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Controlled burning is the DNR's way of clearing out vegetation so native prairie grasses can make a comeback. (Brian Basham/Tribune)

DNR burns so native grass can thrive

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Controlled burns can range anywhere from a couple acres to hundreds of acres, and it's all about restoring and maintaining native prairie lands.

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The Detroit Lakes Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management office covers the western portion of Becker County, Mahnomen County and Norman County, and within those three counties are 50 wildlife management areas -- many of which are burned on a three to four year rotation.

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