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#06-270 October 9, 2006  

'Prescribed Fire in Southern Forests' topic at S.C. Prescribed Fire meeting

“Prescribed Fire in Southern Forests: A Quarter Century of Change” will be the theme for the third annual meeting of the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council when it meets Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence. Anyone having an interest in prescribed burning is encouraged to attend.
           
Registration for the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council’s annual meeting begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday,Prescribed burn Oct. 31 at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center at 2200 Pocket Road in Florence. The meeting is scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m. The noon meal will be catered by Brown’s Bar-B-Q and is included in the cost of registration. Those planning to attend are asked to contact Kay Morris with the National Wild Turkey Federation by calling her toll-free at 800-843-6983, extension 3836, or by e-mailing her at kmorris@nwtf.net. Responses should be received by Thursday, Oct. 26. A fee of $20 will be collected the day of the meeting for those pre-registered, while late registration will be $25.
           
For directions to the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence, visit the Web site http://www.clemson.edu/peedeerec/index.htm or call (843) 662-3526.
           
The mission statement of the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council is to foster cooperation among all parties in the Palmetto State with an interest in prescribed fire to optimize burning opportunities, to encourage the exchange of information, techniques and experiences among practitioners of prescribed fire and to promote public understanding of the importance and benefits of prescribed fire.
           
Among the cooperators in the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council is a collection of private organizations and individuals and state and federal agencies, including private landowners, The Nature Conservancy, S.C. Forestry Commission, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Clemson University, U.S. Forest Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Defense, Nemours Wildlife Foundation, S.C. Forestry Association, Natural Resources Conservation Service, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, National Park Service, Plantation Managers’ Association and Association of Consulting Foresters.
           
Topics to be covered at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council include: burning in wetlands and mountains, The Longleaf Alliance, burning young longleaf stands, burning fire-suppressed longleaf stands, burning and invasive exotic plant species, burning for hardwood regeneration, air quality issues and legal ramifications of prescribed burning, and lessons learned from an escaped prescribed fire. Speakers include a variety of experts from the ranks of academia, state and federal agencies, and private conservation organizations.

Continuing forestry education credits will be available from this meeting.

For more information on the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council, contact Stephanie Beard, public information coordinator, at (843) 546-1013, extension 232, in Georgetown, or e-mail slbeard@clemson.edu, or visit the Prescribed Fire Council Web site at www.clemson.edu/rxfire.
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