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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Playing With Fire

Occasionally land managers use fire as a tool to regenerate or restore jack pine native plant communities/forests. With that in mind, several DNR foresters and smokechasers I work with conducted a prescribed fire on a recent timber harvest site located near Brimson, MN.

To the right is a color infra-red aerial photograph showing the site before it was harvested. The red lines depict the burn boundary along with the yellow ignition points. The brownish color shows the extensive jack pine-black spruce forests in this area. Above that are recent timber harvests that have been planted or seeded with a variety of tree species including norway pine, white pine, white spruce, and jack pine. This area was not burned.

To learn more about jack pine forests visit My Minnesota Woods.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Jackson

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