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Month: September 2013

LEEF Helps Study of Carbon Cycle after Prescribed Burns

LEEF Helps Study of Carbon Cycle after Prescribed Burns

Along a 20-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania-Maryland border, a rare, beautiful wilderness habitat persists. Historically, many thousands of acres of grassland and savanna were maintained by fires that would inhibit tree growth in the region. As human settlement increased, however, large-scale fires were suppressed. This allowed forests to spread, leaving only small remnants of open habitat where the soil was especially poor. Known as the State Line Serpentine Barrens, this area is home to rare plants, animals, and insects adapted…

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