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2011 Prescribed Fire School

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, October 07, 2011

Fire is one of the major lacking ecological processes in the landscape today. When used as part of an integrated management plan, prescribed fire can be effectively used to ensure the health of Arkansas’s System of Natural Areas. The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council has organized the Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool workshop for the last 14 years.

Held the last week of September at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, the "Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool" workshop focused on training land managers why fire is important and how to use it correctly. Speakers from ANHC, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, The Nature Conservancy, the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, and more, covered topics such as weather, ecological effects of prescribed burning, fire behavior, ignition techniques, smoke management, burn plans, liability, and public relations. Students represented a broad cross-section of Arkansas — from private citizens and state agencies to forest industry and federal government. With the help of cadres (i.e. experienced leaders), four student teams prepared burn plans and conducted prescribed burns on more than 200 acres within the boundaries of Camp Robinson.

ANHC sent three staff members through the training classes this year, and four stewardship staff members participated in the event by moderating classes, performing technical assistance, and leading prescribed burns. Fire can be applied to natural areas at any time of year, but ANHC’s burn season typically runs from October through April. To learn more about the ecology of fire, visit the Education section of ANHC’s website. Look for an in-depth discussion guide under the heading Habitats and Ecology, General Ecology.


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