Using fire for good. The Arkansas burn crew works with partners to introduce fire to improve habitat across the state. © TNC

Stories in Arkansas

Living with Fire

TNC is improving habitat for wildlife and reducing wildfire risks through fire and habitat restoration.

Arkansas’ prescribe fire program’s goals are to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, improve wildlife habitat, reduce the spread of forest diseases and restore woodlands to their historic, open conditions.

Our goal is to achieve 600,000 acres of annual burning by partners on priority conservation areas statewide while creating a culture of public acceptance (and even demand for) prescribed fire.

TNC in Arkansas and our partners accomplished half of this goal in 2018 by conducting prescribed burns on 300,000 acres across the state. You can see the benefits as your travel to our preserves across Arkansas in the spring and see wildflowers in bloom!

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  • The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas has two prescribed fire crews that restore fire to fire-dependent landscapes throughout the state.

    Fire restoration in Arkansas

    Forty-two percent of Arkansas' rare species depend on fire to maintain their habitat. Read about our work

Controlling Fire in Zambia's Largest National Park Fire burns 70 percent of Zambia's Kafue National Park each year. A fire training program brings TNC's global expertise to build local capacity to manage these fires and introduce controlled burns for the benefit of both people and wildlife in this landscape.