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November 6, 2008

S.C. Prescribed Fire Council to hold annual meeting Nov. 18 in Lexington

The South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Gibson Commons Conference Center in Lexington. Anyone having an interest in prescribed burning is encouraged to attend.
           
For more information on the Nov. 18 annual meeting of the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council, contact Paul Watts of the S.C. Forestry Commission at pwatts@forestry.state.sc.us or call (803) 896-8837. Deadline for pre-registration for the day-long meeting, which includes lunch, is Nov. 10.
           
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. The wise use of prescribed fire improves public safety by reducing fuel loads in the forest and enhances ecosystems that require or benefit from fire. Carefully burned lands are also more aesthetically pleasing. For more information on prescribed burning assistance, call your local S.C. Forestry Commission office.
           
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 Nov. 18 annual meeting of the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council include: comments by State Forester Gene Kodoma; South Carolina prescribed fire survey and regional educational campaign; National Prescribed Fire Council Coalition; air quality regulations update; prescribed fire insurance; historical fire ecology and Lowcountry longleaf; prescribed fire on federal land in South Carolina; and a private contractor’s view. 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.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.


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