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Tyler Litton uses a drip torch Monday as he conducts a prescribed fire in a waterfowl production area west of Willmar on land managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service out of Litchfield. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Controlled burns ongoing to rejuvenate prairie lands

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The cloud of smoke seen in the distance does not always indicate a sign of trouble, rather smoke can signify renewal of the prairie.

In March, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff throughout the Midwest began using controlled burns to rejuvenate prairie, woodland and wetland habitats by consuming accu- mulated dead vegetation, stimulating new growth and controlling non-native plants.

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