Gerald Vickers, fire program specialist for the Service's Northeast region, conducts a prescribed fire on The Nature Conservancy's Warm Springs Mountain Preserve in Virginia. Credit: The Nature Conservancy
New National Agreement Established for Controlled Burning
December 11, 2013
A new partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the Service will increase and better coordinate controlled burn activities, also known as prescribed fire, to enhance wildlife values on their respective lands. The agreement will encourage more efficient use of personnel and equipment while treating lands that might otherwise not get the benefit of controlled burning. Planned, controlled burns are a critical tool to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, often termed mega-fires, which have become more common in the past decade.