Fire has an important role in the prairie landscape. The prescribed
burning of an area removes the above ground plant litter which allows
previously unexposed seed the chance to germinate. Fire also kills
invasive woody stemmed species that if left unchecked would result in a
climax forest rather than a prairie landscape. Observations indicate
that burning reduces the number of invasive, agricultural grasses that
compete with the native tall grasses.
Photo taken by: JoAnn Mitchell