I did not see any of the posts criticizing prescribed burning, but since it has been brought up, it should be pointed out that prescribed burns DO NOT mimic wildfires, as far has having the effect of opening the serotinous cones of Pitch Pines. This may occur in the plains, where such burns often consume the entire above-ground portion of the tree, but not in the rest of the pine barrens, where the burns usually creep close to the ground, burning against the wind. These burns are valuable for fuel reduction but do not resemble the fires that shaped the pine barrens. They are designed to prevent such fires. Human development has become too widespread in the pines to allow wildfires to do their thing. And the fires, wild or otherwise, do not keep the forest from becoming “barren”. Wildfires merely set forest succession back a stage. If fires were totally suppressed, the forest would progress to its climax stage, having a different species make up. Not better, not worse, just different.