Is my one acre meadow a fire hazard?
June 21, 2010 7:03 AM Subscribe
Do I really have to mow my one acre meadow to prevent fire hazards?
posted by anonymous to science & nature (14 answers total)
I have a one acre meadow right in the middle of a dense old growth forest. There is a river on one side a road on the other, my house with a green zone around it to the east and my neighbor has created a firebreak on his side on the west.
No one is asking me to mow the meadow. I don't want to mow the meadow. But am I creating a fire hazard? If there is a forest fire here will it really matter in the big picture if my meadow is not mowed?
The government forest service has been here to help me create a forest plan and they suggested I kill all the weeds in the meadow with herbicide. Twice a year. There is no way I will do that. They didn't seem concerned at all about fire hazards. In fact they seemed really clueless about what to do with it.
Grazing animals are not an option because I can't afford to fence it right now.
I am mainly concerned about my responsibilities to my neighbors. Am I putting them in danger or is a one acre meadow any significance in a forest fire scenario? I have no neighbors with similar yards. Everyone pretty much has densely forested acreage with no meadows.
Can I make it a designated wildlife area somehow to legitimize keeping it un-mowed?