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Rejuvenating The Prairie With Fire

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Open space managers turn to an ancient solution to maintaining and improving prairie restorations across the region. Every year in the spring and fall a controlled burn is a way to clear away unwanted vegetation. At this time of year, the fire clears the slate to give new growth a jump start with increased access to sunlight and a boost of nutrients in the soil. College of DuPage Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler conducts prescription burns in the open spaces at the Glen Ellyn based community college. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited with Remic as he conducted a controlled burn

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Hoping For A Healthy Buzz at COD

This is the second year of a pollination project at College of DuPage. COD’s Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler set up four honeybee hives near the corner of Fawell and Park Boulevards. That’s where he and Wheaton based bee-keeper Mike Bock met up this week. First Light host Brian O'Keefe joined them for a trip to the hives

COD Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler (left) and Wheaton's Mike Bock (right) work to maintain the honeybee hives at College of DuPage

COD Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler (left) and Wheaton's Mike Bock (right) work to maintain the honeybee hives at College of DuPage

College of DuPage Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler prepares to visit and maintain the four bee hives on the eastern edge of the COD campus

College of DuPage Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler prepares to visit and maintain the four bee hives on the eastern edge of the COD campus

Bee keeper Mike Bock examines the health of COD's honeybees

Bee keeper Mike Bock examines the health of COD's honeybees