Urban Forestry Prescribed Burn Program
A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems but does not harm larger trees. The City of Toronto uses prescribed burns as one management tool in the restoration and maintenance of a variety of oak woodland, prairie, and savannah habitats. Prescribed burning can have many benefits including:
- encouragement of native savannah grasses, shrubs and wildflower plantings,
- encouragement of oak regeneration,
- stimulating renewal and new growth, and increased seed production of native plants existing black oak savannah habitats,
- setting back growth of undesirable invasive species.