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Author: Waldrop, T.
Source: Fire Science Brief No. 117, July 2010
1) More than 3 million acres have burned EVERY YEAR since 1999.
From 2002-2013, 3.5% of the total acreage of the 50 states burned. (That's bigger than the size of Wyoming.)
Controlled burns are a powerful tool in the fight against non-native species, but are they the best way to promote oak regeneration? In short — it's complicated.
There is a general consensus that we don’t know enough about how fire affects Appalachian amphibians and reptiles. In a 2013 paper, Clemson University researchers took a step in the right direction by tracking American toads (Anaxyrus americanus) to explore how fuel reduction treatments affect toad breeding, mortality, and movement.
Wild pig populations are expanding across the US and recently pushed into the Appalachian Mountains. Most studies on pigs are concerned with their destructive behavior, but researchers are struggling to keep up with the range expansion. The fire science world has only caught a glimpse of what might happen if pigs move in after a controlled burn.