**Updated 5/7/20** The North Georgia Prescribed Fire Council meeting scheduled for June 4 will be held remotely as a Zoom webinar. Registration and other details can be found in the meeting announcement below.
The Georgia Prescribed Fire Council, a statewide coalition of land managers, landowners, forestry consultants, conservation organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies promotes the safe use of prescribed fire as an essential natural resource management tool to ensure ecosystem health and reduce wildfire risk. The first North Georgia Prescribed Fire Council meeting was held in 2019 at North Georgia Technical College in Jasper Ga with 200+ in attendance. The Council had plans to hold the 2020 North Georgia Prescribed Fire meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2020 but due to the COVID 19 restrictions on large groups, the 2020 meeting will be a virtual meeting using ZOOM technology. There will be a normal full agenda of speakers with live interaction from the audience available for questions and comments. ZOOM is very easy to use and there will be technical help for any issues. The 5-hour meeting, with breaks, will address critical issues for prescribed fire practitioners and advocates, with a special emphasis on north Georgia and its unique terrain, population, and forest types. Meeting attendees will hear from prescribed fire experts on 8 different topics as you will see on the meeting agenda.
North Georgia’s public and privately-owned forestland is a significant economic, biological, recreational, and aesthetic resource. Carefully planned prescribed fires prevent the build-up of flammable, naturally-occurring fuels that set the stage for destructive wildfires. Prescribed fire also helps ensure healthy habitat for plants and animals, including rare and endangered species in Georgia.
Continuing Forestry Education and Master Timber Harvester credits will be available for those participating in the full conference.
Join us on June 4th at 10:00 AM on your computer or other device to learn about the state of prescribed fire in North Georgia.
For more information about the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council, visit www.garxfire.com
Frank M Riley Jr. CF
Chair, Georgia Prescribed Fire Council