In this issue:
Prescribed Fire Awareness
Plants on Fire
Tracking Wildlife Responses to Fire Restoration in Southern Appalachia
Presscribed Fire Training Exchange
State Parks Holds In-House Workshop on Ecological Burning
Great Smokey Wildland Fire Module
Other Item of Interest:
TNC Record Burning
It's a WRAP
Notes from a Burn
Living with Wildfire
Prescribed Fire Awareness Month
As the calendar year draws to a close, it seems appropriate to reflect back on the past year and give thanks to those who serve the council. I'd like to thank all of you who have agreed to serve the council and take this opportunity to recognize those individuals that rotated off the board this year: Ken Bridle, Jim Gray, Ryan Jacobs, and Deborah Walker. And thanks to Jon Blanchard who would have rotated off this year but instead agreed to serve another 2-year term as an at-large board member. Thanks to our committee chairs, and past board members who have continued to stay involved and work to help further the mission of the fire council. Welcome to our new board members: Christa Rogers, Bruce White, Margit Bucher and Bill Jackson. Click here to read more.
February is Prescribed Fire Awareness Month in North Carolina. "This is a great time to draw attention to the work our partners are doing across the state to put fire on the ground," said Susan Miller, President of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council. "We hope every member will do something to help focus attention on the need for prescribed fire from the mountains to the coast." Click here to read more.
Awards were presented at the NC Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting in August of 2014 to recognize excellence in prescribed burning. Click here to read more.
Plants on Fire
Astragalus – commonly known as milk-vetch – is the largest genus of flowering plants on Earth, sprouting some 2,300-2,500 species globally! North America boasts 1,000 or more species and we have 11 taxa in the Southeastern US. The name Astragalus comes from the Greek astragalos for neck vertebra, which approximates the appearance of the flower clusters. And milk-vetch derives from the (unsubstantiated) belief that it increased the production of milk in goats. Astragalus is also one of the principle genera of plants that are called locoweeds, which can poison grazing animals. Click here to read more.