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Annual Workshop Trains Professionals to Use Prescribed Fire

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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 help maintain the health of the land and improve habitat conditions for many native species.

The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council (APFC) conducts the annual “Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool” workshop at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock each year. The workshop trains land managers about prescribed fire’s importance and correct usage. Presentations are given by experienced professionals on topics such as the history of fire/why we burn, fire weather, personal safety, fire behavior, smoke management, ignition techniques, wildlife and fire, liability, public relations, grassland management, and cost share programs for landowners. Participants represent a broad cross-section of Arkansas – from private citizens and state agencies to forest industry and federal government.

This year’s week-long workshop was attended by 39 students, who spent 40 hours in the classroom and 12 hours in the field. The APFC is made up of representatives from ANHC, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, The Nature Conservancy, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas Forestry Association, and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

For more information about why we use prescribed fire, check out our Natural Feature post Prescribed Fire: A Helpful Land Management Tool.  

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