|Winter is traditional prescribed fire season|
You know the old saying of where there is smoke there’s fire? Landowners and land managers are constantly looking for ways to be more effective when using controlled burns, and some new ideas are coming of age to make that happen. Statewide fire councils that once faltered are now blossoming, and prescribed burning association or co-ops are likely the next implementation of that movement.
When it comes to prescribed fire it often seems like the deck is stacked against the process with multiple categories of burn days, smoke management concerns and wet weather to contend with. The end result is that the managers with the most prescribed fire experience are conducting the majority of the burning, with the only way left to expand the total acreage under a regime of fire is to get others involved. Since most of the Southeast acreage is private, it makes the most sense to help private landowners to become proficient in the process.
John Weir of Oklahoma State University works with prescribed burn associations in several states. “The top reasons that landowners don’t practice prescribed fire is fear of liability, not having enough knowledge relative to fire, not having enough people to conduct a burn and not having enough equipment to conduct a burn,” said Weir. “But Prescribed Burn Associations can help to manage the risk and get folks out burning more often.”
|April Atkinson and Jay Cantrell in the field|
To view past blog entries from GameKeepers magazine click Fall 2015 - Summer 2015 - Spring 2015 - Winter 2015 - Fall 2014 - Summer 2014 - Spring 2014 - Winter 2013