Fire Science Interpretive Signs - Oak Fire Science

Fire science interpretive signs can found in several demonstration areas within the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium region. You can visit them in person or look them over here.

Bridgestone/Firestone Demonstration Area

The Bridgestone/Firestone Wildlife Management Area is located on the Cumberland Plateau in White County, Tennessee. This fire science demonstration site shows the effects of fire frequency and season of burning (timing) on the plant community.

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Hoosier National Forest

Land managers in the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana are using prescribed fire in some areas in an effort to reverse a trend that is threatening historical ecosystems and the plants and animals that depend on them. Click here to learn more



Fire has shaped Indiana’s landscape. But without fire, oaks and hickories are not regenerating.



Regenerating Indiana’s historical landscapes. Prescribed fire and harvests mimic natural disturbances, helping to sustain oak-hickory forests. 


Cane Ridge Pinery

Three interpretive signs in this pinery on the Mark Twain National Forest in southeastern Missouri commemorate the history of early 20th century timber harvesting, the role of fire in providing wildlife habitat, and the fire-adapted characteristics of shortleaf pine, once a keystone species in Ozark ecosystems. Click here to learn more



Upalika Pond: Reflecting Cane Ridge History.


Fire Benefits Wildlife and Pollinators.  


Managing Shortleaf Pine for people and wildlife.


The Current River Pinery Tour

Located between Springfield and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, along several miles of back-country roads on the Mark Twain National Forest, this self-guided tour of the Current River Pinery consists of four stops, which describe the history, ecology, and social benefits of the fire-adapted shortleaf pine-oak woodlands here. Click here to learn more


Stop 1: Welcome to the current river pinery


Stop 1. Overview: Welcome to the Current River Pinery.

In woodlands shaped by fire, shortleaf pine dominated this landscape for thousands of years.

Stop 2: The decline of shortleaf pine


Stop 2. History. The Decline of Shortleaf Pine.

Shortleaf pine once dominated here, but the timber boom at the turn of the 20th century nearly wiped it out in just a couple of decades.

Stop 3: The fire ecology of shortleaf pine-oak woodlands


Stop 3. Ecology: Shortleaf Pine – Oak Woodlands.

Fire-adapted ecosystems falter without flames.

Stop 4. Societal benefits of managed shortleaf pine-oak woodlands


Stop 4. Benefits:

Managed Woodlands Benefit Society.




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