Benefits of Prescribed Burning
Prescribed burning removes accumulated fuels and therefore the risk of intense wildfires.
This material is an impediment to both people and planting equipment and serves as potential wildfire fuel.
Prescribed burning can create a more favorable seedbed when regenerating trees/plants by direct seeding, planting, or natural regeneration.
Prescribed burning reintroduces a natural process that stimulates food and cover amount other benefits to which most of Arkansas’s wildlife are adapted.
Often unwanted plant species managed with herbicide and/or mechanical treatmens can be more effective when fire is part of the prescription.
Researchers are only just beginning to understand how fire and smoke can help control certain plan and animal insects and diseases in a natural ecosystem.
In order to perform a proper burn that is to code and safe for everyone (and every location involved), Arkansas Prescribed Fire Network has created an easy to follow checklist of items to consider when planning/conducting/contracting a prescribed burn.
The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Network
The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Network is a cooperative project of the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council. The purpose of the Network is to provide accurate information on the use and benefits of prescribed fire in Arkansas, provide a place where people can come to find information, post photos, learn about training and equipment locations, and find help getting their own prescribed fires accomplished safely and effectively.
The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council
The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council (APFC) was started in 1997 as the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Committee by natural resource managers across the state to promote the benefits of prescribed fire to agency personnel and citizens. The first product of this committee was the Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool Workshop which is held once a year to educate state and federal agency personnel on the use and benefits of prescribed fire on the landscape. Over a decade later, participants now include non-government personnel and a few private landowners for a week’s worth of education and on-the-ground training and experience using prescribed fire in Arkansas.