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Don't Burn Grass in Spring!

In Spring when snow melts away and there appears bare ground with dry grass of the past year, then comes distressful time of vernal fires. Some people make fires by burning dry grass and reeds of the previous year. The goal of such actions is so-called improving of the soil that stimulates growth of new greens. But in reality each fire is a crime against fragile world of nature! In the XXth century fires used to be scarce, now they acquire the scale of national disaster. 


Dry grass, reedis and foliage of last year is not garbage, this is precious defense of the soil against erosion and against washing away of nutricious elements. Also that is a source of nutricion, abode and house for loads of plants, mushrooms and animals. Nature has foreseen mechanisms due to which grass grows by itself, wothout fires. Grass of the previous year molds through and it never makes any obstacle to growth of young grass. Together with dry grass of previous year there burn out seeds of various plants, then fire-enduring hoarse weeds appear which force grass diversity out.

Early-spring fires mean that cranes, swans, wild geese, bustards, partridges and other birds that build nests on the ground, will never be able to rear up their young as only last-year grass can be used as shelter for their ness. First hare cubs also get deprived of any shelter.

One can often see burnt nests with leftovers of eggs, dead ducks, small mammals that perished from the fire. All living creatures perish in fire - bumble-bees, wild bees that spend winter in little burrows, lady-birds, ground beetles, new-born hare cubs, hedgehogs, lizards, frogs, toads. Even earthworms and other ground animals get "baked" in the upper layer of soil. Some die of fire, others die of soke. Just imagine: it takes years for ecosystems to get restored, quite often they change completely. Vernal and autumnal fire making are prohibited by law.

Don't burn grass and reeds! Save the Nature!