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PRESCRIBED FIRE WITH WFE - OVERVIEW
During the last 20 years, there has been a concerted effort by agencies, landowners, and conservation groups to reintroduce fire to the landscape.  After almost two centuries of fire exclusion, land managers are again utilizing prescribed fire for wildlife habitat improvement, forest health management, and ecosystem rehabilitation.  See the links page for more resources.
 
Wildlife Habitat Improvement 

Improving habitat is the primary reason many landowners utilize fire. There are countless reasons why fire is such a beneficial practice for wildlife management. Foremost, it is one of the only natural disturbances that we can reliably mimic.  Most importantly, fire produces conditions that no other regime can replicate.  Surprisingly, the cost of prescribed fire is often less than other implementation methods and results often show up more quickly.  Upland songbirds, like bobwhite quail, typically prosper with a 2 or 3 year rotation, while Eastern wild turkeys and whitetail deer are favored with rotations of 4 to 6 years. These differing timelines correlate to maintenance of early-successional habitat compared to production of browse and woody cover. Additionally, the benefits spill over to a variety of non-game species like prairie warblers, red-cockaded woodpeckers, certain reptiles, salamanders, and bobcats .
 
Forest Management - Hazard Reduction and Silviculture 
Wildfire is no longer a remote threat to piedmont timber stands.  Accumulated fuels, close proximity to urban populations, and current climatic conditions all create risks for pine stands.  The typical season for conducting hazard reduction burns is November through March.  These burns are ideal for stands that are young or have been recently thinned, as temperature levels are low and trees are dormant.  Silvicultural burns can be done any time during the growing season months (May-Oct.) depending on site conditions, but late summer burns often produce the best results in terms of  competition control.  Ideally, growing season burns are best suited to semi-mature stands which have undergone at least one hazard reduction burn at some point in the rotation.  Compared with other methods, prescribed fire application is still one of the most cost-effective treatments for controlling undesirable competition.
 
 
Ecosystem Rehabilitation & Species Recovery

Biologists have barely scratched the surface in terms of knowing what plant and animal species require some type of fire regime for their survival or prosperity.  Red-cockaded woodpeckers, longleaf pine, mountain bogs, and the piedmont prairie ecosystem are just a few examples.  The list is growing rapidly.  Burns conducted in order to promote single species or specific plant communities often require extensive planning and require unique conditions because of the desire for fire to resemble a natural process.  When considering the reintroduction of fire on the landscape, it is beneficial to research the natural fire history for similar forest and plant communities.

To date, we have assisted in fire restoration efforts for the following species: smooth coneflower, red-cockaded woodpeckers, wiregrass, eastern diamondback rattlesnake, bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, woodcock, table mountain pine, dwarf-flowered heartleaf, as well as many others.
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PRESCRIBED BURNING EFFECTS

 
Every effort is made to ensure that a prescribed fire is implemented safely and effectively on your property.  However, fire can be a very complex phenomenon, often exhibiting "patches" of higher intensity in some areas that appear to be completely uniform in terms of fuels. 
 
For the landowner that has never had fire on their land, the process can sometimes be scary and the immediate appearance can sometimes look destructive.  Blackened tree bark, scorched needles on lower branches, dead saplings, and exposed soils are just a few of the characteristics that may be present for the first few weeks following a burn. 
 
Please consider that fire is natural process that sometimes requires multiple introductions for objective achievement.  Please contact us with questions and concerns prior to planning a burn.
 
All burn bosses are state certified.  WFE is state certified and fully insured for liability.