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AgriLife to host prescribed burning workshop


An introductory prescribed burning workshop sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is scheduled Jan. 13 in Corsicana.

The application of prescribed fire can mitigate wildfire danger and provide a benefit to natural resources, said Derek Scasta, AgriLife Extension agent for Navarro County.

"Many of the plant and animal species associated with rangeland prairie ecosystems (little bluestem and bobwhite quail) are adapted to fire," Scasta said. "These types of prairie ecosystems are considered to be fire dependent, and prescribed fire may be an important component of habitat restoration and ranch management."

The program will begin at the Navarro County Exposition Center, 4021 West Hwy. 22 in Corsicana, and then move to the field for demonstrations. The program will bring together prescribed burning experts from AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Forest Service, U.S. Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The program will begin at 8 a.m. with topics related to fire effects, fire behavior, policy and liability, planning a burn and conducting the burn. After lunch, the group will go to the field and discuss safety equipment and evaluate fuel and fire weather conditions.

If conditions are appropriate and fit the prescription for a safe and effective burn, a demonstration burn will be conducted. The cost of the program is $10 and includes lunch and a resource manual.

The program has been approved for three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units and Certified Professional in Range Management units are pending.

Landowners, fire responders and elected officials are invited to attend. Call 903-654-3075 with questions or to RSVP by Jan. 10.

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