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Prescribed Forest Fire Frequency Should Be Based on Land Management Goals

68-year study shows long-term effects of burning forests at frequent intervals

 


ResearcherUniversity Forest Conservation Area land being burned every four years.

University Forest Conservation Area land being burned every four years.
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Story posted: April 18, 2017

By: Nathan Hurst

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In recent decades, scientists and land managers have realized the importance of controlled forest fires for reaching specific forest management objectives. However, questions remain about how often forests should be burned. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have studied forests subjected to different frequencies of fires to determine what effects fire can have on oak forests over long periods of time. They found that the frequency of prescribed forest fires should be determined based on the long-term goals of land managers.