Ames Forester


Gail Kantak


Yes, the foresters of tomorrow will need to be well-versed in prescribed fire as well as the traditional teaching and tactics of fire prevention and fire suppression. Iowa landscape has changed. Private landowners, natural resource managers and government policy are all striving to return the land to a more diverse, pre-settlement-type vegetation. The historic native grasslands and woodlands of Iowa were a function of cultural and natural fire occurrences. Managing for the species of this historic landscape signals a reintroduction of fire as a tool to manage that landscape.



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