Submitted by Darrell Randell April 2000

The combination of fire, drought and grazing help prevent our native prairies and grasslands from being swallowed up by forests and rejuvenate the soil. Since the great settlement of North America there has been a decline in grazers, especially the powerful bison. Periodic controlled prairie burns are immensely beneficial in removing dead and unhealthy plants; curbing invasive species and unwanted woody plants (trees and shrubs) while recycling the nutrients and rejuvenating the soil.

Fun fact: To increase their hunting grounds, First Nations recognized that periodic controlled prairie burns would improve grazing, thus attracting bison.

Now days, prairie owners employ this practice to rejuvenate their properties which helps protect the biodiversity of our native flora and fauna. For some, it is a family affair and even a holiday event to spend time with each other.

Here is our Program Chair Darrell Randell and his family enjoying a family Easter prairie burn. You can feel their love for each other and nature as they enjoy every moment.