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Prescribed Burning 338

What it is

Fire applied to manage grassland, forestland, pasture land, wildlife areas, or hayland within a prescribed set of conditions, dates, and with appropriate safety precautions to achieve a specific purpose.

How it helps

Prescribed burning helps:

  • control undesirable vegetation
  • prepare sites for harvesting, planting or seeding
  • control plant disease
  • reduce wildlife hazards
  • improve wildlife habitat
  • improve plant production quantity and/or quality
  • remove debris
  • enhance seed production
  • facilitate the distribution of grazing and browsing animals
  • restore and maintain ecological sites
  • manage native plant diversity/composition

Learn more

Find NRCS Massachusetts technical information in the Field Office Technical Guide: eFOTG.

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