In this January 2021 CBS Mission Unstoppable episode, University of Florida fire ecology professor and Southern Fire Exchange program Principle Investigator Dr. Rae Crandall uses match stick forests, metal trees, and a recent prescribed fire to explain basic principles of fire behavior and effects. This short five minute video would be a great introduction to fire in the Southeast.Continue Reading
Devastating wildfires are a growing threat in the West and across the Nation, jeopardizing the health, safety and vitality of communities and people. Prescribed burning is an accepted land management tool utilized to meet landscape health objectives. Building [certified] prescribed fire education, with emphasis on training, will provide opportunity for advancement of skills to private, non-industrial and industrial landowners and public land/fire managers necessary for the safe and proper utilization of prescribed fire on the landscape.
In this chat we’ll explore state mandates on prescribed fire certification, liability, prescribed fire insurance, and workforce.Continue Reading
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension recently released a new prescribed fire guidebook “Prescribed Fire: A Tool for Landowners Large and Small” for private landowners and Cooperative Extension Agents. The 24 page guide has a focus on burning in Texas, but the information maybe relevant to neighboring states and other regions. The guide discusses Texas prescribed fire laws and liability concerns, equipment, planning tools, funding opportunities and resources.Continue Reading
Nationwide, the frequency and scale of catastrophic wildfires are growing at alarming rates, challenging forest and rangeland managers’ abilities to maintain ecologically resilient landscapes and fire-safe communities. To meet these demands, research and extension professionals are devising interactive and novel programs to engage and build capacity among landowners, agency land managers and decision-makers, environmental non-governmental organizations, and technical service professionals to address ecological, economic, and social dimensions of wildland and prescribed fire.
This webinar will highlight:
Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Area Fire Extension Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
Derek Scasta, Rangeland Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor of Rangeland Management, University of Wyoming
Jennifer Fawcett, Extension Associate, North Carolina State University Extension
Join Lenya, Derek and Jennifer as they share their programming with us!
Webinar series sponsored by Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA)
This webinar series is funded through the Renewable Resource Extension Act under the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture as Award number 2018-46401-288801. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.
The project team consists of natural resource professionals from across the U.S. These webinars are focused on the critical issues identified in the past two RREA strategic plans. The purpose is to feature creative, innovative, and effective Extension programs. The webinars will be an opportunity for renewable resource extension professionals to share, learn, and connect with their colleagues across land-grant institutions and disciplines. It is our hope that the webinars will bring increased public awareness of the RREA program and result in more informed, better served stakeholders.
The Southern Fire Exchange recently contributed to a new informational guide from NC State Extension titled Wildland Fire Programming – A Guide for Extension and Outreach Professionals. The guide includes tips for hosting prescribed fire demonstrations, fire festivals, field tours and prescribed fire related workshops. Natural resource and forestry Cooperative Extension agents will certainly want to check out this guidebook as well as anyone who works in public outreach related to fire.
SFE also has several webinars related to this topic:
- Lessons Learned from Hosting Learn-n-Burn Events: Moving Landowners from Interest to Action
- Fire Festivals: Lessons Learned from Planning and Coordinating