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Doerun - The state oversaw this prescribed burn today at the Doerun Pitcherplant Bog Natural Area on Highway 133. Fire is needed to maintain natural plant communities in the longleaf ecosystem.

Biologist Shan Cammack says, "We're maintaining the longleaf wire grass ecosystem and there are just dozens and dozens of species of native ground cover in here that do really, really well with burns, especially in the growing season."

Biologists with the wildlife resources division burned close to 300 acres. They say wire grass and pitcherplants will begin to grow within weeks. Later this year, they plan to harvest the wire grass seed and plant it in other forests.

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