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Volume 5, Issue 1 - Spring 2012

In this issue:

2012 Annual Meeting

Plants on Fire

TNC Season of First's

Price Park Burn

Hemlock Bluffs Burn

Research:

Effects of Fire on Amphibians

Effects of Harvest Strategies on Biodiversity

EPA Science Action Newsletter

Training/Conferences:

Fire in Pocosins Workshop

Native Grass Symposium

Other Item of Interest:

Burning and climate change

Own Your Smoke

Okefenokee Fire Finally Out

Spring Missouri Prairie Journal

2012 Annual Meeting
Ken Bridle
The Annual Meeting of the Prescribed Fire Council will be held in Chapel Hill at the North Carolina Botanical Garden August 21 and 22. If you have not visited the Botanical Garden recently they now have a new LEED certified facility that includes energy efficiency and sustainability features and really nice meeting spaces, gallery, class rooms and surrounding new garden areas. Click here to read more.

Plants on Fire
Johnny Randall
Without a doubt, the most insidious invasive plant encountered by those working in savanna and meadow restoration and management is Lespedeza cuneata, commonly known as Chinese lespedeza or simply sericea. This plant from Hell was once, and is still, considered by some to be highly “desirable,” even though most states consider it a noxious weed. Its desirable characteristics are precisely those that make it such a vexation in native meadows. Sericea is a deep-rooted, drought-tolerant, nitrogen-producing, pest. A disease free, prolific-seeding, vigorously-growing, highly-competitive leguminous plant, it loves fire and can create a persistent (decades long) seed bank. Click here to read more.

TNC Season of Firsts
Margit Bucher
When asked about recent lesson learned, Mike Norris stated: "Be careful planning your burns too much based on El Nino and La Nina conditions and longer-term outlooks. What matters most are your actual fuel condition on site and the actual weather you are getting for the burn you are conducting. Even in dry periods, one can find good safe burn windows for the right places". Despite drought conditions in the Sandhills this winter and spring, Mike’s program has a record for acres burned so far in 2012: 1,550 acres, almost half of the 3,700 acres burned on Conservancy lands this year in NC. Click here to read more.

Price Park Burn
Ken Bridle
This was the third year the Piedmont Land Conservancy has done prescribed burns at Price Park in Greensboro.  Several years ago we started the process to maintain and enhance some old meadows by introducing burning as part of the management.  Click here to read more.

Hemlock Bluffs Burn
Brian Haines
On January 30th of this year the N.C. Forest Service worked together with the N.C. State Parks and Recreation and the Town of Cary to complete a long planned prescribed fire on three acres of the 158-acre Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary. The prescribed burn was the result of nearly two years of planning by local, county and state officials to rejuvenate the urban forest and prevent any unplanned wildfires from being able to spread to nearby homes. Click here to read more.

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