The Value of a Prescribed Burn
Like a prescription given to a patient to ensure wellness, a prescribed burn is ordered to maintain a healthy well balanced ecosystem. A high percentage of Florida’s Native vegetation and animals require a burn to stabilize the balance of a healthy ecosystem. The ecosystem’s need for fire comes from the past when man didn’t intervene, fires were ignited by lightning and burned uncontrollably before a rain or reaching a natural body of water. Types of vegetation and hydrologic conditions would feed and determine how often a fire would occur. With development today and increasing population, a wildfire must quickly be controlled, thus leaving land management to prescribe burns and imitate fires that in the past occurred naturally.