This course establishes an understanding of Natural Resources Conservation Service policy on prescribed burning and teaches employees the basics, considerations and methods needed to plan and design prescribed burns with cooperators. The course will include classroom study, experience in design of prescribed burns and actual application of prescribed burning. Ten people will be the maximum to attend each one week course to allow all participants full opportunity for participation. Emphasis is on shrub grasses.
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
explain and apply Natural Resources Conservation Service policy on prescribed burning
explain the effects of fire on soil, water, air, plants, and animals
prescribe the weather conditions necessary to accomplish a safe and successful burn
describe wildlife considerations
describe animal use considerations
calculate fire behavior
explain and use firing methods
use prescribed burning equipment
determine fuel moisture
plan and apply fire suppression
design a prescribed burn plan
use a prescribed burning expert system
Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel responsible for technical leadership in prescribed burning at the national, regional, and state levels will be given top priority. Field office personnel needing training in prescribed burning may attend when space is available.