Prescribed Fire

Prescribed Fire at Detroit River IWR

The use of fire is a proven and well-tested management tool that improves the quality of habitat for fish and migratory bird populations. 

Prescribed fire is an important wildlife habitat management tool. Prescribed fire is one of several tools used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other land managers to reduce the risk of wildfires on lands near populated areas and improve wildlife habitat.

While the landscape may not appear completely green after a burn, fire produces great benefits to native plants, grassland birds and other wildlife. Prescribed fire simulates historic, naturally occurring wildfires that stimulate growth of desirable plants and grasses while removing invasive trees and other undesirable vegetation.