Burning is an essential component to keeping the prairie healthy. Without it invasive species would take over, destroying what little Tallgrass Prairie remains. Only about 1.5 million hectares remain from an estimated 90 million hectares due to agriculture and urbanization. This Tallgrass Prairie is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, some found only here in all of Canada. Fire is important to ensure these species survive. Click here for more information on prescribed burns.