Did you know that prescribed burning has been used for more than 10,000 years in the state of Minnesota as a way to restore health and integrity to native lands? We’re guessing that the terminology wasn’t the same, but American Indians used the ancient practice of “prescribed burning” to stimulate plant growth on grasslands that attracts big game wildlife and to keep forests open for food production and easy harvesting. They would also set fires to hunt, improve visibility, and make traveling through tallgrass prairies easier.
Although the value of a prescribed burn has not changed in over 10,000 years, it has become a much less common practice. However, WHR resource managers use prescribed burns as a land management tool that can greatly improve woodlands, prairies, and wetlands in the winter, spring, and summer.
But why fire?
Our natural ecosystem has evolved with fire making many species dependent on this important change agent to maintain their ecosystems. Fire is good for people, land, and natural habitats because it rejuvenates growth and ensures the survival and proliferation of native plants. When we suppress fires, invasive species threaten to out-compete our beautiful, native midwestern grass and tree species.
Top 10 benefits of a prescribed burn
There are countless benefits to a prescribed burn – how can we choose just 10? Here’s our best attempt at narrowing down the list. Prescribed burns:
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