Fire is a wonderful management tool when used properly and in a controlled environment. Fire speeds up the carbon cycle, controls invasive species of vegetation, both woody and nonwoody, and controls the tick population. Fire rejuvenates and produces natural food products for our wildlife and nature enthusiasts.
Photographs of fire-managed areas can be shown in Power Point or passed around. It would be good to view both managed and unmanaged areas to show the effects of fire management.
Animal needs – food, water, oxygen, shelter and protection from the changing environment
Carbon cycle – the complex series of processes through which all of the carbon atoms in existence recycle between the biosphere, atmosphere, oceans and geosphere, especially through the process of photosynthesis, respiration and decomposition
Habitat – an arrangement of food, water, shelter or cover, and space suitable to animals’ needs
Invasive species – non-native organisms released into a region with potential to disrupt ecosystems and displace native species
Nonwoody vegetation (herbaceous) – a plant that does not produce a woody stem, or one that dies back to the ground at the end of the growing season
Ticks – any of a superfamily (Ixodoidea, order Parasitiformes) of wingless, bloodsucking mites, including many species that transmit diseases and are usually parasitic on humans, cattle, sheep, etc.
Wildlife management – application of scientific knowledge and technical skills to protect, preserve, conserve, limit, enhance or extend the value of wildlife and its habitat
Woody vegetation – plants that have hard stems and buds that survive above ground in winter