Virtual Tour of the Forest: Fire and Wildlife

Since the mid-1960's, populations of quail, rabbit and at least 18 other species, which have the same habitat requirements, have been in decline. Clean farming, more houses and nest predators such as possums and skunks have all contributed to the problem. Prescribed fire by natural resource managers, to clear cutover areas for tree planting and remove understory brush in older stands, is providing needed habitat for these species.

Fire is neither all good, nor all bad. Wildfire is a powerful enemy while a prescribed fire is an effective management tool. In the proper place, at the proper time, under the right conditions, and with the direction of a trained and experienced professional, fire can be a great and valuable tool for the landowner and natural resource manager.

Bad Fire | Good Fire