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Volume 4, Issue 1 - Spring 2011

In this issue:

NC Prescribed Fire Council Update

Prescribed Fire Awareness Week

2011 NC Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting

Prescribed Fire Training Center Update

Where do we want to be in 5 years?

Recent wildfires highlight home protection program

Controlled Burn has Multiple Benefits Including Curbing Wildfire

Plants, animals expected to benefit by wildfires

Plants on Fire Baptisia albescens

Research

Cecil Frost's Fire Return Interval Map

Perceptions of Texas Landowners Regarding Fire and its Use

Spatial Response of American Black Bears to Prescribed Fire in Northwest Florida

GIS-based Model for Wildfire Predication & Mitigation

Training/Conferences

4th Annual Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference

2nd Annual Shortleaf Pine Conference

Announcements/Resources

Local Burn Bans

Georgia Forestry Commission Improves Smoke and Fire Management with Esri System

Joint Fire Science Program: Smoke Science Plan

Situational Awareness: Nighttime Smoke and Fog on Prescribed Burns

Southern Fire Exchange Newsletter

How Accurate Is Your Kestrel?

Blower Clears Established Firelines in HW Forests Without Disturbing Soil

Six Minutes for Safety

Other Items of Interest

Anne Boyd Environmental Award

H.J. Blue Farm Award

Reynolda Gardens Meadow Management

NC Prescribed Fire Council Update
John Ann Shearer, Council President
In January the Fire Council sent a letter to State Forester Wib Owen (with copies to Governor Bev Perdue, Mr. Pryor Gibson, Senior Advisor for Governmental Affairs, and Mr. Dee Freeman, Secretary of DENR) thanking DFR for its prompt and effective actions to address wildfires and opposing a prescribed burning ban. The letter expressed a desire that any burning ban should distinguish between prescribed burning administered by professionals and any other form of burning such as backyard trash burning. We reiterated the need for prescribed fires to prevent wildfires. Click here to read more.

Prescribed Fire Awareness Week
Debbie Crane
Gov. Bev Perdue proclaimed Feb. 7-13 the second annual "Prescribed Fire Awareness Week"; to educate people about how fires started under controlled conditions can benefit the environment. The year's activities were highlighted by a series of public service announcements that aired on radio stations across the state. Click here to read more.

2011 North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting
Dean Simon
The Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council, "Fire on the Mountain", will be held at the "Fire" Pit (A. K. A., The Pit) at Wilkes Community College, in Wilkesboro, NC on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 from 9 AM until 5 PM and will include a half day morning field trip to Thurmond Chatham Game Land on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. Click here to read more.

Prescribed Fire Training Center Update
Boon Chesson
Two landowner workshops were recently held at the Prescribed Fire Training Center at Montgomery Community College in Troy. Workshops included classroom presentations on the role of fire in wildlife management, the role of fire in forest management, and an overview of how to go about conducting a prescribed burn. Click here for more.

Where Do We Want To Be In 5 Years?
Kevin Harvell
The North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council has started down an exciting path. We have begun the process of putting together a "Strategic Plan". This 5 to 10 year plan will help shape not only our vision and how the committees are formed, but also how the council serves its members. Click here to read more.

Recent wildfires in North Carolina highlight home protection program
Brian Haines
State officials say the number of homes destroyed by wildfires in recent weeks underscores the importance of using landscaping and other techniques to better protect homes from wildfires. Click here to read more.

Controlled Burn has Multiple Benefits Including Curbing Wildfire
Carolyn Rickard
Routine controlled burning on Holly Shelter Game Land mitigated the damage caused by a recent Pender County wildfire and allowed firefighters to suppress it quicker, foresters with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission say. Click here to read more.

Plants, animals expected to benefit by wildfires
Suzanne Ulbrich
Although it's destructive to valuable timberland, officials say the wildfires in the Sandy Run area will actually benefit plants and animals.

"This is just a naturally fire-adapting type ecosystem," said Ken Shughart, the wildlife forest manager with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. "Fire is really beneficial to most species of wildlife, allows new plant growth and it allows grasses to grow for cover." Click here to read more.

Plants on Fire Baptisia albescens
Johnny Randall, Assistant Director, North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Baptisia albescens (spiked wild indigo) is a particularly spectacular herbaceous leguminous perennial, or forb, that occurs from Virginia south to Florida and west to Tennessee. In North Carolina it is found in the Sandhills and Piedmont regions and is well adapted to dry open conditions and the regular occurrence of fire. Click here for more.

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