At Coal Creek, we attempt to burn approximately 500 acres of land each year. We work closely with the University of Tennessee, The Southeastern Grassland Initiative and our local forestry department. Controlled burns were once performed regularly by Native Americans and are currently becoming more popular with the mainstream scientific and environmental communities. Burning land in this controlled way helps kill weeds and bugs, enhance soil quality, and encourage the growth of native grasses.
Many people don’t realize that prior to 1492, much of the Central and Eastern United States was covered in grasslands. These were created through fire disturbances. Some of the disturbances were natural; and some of them were man-made.