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Council Provides Network, Training for Prescribed Fire Professionals

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019
by Brian Mitchell

The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council (APFC) was formed in 1997 (formerly known as the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Committee) to promote the benefits of prescribed fire to agency personnel and the public. The APFC organizes the Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool course, which provides technical and classroom training for Arkansas’s prescribed fire professionals. See Annual Burn School Trains Prescribed Fire Professionals for more information about the course.

In addition to organizing the annual training, the APFC has helped create a network of prescribed fire professionals, and has educated the public and public agencies about prescribed fire. The APFC was instrumental in creating Arkansas’s first voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines publication, which provides burn professionals with guidelines for mitigating any negative impacts from smoke to nearby population centers. The publication was modeled after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national publication on the same topic.

Through APFC, the ANHC has developed collaborative partnerships, including cooperative efforts for prescribed fire implementation. APFC efforts ensure that prescribed burn knowledge and experience is sustained and shared, creating a robust group of prescribed fire professionals capable of expanding management capacity.

AFPC members include: the Arkansas Department of Agriculture – Forestry Division; Arkansas Forestry Association; Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality; Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC); University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service; Natural Resources Conservation Service; National Weather Service; Resource Management Service; The Arkansas Field Office of The Nature Conservancy; University of Arkansas at Monticello; Arkansas Fire and Land Management; Arkansas State Parks; Camp Joseph T. Robinson; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; other forest industry professionals; and state, federal, and private partners in conservation and fire.

Photos:

Top - Prescribed fire professionals train with personal safety equipment at one of the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council member's fire refresher courses.

Bottom - Prescribed fire professionals receive training at one of the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council member's fire refresher courses.



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