It’s that time of year again…….the season for annual Prescribed Fire Council meetings!
Organized at the state and local level, Prescribed Fire Councils (PFCs) offer information-sharing and networking opportunities for private landowners, fire practitioners, agencies, non-governmental organizations, policymakers, and regulators. Members promote prescribed burning by increasing public understanding of the regional importance and benefits of prescribed fire, and by encouraging the exchange of information, techniques, and experiences among practitioners of prescribed fire.
Annual meetings usually consist of presentations, reports, updates, and field trips. Continuing education credits are often available for attendees. The annual meetings allow you the opportunity to network with others who are interested in prescribed fire and to share information about training opportunities, liability concerns, habitat management, firing techniques, and many other fire-related topics.
Not a member of a PFC? Join your state’s council today!
Below is the list of annual Prescribed Fire Councils meetings taking place across the South for the remainder of 2015. Consider attending one, or several!
North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council When: August 11-12, 2015 Where: New London, NC Click here for more details and to register.
Alabama Prescribed Fire Council When: September 3, 2015 Where: Mountain Brook, AL Click here for more details and to register.
South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council When: September 23-24, 2015 Where: Beaufort, SC and Waterboro, SC Click here for more details and to register.
Louisiana Prescribed Fire Council When: September 24, 2015 Where: Alexandria, LA Click on the 2015 9th LPFC Fall meeting FLYER for more details and to register.
Central Florida Prescribed Fire Council When: September 25, 2015 Where: Osceola Park, Kissimmee, FL Click here for more details.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council When: September 29, 2015 Where: Tifton, GA Click here for more details.
Kentucky Prescribed Fire Council When: October 5-6, 2015 and optional Controlled Burn Workshop on October 7, 2015 Where: Kenlake State Resort Park (with field trip to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area) Click here to download the registration form for the meeting and/or workshop. Click here for more details about the KYPFC.
North Florida Prescribed Fire Council When: October 20, 2015 Where: Tallahassee, FL Click here for more details.
Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council When: November 12, 2015 Where: Hattiesburg, MS Check back here later for more details.
Is information missing for the annual prescribed fire council meeting in your Southern state? Please e-mail Jennifer Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By John Diaz (NCSU graduate student) and Jennifer Evans (NCSU Extension Associate)