The purpose of a prescribed fire (prescribed or controlled burn) is to remove debris and allow the plants more access to sunlight. Our native plants and wildlife are not fire tolerant they are fire-dependent. Removing fire from ecosystem management causes a rapid drop in productivity and a loss of biodiversity. It also helps to identify and treat populations of invasive species as the material hiding them is removed and controls invasive brush by controlling its above-ground growth.
In the Midwest, the burn season starts in mid-October and ends in late April. We burn when the conditions are right for the sites. There are limited burn days due to it being so dependent on warm, dry weather. Our highly trained crews take safety precautions and use only our own specialized equipment under the supervision of Certified Prescribed Burn Managers. We will never go through with the prescribed fire if we feel that it is unsafe or could damage property.