September 23, 2014; by Dr. Craig Harper; Professor of Wildlife Management and Extension Wildlife Specialist, University of Tennessee
Abstract: The use of prescribed fire among natural resource professionals in the Mid-South is increasing. Objectives for burning are most often related to ecosystem restoration and wildlife management. Prescribed fire may be used to alter plant structure and composition in hardwood forests, restore or maintain woodlands, savannas, and grasslands, and maintain or enhance early successional communities for various wildlife species. Prescribed fire is used differently depending on current conditions and objectives. Fire intensity, frequency, and timing are critical considerations when managing vegetation communities. The effect of burning various vegetation types in the Mid-South and how burning may be used to enhance habitat for various wildlife species will be discussed.