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Prescribed Fire Workshop Trains Land Managers

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, September 26, 2014

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. Held the last week of September, this annual workshop focuses on training land managers about prescribed fire’s importance and correct usage.

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.
Specific presentations are given by experienced professionals on topics such as the history of fire/why we burn, fire weather, personal safety, cost share programs for landowners, fire behavior, smoke management, ignition techniques, wildlife and fire, grassland management, liability, and public relations. Student teams prepare burn plans and conduct prescribed burns on property within the boundaries of Camp Robinson. Participants represent a broad cross-section of Arkansas – from private citizens and state agencies to forest industry and federal government.
ANHC staff members Doug Fletcher, John O’Dell, and Patrick Solomon served as cadres (experienced leaders), moderators, audio-visual support, and presenters at this year’s workshop.

Fire can be applied to natural areas at any time of year, however ANHC’s burn season typically runs from October through April. To learn more about the ecology of fire, check out our discussion guide. You can also watch a video of a prescribed burn at Lorance Creek Natural Area here

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