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Arkansas’s (Controlled) Burning Man

Fire has long shaped our forests and grasslands. For eons this element played a natural role in keeping our forests clear of brush, and enriching soil for flowers and grasses. It turns out many of America’s forests and grasslands need periodic fire as much as they need water.

In the last decade, though, unnaturally-destructive megafires have swept through the West. Ironically, one of the things we can do to help reduce the risk of these megafires — and simultaneously improve the health of our forests — is by doing small “controlled burns” to reduce tinder in our forests.

Watch this video
to learn about one of The Nature Conservancy’s fire experts, McRee Anderson, as he travels from Arkansas to Africa to learn and teach about controlled burning to help people, water, and wildlife.

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