Monday, April 19, 2010

Prescribed Burns

Fire is essential to the survival of the oak savanna and tallgrass prairie. Without it these diverse ecosystems would disappear along with their unique flora and fauna. Prescribed burns are conducted safely by professionals and mimic naturally occurring fires such as lightning strikes. The same people who fight forest fires are the ones performing these controlled burns. Fire will help accelerate growth of the prairie species, eliminate shrubby vegetation and provide the soil with extra nutrients. In addition it will also help deal with invasive species ie. Black Locust, Japanese Honeysuckle, and Common Buckthorn.

This spring two prescribed burns were undertaken in the Ojibway Prairie Complex. Here are some photo/videos.

Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve

Black Oak Heritage Park

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