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Volume 6, Issue 3 - Winter 2013

In this issue:

President's Message

2013 Annual Meeting

2013 Award Winners

Plants on Fire

Prescribed Fire Insurance

Working Group to Increase Prescribed Burning Capacity

Research:

Firing techniques in the longleaf pine system

Wildland Fire Management: Are actively managed forests more resilient

Training/Conferences:

Fire Training

Upcoming Webinars

Other Items of Interest:

Fire 5K

New Prescribed Fire Smoke Management Mobile App

Southern Fire Exchange Looking for Field Tour Sites

President's Message
Scott Pohlman
Our calendar year ends with a string of holidays that would lead us to give thanks, reflect on the past year, and look forward.  None of us have that much time for reflection and all, but we do our best in the few quiet moments we have.  Following the lead of these holidays, I am very grateful for the folks who have served on the board to build the Prescribed Fire Council, and would like to express my appreciation for the board members who rotated off this year – Michael Cheek, Allen Olmstead, Ken Bridle and Susan Miller.  Susan Miller actually rotated off as Secretary, and was willing to stay involved and serve as Vice-President/President-Elect.  Thanks also to our committee chairs, and the past board members who have stayed engaged to help further the PFC mission.  And welcome to our new board members:  Jennifer Evans, James Rogers, Seth Ward, and Susan Miller.  Click here to read more.

2013 Annual Meeting
Scott Pohlman
Attendance was high for the annual meeting of the NC Prescribed Fire Council  which was held jointly with the NC Longleaf Coalition to explore collaborative opportunities to more effectively reach our longleaf pine ecosystem and prescribed fire goals.  Sponsors included RMS, the Association of Consulting Foresters, and the Orton Foundation.  Click here for more meeting details.

2013 Award Winners
John Ann Shearer
Awards are presented at the NC Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting to recognize excellence in prescribed burning. This year the tradition continued. Click here to read more.

Plants on Fire
Johnny Randall
Back in 2001, the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew England, proposed to collect the seeds of 10% of the world’s 400,000 known seed plant species (that includes the flowering plants and conifers) for long-term storage. We have in the United States about 17,000 seed plant species. And when the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) learned of Kew’s plans to come by land and by sea to collect and store our seeds, the Seeds of Success (SOS) program was founded. Click here to read more.

Prescribed Fire Insurance
Jenn Evans
Insurance coverage for prescribed burning is relatively new to the insurance market but is available from several companies under an extended Forester’s policy or as a separate insurance policy specifically for prescribed burning.  A survey of insurance companies conducted in 2013 by the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability’s (SERPPAS) Prescribed Fire Work Group found that the following agencies provide prescribed fire liability coverage in the Southeast: C. D. Rigdon & Associates, Ltd., Davis-Garvin Insurance Agency, Ledkins Insurance Agency LLC, Lockton Affinity, Outdoor Insurance Group, Outdoor Underwriters, Inc., and Sportsmans Insurance Agency, Inc. Click here to read more.

Working Group to Increase Prescribed Burning Capacity
Phil Wallace and Kim Livingston
Efforts are underway to increase the capacity for prescribed burning. As part of a project associated with the Natural Resource Leadership Institute, we have convened a workgroup and facilitated efforts to indentify and address the various barriers that prevent the use of prescribed fire on private lands in North Carolina. Click here to read more.

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