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Ozark glade restoration
4:38 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Ozark glade restoration project heats up at Tyson

A flyover photo of experimental glades at Washington University's Tyson Research Center.
(Jon Wingo/DJM Ecological Services)

Researchers are conducting controlled burns this week at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center southwest of St. Louis.

The burns are part of a project to study how to restore Ozark glades – rocky forest clearings with native species that resemble those of the desert southwest.

Washington University ecologist and project lead Tiffany Knight says fire is a natural part of glade ecosystems.

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Forest Park / Controlled Burn
5:06 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Controlled fire burns new life into Forest Park

A staff member of DJM Ecological Services monitors a controlled burn of an area of Forest Park on Dec. 2, 2011.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

About 14 acres of Forest Park burned today as part of a new effort to naturally maintain its wildlife areas.

Clouds of white smoke wafted above Kingshighway as fire consumed acres of dry grass and brush in a north-east area of Forest Park.  Peter VanLinn, a park ecologist says this is the first controlled burn in the park's 135-year history.

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