Seasonality of Fire Revisited

This is an update of a previous post regarding the seasonality of fire (click link below). It is an extensive summary of literature pertaining to the subject. I rearranged the information and converted it to a shareable PDF. By all accounts, in the Midwest and Midsouth, fires after mid-February are growing season fires, are potentially damaging to ecological processes, and have no historical antecedent, despite the current cultural and professional perception. The research overwhelmingly shows that prescribed fire, in this region, is best restricted to the fully dormant season; the end of which is heralded by Spring Peepers beginning their peeping and wildflowers awakening into the duff and leaf litter.The most responsible and effective use of prescribed fire is low intensity fire during the fully dormant winter or, if necessary, late fall after leaf drop.

NatureCITE's Seasonality of Fire White Sheet


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