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PRAIRIES: Burning required to maintain habitat

Re: “‘Just a bug, but a very beautiful bug’” (TNT, 5-25).

The only self-supported population of Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, once found on prairies from Vancouver Island to the Willamette Valley, is limited to the prairie around the artillery impact zone at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife and others have reported that the prairies of the South Puget Sound area developed by replacing forests during a warm-dry climatic period around 10,000 to 7,000 years ago. Temperatures have been cooler for thousands of years since this warmer period, known as the Holocene Maximum, but these

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