We completed our first prescribed burn in our woods and prairie this year! We spent several days preparing for this by clearing trees that fell during the winter. We used a backpack blower to clear around snags, trees, and the 2 brush piles we’re keeping for habitat purposes. We also mowed and blew a firebreak between our property and the neighboring property.
Fire is a great management tool for prairies and woods when used with other management tools. Jim and will adhere to the principle of burning only a portion (maybe 30%) of the prairie and woodland areas for each burn. This provides refugia, ensuring overwintering insects and other mammals are not killed, especially those invertebrates depending on a particular species for survival. We value the insects and critters living on the land and want to be good stewards on their behalf.