Back in April, I wrote a post about the regrowth after one of our spring prescribed fires. That’s a fun time of year to burn because the growing season is getting started and the response of green plants pushing through the black ash comes strong and fast. Typically, fall burns don’t show any green-up until the next spring. This year, however, the crazy warm weather has changed things a little. In the two burns we’ve done this fall, most of the ground is still black and barren, but here and there, some green is pushing up through the ash as well.
Here are some photos I took this week of a burn we conducted two weeks earlier. The site was a recently restored prairie (2013 planting) and this was the first burn at the site. Green plants weren’t the only interesting things I found as I walked around.
Fire and prairies go together like bologna and ketchup. (There is no discussion about that, by the way, it’s just a fact.)
It’s always fun to watch prairies green up following a prescribed fire. Plant regrowth is rapid and vigorous, especially after a fire that takes place just as the growing season is starting. In fact, because the soil warms up faster in recently burned areas, we often see plant species emerging weeks earlier where we’ve burned than in unburned prairies. The photos below were all taken one week after a fire we conducted at The Platte River Prairies this spring.