Prescribed fire

Fire is an integral component of many ecosystems in the southern U.S., especially shortleaf and longleaf pine systems.  The use of prescribed fires not only serves an ecological purpose, but can be a very useful forest management tool.  Proper use and implementation of prescribed fire is critical to effective results.  If used properly, prescribed fire can control competing vegetation, increase resilience of remaining trees, and improve the health of the forest.


2015 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report

Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, 2015
Bark Beetles, Drought, and Prescribed Fire Southern Regional Extension Forestry - Forest Health, 2018

Prescribed Fire Liability Report for the Southern United States: A Summary of Statutes and Cases

Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P and North Carolina State Extension, 2022

Why we burn: prescribed burning as a management tool

Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, 2007

Don't fear the fire: Using prescribed fire to build resilience to drought and beetles

Southern Fire Exchange, USDA Forest Service, Clemson University, 2018

Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils


Fire Ecology Program

Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservatory

Restoring and managing longleaf pine ecosystems

USDA Forest Service - Southern Research Station

Southern Fire Exchange

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