Metro Parks burns Norton field to help switchgrass habitat

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That fire and smoke around Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton Tuesday was all part of a process to restore and ?replenish a critical habitat.Nearly three acres of a switchgrass field was burned over a two-hour period. Using a drip torch and a mixture of kerosene and gasoline, 14 trained parks employees scorched the field in small segments.The action kills noxious weeds and woody shrubs as well as the switchgrass, but it doesn’t kill the nutrients in the plants, metro parks wildlife biologist Ramsey Langford said.The nutrients are absorbed back into the ground and in a month, a new field of fresh switchgrass — a dreamy habitat for many critters — will take its place, Langford said.The field, located on the northern end of the park near Medina Line Road,...

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