Climate Change Will Decrease Prescribed Fire Opportunities in the Southeastern U.S.

Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC) researchers found that many ecosystems in the southeastern United States that are home to the region’s most iconic species–like longleaf pine, gopher tortoises, and red-cockaded woodpeckers– may have fewer opportunities for prescribed fires in the future due to elevated temperatures. Furthermore, managers may not be able to rely on consistently good burning conditions (i.e., the “prescribed burn window”) in the spring as hot weather arrives earlier and earlier in the year. Read the full story.