Prescribed burning (also known as ‘controlled burning’) is an important forest management tool that may be appropriate to use throughout the life cycle of a stand of trees. Some of the more frequent and beneficial uses of prescribed burning are briefly outlined in this leaflet. While prescribed burning historically is a low-cost forestry practice when compared to other management treatments, cost-share payment assistance may be available in some cases. Prescribed burning: (1) must adhere to the burn permit laws; (2) should only be conducted by a qualified professional; and (3) should occur during days in which the weather and air conditions are favorable. To learn more, contact your County Forest Ranger.

Site preparation (‘site prep’) burns

Hazard reduction burns

Silvicultural / Ecological (‘warm season’ or ‘growing season’) burns


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Published in March 2009

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