Wildfires cause a lot of destruction each summer – there are dramatic videos and pictures in the news every year. So why did Ontario Parks purposely light a park on fire this May?
In some parts of Ontario, fires used to be a common, natural part of the landscape. Some ecosystems and species need fire in order to survive and are now disappearing from the province. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and many non-government organizations (like Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative and Tallgrass Ontario) are dedicated to understanding the role of fire in Ontario, and to using fire to restore unique communities of plants and animals.