Fire Starter: Why We Burn

Conservation often means more than legal protection of land. At a recent controlled burn, fire manager Bob Bale explains why The Nature Conservancy uses fire to restore North American forests.


The Benefits of Prescribed Fire

The Nature Conservancy supports the use of controlled burning to manage landscapes that have adapted over millennia to periodic fire. The Nature Conservancy and its partners use professionally managed controlled burns to help maintain the health of forests, woodlands, grasslands, prairies and marshes throughout the South, the United States and beyond. Learn more at

Prescribed Burning

Learn how to conduct a controlled burn safely.


“Prescribed Fire” can actually improve wildlife and pine forest health – Farmweek – December 2, 2011

Lumberton, Mississippi. Orby and Brenda Wright were honored in January 2010 with the “Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist Award” by the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts. Some find it hard to believe that “fire” is one of the tools the Wrights use on their property. Farmweek visited the Wrights when a “prescribed burn” took place. It actually improves wildlife habitat in the Southern Pine Tree ecosystem. Russ Walsh, interviewed in this video, is a member of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) and on the NBTC Ad-hoc Prescribed Burn committee Reporter: Artis Ford.

Native Quail hunt in Kentucky

While there are fewer quail today than a generation ago, landowners see a rich recovery when grassland restoration is done properly. On acreage surrounding Mercer County’s Shaker Village, Farmer hunts plentiful bobwhites with three generations of Dwayne Steely’s family. Wildlife biologist Ben Robinson tags along to witness the bounty that this habitat work has brought about.

Quail Habitat in Kentucky

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are joining forces with landowners and members of Quail Unlimited in an effort to restore the state’s bobwhite quail population. “Kentucky Afield” airs a progress report from Webster County this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13.

Answering the Call: Virginia’s Quail Recovery Initiative

The distinctive “Bob-White!” call of the quail is becoming just a memory for many rural Virginians. Quail populations in Virginia have declined 80% over the last 40 years. Along with the quail, many songbirds and other animals have also disappeared, due to the loss of the early successional habitat these animals need for food, shelter, and raising their young. Early successional habitat consisiting of native grasses, brushy weeds and wildflowers also attract useful pollinators like bees–a benefit to farmers. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is joining other state and federal agencies and groups to educate landowners about how they can get involved to help bring quail back to Virginia.