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Old March 3, 2012, 08:56 AM   #17
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Discern, you are wrong on this one. Proper burning is very beneficial to all wildlife. Notice I said "proper". If done at a bad time (like my county managers are doing right now during a drought) the trees don't have enough moisture in them and they'll be killed along with the underbrush.

I grew up in Georgia's plantation country. Those are some of the most beautiful and productive woods you'll ever see. They get burned about every other year - but only at the "right" time. In that part of the country the right time is usually late February. Soil and tree moisture is high enough that the beneficial plants aren't harmed, useless vegetation (like young sweet gum tree sprouts) are already up, and good vegetation hasn't yet sprouted. A good burn kills off the already-sprouted bad vegetation and clears the way for the beneficial stuff that will sprout later in the spring.
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