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Old March 1, 2012, 10:06 PM   #5
Tuzo
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Fire is good - sometimes

Livestock graze and deer browse. Therein lies the key that guides wildlife deer management. A burn will prompt new growth of browse vegetation that will attract deer resulting in more deer in a given area.

Even native Americans practiced a form of wildlife management by setting fire to grassland that supports bison. This prompted healthier prairies. Lightning serves the same purpose.

A good example is Mount St Helens in Washington. Mature forests were knocked down by incandescent pyroclastic flows and rebounded with new growth perfect for browsing. Now elk cover the slopes.
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