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ANHC Staff Teach at Burn School

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 04, 2016

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 Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) uses prescribed fire as a management tool on lands within our System of Natural Areas. Staff members recently served as moderators and instructors at the annual “Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool” workshop held by the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council (APFC) at Camp Robinson in central Arkansas.

The APFC conducts the annual workshop to train land managers about prescribed fire’s importance and correct usage. Students represent a broad cross-section of Arkansas – from private citizens and state agencies to forest industry and federal government. 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. ANHC staff members have participated as both students, speakers and cadres, or experienced leaders.

This year’s week-long workshop was attended by 41 students, who spent approximately 40 hours in the classroom and 12 hours in the field. The APFC includes 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. Members of the media, representatives from the Attorney General’s Office, and representatives from Sen. Boozman’s office toured some of the burn units. They learned about the importance of the APFC workshop and the value of prescribed burning in land management practices.

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