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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A controlled burn that was expected to take place Thursday at UNC Greensboro has been canceled due to weather conditions.

A UNCG spokesperson says the controlled burn is purposed to establish a “Piedmont Prairie” — a fire-adapted ecosystem that was once common in the Piedmont, but has nearly disappeared due to urban development and fire bans.  Establishing the prairie would aid in the preservation of the natural ecosystem.

The spokesperson says a particular piece of land on campus has been selected for the project, which is headed by Dr. Elizabeth Lacey, a UNCG biology professor.  The plan was developed by students in Dr. Lacey’s conservation biology course, the spokesperson said.

The burn was to be conducted by Dr. Ken Bridle, who works with the Piedmont Land Conservancy.  Bridle is certified to conduct the burn, which is expected to last about 30 minutes, the spokesperson said.  The Greensboro Fire Department, the Forest Service, and campus police will work with Dr. Bridle.

Once the burn is conducted, it could take several years for the prairie to be established.

As of Thursday morning, there was no set make-up date for the burn.