During burning season, I tend to get overly focused on prescribed fire, and that’s not a bad thing. In my opinion, we have not burned enough. We’ve logged plenty and overgrazed many areas, but we have burned too few acres since we began to realize in the 1960s that fire is a part of all terrestrial ecosystems. As I’ve said before, fire can do much more for the land, above and below ground, than grazing, logging, or mowing could ever hope to do.
Fire is necessary and it has a lot of catching up to do!
Nebraska’s NET, has voted the video linked below as the “Best of 2012 story on the science of controlled burning of grasslands”.
Note: the embed code won’t work on this blog for some reason, so you will need to click the link above to view the video.