FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Good to know!
WHAT IS PRESCRIBED BURNING?
We have gotten away from it in recent times, but for millennia, fire was a natural part of the life cycle of native woodlands, meadows, and wetlands. Fire reinvigorates native plant species and controls invasive species.
Prescribed burning is an effective strategy to accomplish resource management goals, tailored to a specific piece of land, without chemicals.
WHY CHOOSE PRESCRIBED BURNING?
There are so many natural benefits to prescribed burning:
To open up habitats for native species.
To release the nutrients in old plant material.
To enhance the nutritive value of soil, thereby encouraging the growth of native plants.
To control and top kill woody plants, to non-native species and control cool-season grasses.
To encourage native warm-season grasses by providing blackened, warm ground.
To reduce the risk of wildfire.
To improve the habitats of many birds and mammals.
To promote the germination of seeds by removing duff from the forest floor.
To encourage the growth of native plant species and the regeneration of woody plants in the understory.
To significantly reduce tick population.
IS PRESCRIBED FIRE SAFE?
Our team has years of federal wildland/ prescribed fire experience and all the training and certification that comes with it, and we comply with all applicable codes for performing prescribed burns. We plan our burns to minimize smoke exposure to nearby residents, monitor weather conditions, and strategize for specific management objectives. Every burn is a carefully planned affair, and we provide specialized attention to each situation.
WHAT ABOUT EROSION?
Prescribed fire does not increase the likelihood of erosion. Root structures below the ground remain intact; only fuels on the surface will be removed.
WILL THE FIRE DAMAGE EXISTING STRUCTURES LIKE FENCES, BRIDGES, OR SHEDS?
We take steps to prevent such damage (we've spent our careers preventing it!) by removing fuel around the structures and having plans in place to protect them as needed.