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ANHC Staff Participate in Annual Fire Workshop

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, October 30, 2017

ANHC staff members recently participated in the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council’s “Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool” workshop at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. Every year during the last week of September, professionals from a broad-section of Arkansas come together to train land managers on the importance of prescribed fire and how to use it correctly.

Commonly referred to as Prescribed Burn School, the workshop has been held since 1997. Forty participants from 14 conservation partners attended this year’s school. A prescribed burn is defined as the safe use of fire under specific conditions to achieve land management objectives. The course is taught by members of the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council and brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience for burn planning, forest management, firefighting, and conservation. Students are required to complete outdoor prescribed burns in wooded and grassy sites under supervision, and must pass a rigorous test at the end of the course that covers specific details about prescribed burn plans, weather factors and influences, safety protocols, public engagement and liability, and more. Students are required to pass this course before qualifying to oversee prescribed burns in their respective agencies.

ANHC Chief of Acquisitions and Stewardship, Bryan Rupar; ANHC Chief of Land Management, Brian Mitchell; ANHC Land Management Specialist, John O’Dell; and ANHC Land Management Specialist, Patrick Solomon participated in the workshop as instructors, speakers, and/or cadre (experienced leaders). ANHC Aquatic Ecologist, Dustin Lynch and ANHC Administrative Specialist, Jessica Ginsberg, participated as students.

The class is open to private, state, and federal agencies, and forest industry personnel. The 40 students in the 2017 Prescribed Burn School included participants from: Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC), Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), ANHC, State Parks of Arkansas, Arkansas National Guard/Camp Robinson, Camp Robinson Fire Department, Central Arkansas Water, Chloeta, Green Bay Packaging, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas (TNC), University of Arkansas at Monticello School of Forestry and Natural Resources, U.S. Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Agencies and departments on the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council include the AFC/Arkansas Agriculture Department, AGFC, ANHC, TNC, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and the Arkansas Forestry Association.





Top Left -- ANHC staff members at Prescribed Burn School. From left to right: Chief of Land Management, Brian Mitchell; Chief of Acquisitions & Stewardship, Bryan Rupar; Land Management Specialist, John O'Dell; Aquatic Ecologist, Dustin Lynch; and Administrative Specialist, Jessica Ginsberg.

Right -- ANHC Aquatic Ecologist, Dustin Lynch, during a prescribed burn at Camp Robinson as part of Prescribed Burn School.

Bottom Left -- ANHC Administrative Specialist, Jessica Ginsberg, with a drip torch during a prescribed burn at Camp Robinson as part of Prescribed Burn School.

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