Ecosystems throughout North America evolved with wildfire. Today, prescribed fire is an important tool for managing habitat by maintaining open, early-seral landscapes. Fire can greatly improve the value of habitat for insects and other invertebrates, often increasing species abundance and diversity, however, fire (both natural and prescribed) in the wrong place, at the wrong scale, or at the wrong time can have the opposite effect—damaging native plant and invertebrate communities which may take decades to fully recover.Continue Reading
WHERE: Live Online (Zoom)
WHEN: June 9, 16, 23, & 30, 9am – 11am each day (8 hours total; must attend all for certificate). If you cannot attend all sessions, please reconsider your enrollment to allow for others to attend.
CAPACITY: 60 attendees; Registration closes May 31st or when capacity is reached.
Holly Campbell, Public Service Assistant, UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Ludie Bond, Fire Mitigation Specialist, Florida Forest Service
Tanya Anderson, Wildland Fire Prevention Officer, Baker County Fire Rescue
Zachary Prusak, Florida Fire Manager/CFL Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Every year hundreds to thousands of wildfires occur across Florida and the southeastern US, threatening both residents and their homes. Fortunately, there are actions residents can take, such as firescaping, to help reduce their wildfire risk.
Join us for an exciting new training aimed at educating and empowering Master Gardener Volunteers, Master Naturalists, other Extension volunteers, and community leaders to make an impact and help protect Florida homes from wildfire.
The 8-hour training (2 hours per week for 4 weeks) includes a blend of presentations, “hands-on” activities, and discussions. The training will introduce participants to Florida fire history and behavior, plant flammability, firescaping design, home wildfire risk assessment, and tips for combining firescaping with other landscape objectives. The training also includes recommended volunteer opportunities and materials.
All sessions must be attended to receive the certificate of completion. The knowledge participants gain from this training can be used to educate their communities on firescaping and other wildfire risk reduction measures.
MORE INFORMATION: Dr. Shelly Johnson, SSA, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension @ Shelly.Johnson@ufl.eduContinue Reading
Join NACD for the upcoming Winds, Water and Wildfires Virtual Summits this coming May. Disasters such as high winds, wildfires and flooding cause significant damage to natural resources in the South, North, East and West.
Conservation districts are uniquely positioned to assist communities with planning and preparedness before, during, and after disasters. Our sessions will allow you to see how conservation districts are working together with all community members to conquer the challenges facing private landowners. Success happens when landowners and agencies come together to meet the needs of our local communities.
These needs are identified in the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.
For questions, please contact NACD’s Natural Resource Policy Specialist Mary Scott at email@example.com.
Click here to register for the Southeast Region’s summit on May 11 & 12 (two half-day events).Continue Reading