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A windmill stands in a pasture being burned (background) as part of a prescribed burn in Chase County, Kansas. Prairie grasses in the Flint Hills, like this pasture, are intentionally burned by land mangers and cattle ranchers in the spring to prepare the land for cattle grazing and help maintain a healthy tallgrass prairie ecosystem. In this photo, burned pasture is contrasted with unburned grass. Less than four percent of the original 140 million acres of tallgrass prairie remains in North America. Most of the remaining tallgrass prairie is in the Flint Hills in Kansas. The prairie has survived here because the soil is heavily laden with limestone and chert (commonly called flint) making it unsuitable for plowing. This rocky soil, combined with a cycle of wildfires and animal grazing has preserved the tallgrass prairie.
- © John L. Dengler
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