Improving Habitat Through Prescribed Fire - The Nature Conservancy

Forest fires and prairie fires are an integral part of nature. Regular cycles of natural or manmade fires have typically kept forests and grasslands healthy by clearing away excessive brush and undergrowth to make way for new vegetation. According to anthropologists, fire has been an important land management tool for centuries—Native American tribes regularly burned the Texas plains to foster the growth of new foliage and to facilitate hunting.

Conservationists today have learned what those Native American tribes knew, and they use prescribed fires to benefit the landscape. Prescribed fire refers to the practice of intentionally burning a specific parcel of land. These targeted fires can ultimately shape an entire ecosystem, dictating the types of plants and animals found in a given area

Contact Improving Habitat Through Prescribed Fire - The Nature Conservancy

John Karges
Associate Director of Field Science
318 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas  78701
Phone: (210) 301-5618


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