Study: Controlled burns reduce ticks, Lyme disease
By Ad Crable
Jan. 13, 2023
A prescribed fire takes place at the Arboretum at Penn State. (Courtesy of the Arboretum at Penn State)
As tick-borne Lyme disease continues to spread in Pennsylvania and other Chesapeake Bay drainage states, a new study suggests more use of prescribed burns on public and private forests could help reduce both the numbers of ticks and incidence of the disease.
In a paper published in Ecological Applications, researchers from Penn State, the U.S. Forest Service and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said the increased use of prescribed fire by forest managers to control invasive plants, improve wildlife habitat and restore ecosystem health can also help knock down the tick problem. (See link for article)
- True to the narrative, to keep research funding flowing, “climate change” is blamed for creating “warmer forests,” and so much more.
- Forest ecosystems in the eastern U.S. depended on fire for thousands of years.
- Fire suppression only began in the early 1900s.