Prescribed burn schools scheduled

Feb 13, 2009
by WLJ
Prescribed burn schools scheduled

The Prescribed Burn Task Force in west central Nebraska plans four prescribed burn schools to help landowners and managers to eliminate invasive plants, said Lara Fondow, Quail Forever wildlife biologist and task force president.

Interest in prescribed burning has increased in recent years to renovate Conservation Reserve Program plantings, to manage the composition of grasslands, and to manage invasive species like eastern red cedar, Fondow said. As that interest grows, the Prescribed Burn Task Force, a consortium of volunteer firefighters, federal and state agency personnel, and private organizations, wants to make sure that people are doing it in a safe and effective way through providing education and access to appropriate equipment.

Schools planned for the west central area include:

Tues., Feb. 17 – Paxton

Wed., Feb. 18 – Eustis

Thurs., Feb. 19 – Oconto

Fri., Feb. 20 – Pleasanton

The schools start with registration at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. To get a card certifying participation, students need to attend one of these schools as well as a demonstration burn, Fondow said. The card will allow participants to rent prescribed burning equipment from the Prescribed Burn Task Force. Part of the school will include a listing of demonstration burn opportunities.

Registration costs $5, including the meal, and preregistration with the local Extension office will help the caterer’s planning.

For more information and more specific locations, contact the Extension office in the county where the workshop is being held. — WLJ