November 25, 2017, 1:56 am
Thermal Thinning and Pruning with Prescribed Fire Benefits Longleaf Pine Stands

Johnny Stowe, a Heritage Preserve manager with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and also a certified wildlife biologist and forester, said the benefits of prescribed fire are many. These benefits include: 1) reducing fuel loads that would otherwise create potential for dangerous wildfires; 2) limiting damage from disease and insect pests such as brown-spot needle blight and red-headed saw-flies (with proper timing); 3) creating, restoring, or enhancing habitat for wildlife and desirable plant species while yielding aesthetically pleasing landscapes; and 4) preserving the ancient and multi-cultural tradition, ritual, and heritage of woods-burning as a landscape management tool—a natural process that has shaped the character of landscapes, as well as people and societies for many millennia.

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