Not all burns are the same, however. Though all three Greenseams® burns had sparser vegetation and the goal of reducing wooden vegetation and rejuvenating native species, complexity differed.
“The Little Menomonee Prairie was simple – it was pretty square and flat and broken into 2 units,” says Ziegler. “The Germantown Wilderness Prairie was more complex from the unusual shape of the unit and standing water on the burn break. This did not allow equipment access and it also was spotty due to wetness in the interior wetlands and sparse vegetation. Ryan Creek Prairie was a slow burn due to the need to protect the oak saplings from a higher intensity fire, but it burned really cleanly and hot within the unit consuming all material available."