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By Jean Pocha

Benefits of prescribed burning on private land


August 11, 2022

Conservation Media

Planning and managing the low-intensity prescribed burn took many partners. Here Blackfoot Challenge Land Steward Brad Weltzein monitors the fire line near the house.

OVANDO - “We know that prescribed fire is an important part of the ecosystem here. It makes our plant communities and forests healthier and makes our home safer,” said Steve Kloetzel, landowner. 

A prescribed burn was done May 21, 2021. It included 80 acres of the Kloetzels’ land, 10 acres of Blackfoot Challenge land and 10 acres of Larry Richardson’s land on Boot Tree Road near Ovando, Montana. 

“While prescribed burning is often used on public lands to benefit wildlife and reduce fuels, the Blackfoot Challenge is offering a prescribed burn program to work with private landowne...

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