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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This audio slideshow describes the work and success of The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas during the last year.
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The Arkansas Association of Counties, the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, the Farm Bureau, The Nature Conservancy and a dozen public and private partner organizations joined forces to establish the Arkansas Unpaved Roads Program. Check out this video to learn more about the work they are supporting.