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How Fire Makes Our Plants Grow Greener

Native Plants love controlled burns. The nutrients released by the ash results in greener, more vigorously growing plants. Prescribed burns also help to keep insect populations in check, as well as keep certain invasive plants at bay. Burning plants results in a net negative of CO2 in the atmosphere, as most of the carbon dioxide a plant absorbs is stored in the roots. Due to this “Carbon Sequestration,” these burnt native warm season grasses will take in more CO2 than their burnt stems gave off due to the increase in growth.

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