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Tag Archives: controlled burn
As I mentioned last week, prescribed fire can help meet many prairie management objectives. It’s important, however, to match the timing of the burn to those objectives in order to avoid conducting a fire that is either unproductive or counterproductive. … Continue reading
We are behind on our burn schedule this year. The weather hasn’t been great for carrying out safe and effective burns, so we’ve only gotten a few done. Our prescribed fires are always part of broader management plans, often including … Continue reading
Last Friday, I wandered through the small prairie we burned back on March 10. Even though it is still very early spring, there were already a number of prairie plants popping out of the ground. I posted photos of this site … Continue reading
We conducted our first prescribed burn of the Spring this week. It was very small – about an acre or so – surrounded by gravel roads. The first burn after a long winter is always a little rocky; everyone’s a … Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I wrote about our trip to the Konza Prairie Biological Station in eastern Kansas. On that trip, we learned about research results showing that frequent spring fires (one or two year frequency) can prevent encroachment of … Continue reading
I made a trip down to our Rulo Bluffs Preserve last week. I wanted to get down and see the results of the prescribed fire we conducted earlier this spring. We’re in a restoration mode at the site, trying to … Continue reading
I’ve conducted hundreds of prairie fires without incident, but still feel a sense of relief every time we wrap another one up successfully. Today’s featured photo shows the tail end – the denouement, if you will – of one of this year’s spring fires. … Continue reading
It’s been a difficult year for conducting prescribed fires so far – the wind seems to be blowing even harder and more consistently than in recent memory. And that’s saying something, living in the Great Plains. A couple of weeks … Continue reading
It’s burn season on the Platte and our team is foaming at the mouth to get some fire on the ground. Prescribed fire is completely dependent on suitable weather conditions, so almost every day we wake up hopeful to burn, … Continue reading
Would you purposefully destroy the nest of a wild turkey or grasshopper sparrow? Of course not. But what if that destruction was a consequence of a land management action that benefits the larger prairie community? That was the situation we were faced with last week as we mulled … Continue reading