When we get sick, the doctor prescribes medication, vitamins, a routine; something to help the problem. Prescribed burns function in the same way to heal a forest. For nearly 2 million years humans have graced this planet and roughly the last 100 years combating fire. For good reason, it can be something we never recover from. During 1910 a fire in Montana and Idaho wiped out roughly 4700 acres. It was kind of a wake up call. Now fire defense is a top priority; saving many lives and homes. But the pendulum has swung the other direction, and humans became too effective at protecting the forest. This inhibited the burning of invasive species and allowed trees to grow too close. This increased not only fire risk, but changed the habitat. Prescribed burns eliminate this problem, by imitating what fire should normally experience, while maintaining our safety. Fire refreshes the forest, laying a foundation for a healthy future and growth.
Fossil Outdoor supports prescribed burns to improve the environments. We also are very focused on replanting trees after fires or in areas of need. We have partnered with the National Forest Foundation. Above is a link to Plant a Tree. For just $1.00USD you can plant a tree in one of our National Forests.
For more go to the U.S. Forest Service by clicking here