Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Fire is an essential management tool in many types of habitats.
Fire is an essential management tool in many types of habitats.

Fire and Herps

Prescribed fire is a useful tool for helping to manage habitat by impeding successional change and controlling invasive plants. Consequently, it is also valuable for increasing suitable habitat for amphibians and reptiles. Under some circumstances, though, fire can also be damaging to resident populations of reptiles and amphibians.

In response to discussions at the 2008 annual meeting and the recent Burning Issues Symposium, MWPARC developed a white paper outlining the concerns and recommendations for prescribed burning and herps. The leader of this task team is David Mifsud, who can be contacted .

Midwest PARC publishes all documents in the standard portable document format (PDF), an ISO standard.

Prescribed Burning Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles