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Restoring Fire to Long-Unburned Pine-Dominated Stands on Georgia Private Lands


Prescribed fire is a beneficial land management tool utilized across Georgia by trained and/or experienced forest managers and landowners to manage both agricultural and forest lands. Many Georgia non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners are interested in the ecological and economic benefits of using prescribed fire in existing pine-dominated stands, yet they may feel uncertain how best to safely introduce prescribed fire to stands that have been long-unburned. This publication provides an overview of how fire behaves in forest stands and discusses techniques for preparing for and implementing prescribed burns in long-unburned stands. This publication is intended for landowners who own or manage natural or artificially regenerated pine stands who may have multiple management objectives where burning could be incorporated into management to meet those objectives, including managing for wildlife habitat, fuel reduction, aesthetics, etc.

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