The function of fire in the ecosystem – The Community News

Daniel Price from the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge will be the speaker at the March meeting of the Native Plant Societys Cross Timbers Chapter at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Mount Pleasant School, 213 Raymond George Way in Weatherford.

Fire can be a tool as well as a terror in a native landscape. Prescribed burns, or controlled fires, are techniques that experts can use to keep an environment healthy in several ways.

Price is the natural resource manager at the Nature Center, which uses prescribed burns to manage its prairies. He will discuss fire history and how and why the Nature Center is using fire as a tool.

Price grew up on a small farm in Ennis and received a degree in wildlife management from Tarleton State University. He began learning about prescribed burns while working for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at Huntsville State Park.

Later, as a TPWD county wildlife biologist, he worked with landowners in east Texas and helped other biologists conduct prescribed burns. He joined the Nature Center three years ago.

Visitors are welcome and light refreshments will be available.

The mission of the Cross Timbers Chapter is to promote the conservation, research and use of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach, and example. For more information, visit

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