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Volume 4, Issue 3 - Fall 2011

In this issue:

What Did I Learn?

2011 Annual Meeting Awards

Plants on Fire - Bear Oak

Education on Fire - Montgomery Community College

Partnership Leads to Successful Burn at TNC Preserve

Fall Burning in High Elevation Forests

Membership Success

Council Treasury Update

NC 2011 Wildfire Season:

Big Blaze in Holly Shelter inevitable, officials say

Even Wildfires Can Benefit Wildlife

Executive Order No. 94

NC Wildfires Burn Through Budget

Science Goes Up In Smoke

Research:

Woodpeckers and Fire

Sandhills Smoke Research Burn Findings Presented

Training/Conferences:

Fire and Pocoins

Announcements/Resources:

Burning in the Growing Sesaon

Comprehensive Fuels Treatment Practices Guide for Mixed Conifer Forests

Fire in the Forest: Book Review

Mountain Fire Brochure

Other Items of Interest:

Anatomy of a Prescribed Burn

Florida Scrub Jay Declining

Our Future Will Be Shaped by Fire

IPCC and Fire

Fuel Consumption in Southern Pine Forests

Tundra Fires and Climate Change



What Did I Learn?
Mike Vaughn
Attending the recent North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council annual meeting in Wilkesboro was definitely a learning experience for me. The simple answer to what I learned is: prescribed burning today is a vital, technical tool for land management, to be used by professionals. Click here to read more.

2011 Annual Meeting Awards

The North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting provides the opportunity to recognize prescribed burners. This year's award winners are...

Plants on Fire - Bear Oak
Johnny Randall
You donít see the shrubby bear oak very often in North Carolina, given its limited occurrence on the parched pinnacles of our Piedmont monadnocks. We are also at the southern tip of its range, which hops through the Piedmont and lower elevation Appalachians northward to Maine and Ontario. Click here to read more.

Education on Fire - Montgomery Community College
Boon Chesson
Centrally located in the southern Piedmont is Montgomery Community College along with one of its signature programs, Forest Management Technology. The college campus contains over 140 acres of forest in which students and workshop attendees can view and experience forest management, including the use of prescribed fire. Click here to read more.

Partnership Leads to Successful Burn at TNC Preserve
Dean Simon
Folks at The Nature Conservancy were humming a Beatles’ song on November 10 – the day after a successful controlled burn at the Conservancy’s Bluff Mountain Preserve in Ashe County. Getting by with a little help from friends was a good description for that burn. Click here to read more.

Fall Burning in High Elevation Forests
Dean Simon
The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission mountain burning program was very successful this year in expanding its traditional season from winter and spring burns to incorporate a fall burn window. Dean Simon, regional forester and burn boss reports that he really liked the fuel and weather conditions he experienced this fall.  Adding a mid-October through November burn window relieved the pressure to meet burn goals in spring. Click here to read more.

Membership Success
Council Membership Committee
The North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council has a current membership of 129 with 21 of those being lifetime members!  Wow, that is impressive!  However, there are still over 200 people who receive the Council newsletter and e-mail distributions that have yet to pay their dues. Click here for more.

Council Treasury Update
Jim Gray
An Audit Committee of the NC Prescribed Fire Council was appointed by the president and met with Council Treasurer Jim Gray on August 17, 2011 to conduct an audit of the incorporation records and financial records of the Council. The audit covered the period June 16, 2010 (inception of NC Prescribed Fire Council, Inc.) to August 12, 2011. Click here for more.

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