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Man mimics nature when he uses fire as a land management tool. One way to use fire is through controlled burning; another way is to use prescribed fire.
According to David Riskind, director of natural resources for state parks, there is a difference between the two.
Controlled burning is a term that people use that you start at part A, and you burn until you get to part B. Professional land managers use the term prescribed fire because you have specific objectives, you have specific outcomes, you burn under very specific conditions. And so a prescription is a planning document… you lay everything out ahead of time and you then implement it with very specific objectives in mind.
Riskind adds that those objectives usually have to do with land management.
There can be a whole series of objectives. From very simple things like fuel load reduction. You can have specific habitat objectives…to change the vegetation structure and composition to support waterfowl, or to support antelope, or lesser prairie chickens…or Houston toads for that matter.
Learn more about prescribed burns on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.
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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.