To restore the grasslands of the Great Plains, a Nebraska ecologist says, bring back high intensity fires

This is a UAS prototype for fire ignitions, from figure 4 of Twidwell D et al (2016) Front Ecol Environ 14(6): 333-339. Credit: ESA –

Restoring prairie and fighting wildfire with (drone launched) fire(balls)

Source: Ecological Society of America


One ecologist wants to change the way we think about prescribed burns. The professor says he can harness extreme fire to restore grasslands on the Great Plains — and he has created a small drone that launches ping-pong balls of fire to help him do it safely and cheaply.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.