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September 25, 2009

S.C Prescribed Fire Council to hold annual meeting Oct. 15 in Blackville

The South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Clemson University Research & Experiment Station in Blackville. Anyone having an interest in prescribed burning is encouraged to attend.
           
For more information on the Oct. 15 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 Oct. 7.
           
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.
           
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 Oct. 15 annual meeting of the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council include: Highway 31 Wildfire response and lessons learned; Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve—management of fire-dependent ecosystem and the aftermath of Highway 31 Wildfire; fire and the ground-layer of longleaf pine communities; Table Mountain Pine research in the South Carolina and Georgia mountains; predicting fire occurrence in yellow pine forests of the Central Appalachian Mountains; growing-season burns, thermal thinning and pruning; and the impact of a season of burning on survival and movement of bobwhite quail. 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.

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