For eons, landscape fires occurred on our planet, the dried plants and abundant planetary oxygen requiring just a spark to start a fire.
Plants and animals evolved to not just tolerate, but also depend on these fires.
Humans have lived with and used fire since our beginnings. In the Midwest, Native Americans set frequent landscape fires to attract game and to keep woodlands and grasslands open and easy to walk through.
Fire would have stimulated a rich ground cover of plants that people could then harvest.
The natural landscape that we all inherited is dependent on fire for its health. In our modern world, our natural areas are fragmented and need our vigorous help to set prescribed fires.
In short, we use prescribed fire to restore and maintain the health of our prairies, woodlands, and wetlands.