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Prescribed burning, or the controlled burning of woodlands, helps restore the ecosystem by reducing the chances of wildfires, improving food growth for animals and birds, and controlling parasites. Despite the benefits to wildlife, the question arises whether it is desirable or disastrous to burn during the wild turkey nesting season. The authors report on a study of nesting-season controlled burns conducted on 100,000 acres at Fort Bragg. Information is provided on how the impact of the fire was determined, the results, and fire recommendations for turkey management.
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