A trained professional conducting a controlled burn on an oak savannah site. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service Image Collection.
Controlled burning is the intentional periodic use of fire to manage perennial vegetation. It is one of several types of disturbance (such as mowing, clipping or grazing grassland) that invigorate plant roots, improving the health of the stand as new vegetation emerges. Trained professionals burn specific areas of vegetation to meet various management goals such as maintaining a desired ecosystem, controlling invasive species and improving wildlife habitat.
Similar or related practices covered in this Conservation Funding Guide include invasive species management, grassland management, general habitat and rare & declining habitat.
Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service
See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District