Prescribed Fire

If you have ever been to a state park or nature area with large areas of burnt material, you are witnessing the aftermath of a controlled burn. Controlled burns or prescribed fire may seem dangerous, but are a necessary forest management technique.

Some plants are adapted to grow in fields that have been cleared by wildfire, or only drop seeds after extreme heat. This is because fire removes a lot of waste like fallen leaves, which allows for new growth.

Trees in a partially burnt forest

Did you know?

The state parks system picks a theme every year to focus educational programs on. 2020 was the year of fire for North Carolina State Parks.
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