Free Webinar - The Importance of Prescribed Burns

Lake Michigan Bird Observatory
06/26/2024 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Presenter: Scott Fulton, past president of The Prairie Enthusiasts

Description: Prior to European settlement, frequent low-intensity fires, set for thousands of years by the indigenous people, created a mosaic patchwork of parklike and remarkably biodiverse prairies, savannas, wetlands, and open woodlands. European settlement brought major changes, ultimately including almost complete suppression of fire on the land. This has resulted in the widespread closing of forest canopies and the replacement of sun-loving, fire-tolerant species with shade-tolerant, fire-sensitive plants. In recent decades, conservation land managers increasingly use prescribed fire as a tool to at least partially restore fire-dependent natural communities. This talk will discuss the ecological effects of this type of fire on the land as well as the general principles of how prescribed fire is conducted safely and effectively.