Wood turtle (Photo by Joe Crowley)

Wood turtle (Photo by Joe Crowley)

prescribed burn

When a fire is set intentionally to aid in conservation and stewardship. In some ecosystems fire can be a critical and even indispensable stewardship tool. In savannah and tall grass prairie habitats, early spring burns promote fire adapted species and are essential to maintain this unique habitat and the species that depend on it. Fire opens up the understory, clearing away non-native and other woody plants, letting in sunlight, stimulating the germination of seeds and releasing nutrients into the ground.

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