We’ve had stories on the site before about prescribed burns, their benefits, and announcements about classes or other informative sessions regarding habitat burning.
In short, prescribed burning may be one of the best things you can do for your property. It has numerous benefits, from killing unwanted and weedy vegetation to revitalizing the soil with the ashes. Once a tract is burned you may be able to get in with a tractor and Bush Hog, disc or stump/tree grinder and do even more work, including planting new plots, trees and vegetation.
Even if you don’t plant anything after a burn you’ll still see benefits, as will deer, turkeys, quail and other wildlife. Deer and turkeys love the new vegetation that grows, and it won’t take long for it to start shooting up. Other small game and songbirds can benefit from the removal of ground litter.
One other thing I’ve noticed before with burns, especially in hardwood tracts, is you may be able to more easily discern trails through the woods. You could use the burn to identify these trails, put up new stands and Brite-Eyes tacks for walking with a flashlight in the dark, and be ready to rock once the season arrives.
I ran across this blog site recently by the Southeast Prescribed Fire Update and it lists certified burner courses in 10 states scheduled in the coming months. If you’re interested in becoming a certified burner and, maybe, establishing a business or just for the knowledge so you can burn your own land, this is a great resource.