Tuesday, January 15, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – The Value of Fire as a Land Management Tool

Prescribed burning can be used to maintain scenic and cultural landscapes, improve forest timber production, benefit wildlife habitat, maintain rare and threatened natural communities, and reduce the threat of wildfire by removing fuels. Joel Carlson will explain what prescribed fire is, why it is used, how it is implemented safely, and considerations that property managers and owners should take into account when exploring prescribed fire as a possible management tool, on Tuesday, January 15 from 1 – 3:30 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Though wildlife fire is commonly viewed as a threat to life and property, prescribed burning is a fire ignited, having a written prescribed fire plan, and meeting regulatory requirements. When properly managed, fire can rejuvenate open areas to create lush and healthy grasslands and provide beneficial habitat value to many open-land wildlife species. Burning also retards the growth of brush and trees, which can overtake open areas and crowd out some animal and plant species. $20 for members of the Ecological Landscaping Association and Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture. To register, call 617-436-5838, or email ela.info@comcast.net.