Burning is a natural process in Missouri ecosystems and can also be used as a management tool. Native Missouri plants are adapted to burning and will respond positively. The soil is warmed, and nutrients are quickly returned to the system. The native plants respond with vigorous growth. Winter is the safest and best time to conduct a prescribed burn, for people and ecosystems. Cold weather insures that wildlife is still hibernating, not nesting and that tender spring growth has not emerged. We always ensure a well behaved fire by only burning in sites with good fire lines and favorable weather conditions. Burning can also be used to kill invasive species such as bush honeysuckle and undesirable natives such as eastern red cedar that are not adapted to fire. We have had great success with using burning as a management tool to encourage natives, and our customers are very happy with our results.