Controlled Burning

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    Throughout history humans have relied on periodic fires as an effective way to manage land. Today agencies and organizations across Kentucky are using controlled burns, also knows as prescribed fires, to accomplish specific land management goals. These burns are planned within predetermined boundaries and conducted by trained individuals when suitable weather conditions occur. 

Igniting a Controlled Burn ~ photo by John Brunjes

Benefits of Controlled Burning

  • Enhances wildlife habitat
  • Reduces the risk of catastrophic fires
  • Promotes native vegetation
  • Improves forest and grassland health
  • Controls unwanted vegetation