Learn to Burn Conservation Agencies host Prescribed Burn Workshop
Learn to Burn: Conservation Agencies host Prescribed Burn Workshop
Story by Jaime Tankersley
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Concho Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently hosted a prescribed burn workshop in Eden, Texas.
Nearly 30 producers and representatives from two local fire departments gathered to obtain information on burning laws and regulations, commissionerï¿½s court burn bans and for the opportunity to learn how to develop a prescribed burn plan with the NRCS.
Concho County Judge Allen Amos informed participants that Concho County is currently under a burn ban and asked landowners to use common sense to avoid wildfires.
Grant Teplicek, Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) Grazing Land Specialist, addressed participants on how to plan, prepare and burn within NRCS standards and specifications for a prescribed burn.
ï¿½You have to start planning for a burn a year in advance, sometimes two years depending on the amount of rainfall in your region.ï¿½ Teplicek said. ï¿½Deferment is a key factor in establishing your fuel load, and obtaining your burn goals and objectives.ï¿½
The day long workshop offered an educational setting that encouraged open communication between presenters and participants.
ï¿½We want to offer producers assistance and education in the field of natural resource conservation, and offer landowners the opportunity to ask any questions they may have during the process.ï¿½ said Laura Broyles, NRCS district conservationist.
ï¿½Prescribed burning is a tool utilized widely in this county and the surrounding area. We wanted to educate producers about this technique so they could learn to respect fire and form a working partnership with our agency.ï¿½
NRCS staff, Kathleen Traweek and Warren Day offered a short demonstration in equipment and tools used before and during a burn. The group was given the opportunity to see first-hand the benefits of prescribed burning when they were transported by hay ride to the pasture where a prescribed burn was conducted on March 15. Blades of green grass and other vegetative growth amazed the crowd as Texas continues have suffered from severe drought.
Prickly pear pads, brown and needleless made up most of what was left on the invasive plants, and dormant grasses were given a chance to prosper under the new habitat conditions.
The hands-on, outdoor experience allowed the participants to truly see the result of a prescribed burn and benefits it can have in obtaining your operations conservation goals.
Event sponsors included the Concho SWCD, 1st State Bank of Paint Rock and Pfluger Insurance Agency.
For more information about prescribed burning or other conservation practices your operation may benefit from, contact the Concho SWCD or Eden NRCS Field Office at 325-869-4021 extension 3. They are both located at 1100 E. Broadway, Eden, Texas.
Concho County Judge Allen Amos advised participants that Concho County is currently under a burn ban and ask that we all use common sense to help avoid future wildfire situations.
NRCS employees, Kathleen Traweek and Warren Day, explain and demonstrate the equipment needed before and during a prescribed fire.
Participants of the Concho County Prescribed Burn Workshop tour and area recently burned within NRCS regulations and specifications.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with the Concho Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a Prescribed Burn Workshop to educate producers on the benefits derived from a controlled, prescribed burn.