September 27, 2016; 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, CT
Blackwater River State Forest, Bear Lake Pavilion
Prescribed fire is applied to thousands of acres in the South each year to achieve forestry, agricultural and/or wildlife management objectives. Under the right conditions prescribed fire is an effective tool for reducing fuel loads and improving wildlife habitat, aesthetics and access. This workshop will provide an overview of the uses of fire in natural resource management and the proper planning necessary for a successful prescribed burn. A burn demonstration will be planned and executed, if conditions allow.
8:30 am Sign-in, meet and greet at Bear Lake Pavilion
9:00 Welcome and Introduction, Mike Hudson, Florida Forest Service (FFS) and Chris Demers, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation
9:15 Why Use Fire?, Maria Wilson, FFS
10:00 Prescribed Burning Factors and Issues, David Smith, FFS
11:00 Plan it! – The Who, What, Where, When, Why, How, Charles “CC” Christensen, FFS
11:45 Prescribed Burn Associations and Cost-share Assistance, Arlo Kane, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
12:00 pm Lunch, Thanks Sponsors!
1:00 Executing the Burn: Equipment and Firing Techniques – in the field, Gary Holley, FFS and all staff
3:00 Conclusion, evaluation, adjourn
Register: A $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop092716.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Bethany at the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Office at (850) 675-6654. Directions to the facility are on the back. Please share this announcement with others who may be interested.