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Prescribed burning

Prescribed burning

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Land Management Through Fire


There are a number of Ecological Benefits of Prescribed Fires:

  1. Systematic part of almost every ecosystem on Earth.

  2. “Natural” part of the process.

  3. Controls woody and non-desirable plant species.

  4. Lessens impacts of wildfires.

  5. The best tool for improving soil health and water quality.

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The Evils of Eastern Red Cedar


The Eastern Red Cedar is an invasive species of cedar that has an astonishing rate of encroachment, but more importantly, an alarming rate of water consumption. It's ability to multiply creates real challenges for our water conservation efforts. 


In Oklahoma, estimates of juniper coverage in 1950 was 1.5 million acres. Then it started increasing.

  1. 1985 – 3.5 million acres

  2. 1996 – 6.0 million acres

  3. 2002 – 8.0 million acres

  4. 2015 – 11.6 million acres.​

Current estimates are reaching 762 acres per day!

Check out these best practices tips provided by OSU extension to join our efforts in water sustainability for us all. 

Always check burn conditions prior to any burn

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