Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently conducted a prescribed burn at the Park. Perhaps surprisingly, fire is very beneficial for the sustainability and manageability of the Park’s coastal prairie. It removes excess leaf litter, allowing plants to flower, produce seed and grow bigger; and it increases nutrient levels in the soil. Fire allows sunlight to warm the soil more quickly, extending the growing season for warm-season plants, while also suppressing weeds and non-native grasses and woody plants that might otherwise take over the prairie.
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