a rolling, green-gold meadow in North Texas, drip torches in hand. Their mission? Carefully burn a few hundred acres of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Clymer Meadow Preserve, a rare remnant of never-been-plowed Blackland Prairie located about 60 miles northeast of Dallas.The flames that swept across that lush, diverse swathe of meadow that day may have looked destructive. A plume of smoke rose from the ground and a rush of insects and rodents sped from the path of the oncoming fire. But the blaze, conducted under precise and controlled conditions, was part of a periodic regimen of prescribed burns that helps keep the land healthy.BackgroundIn the early 20th century, a series of catastrophic wildfires including the Big…
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