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August 4, 2010

S.C. Prescribed Fire Council to hold annual meeting Sept. 28 in Clinton

The South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, Sept. 28 at The Clinton House near Clinton. Anyone having an interest in prescribed burning is encouraged to attend.
           
For more information on the Sept. 28 annual meeting of the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council, contact Dr. Ernie Wiggers at (843) 846-2539 or e-mail ewiggers@nemourswildlife.org. The meeting will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Clinton House on Sept. 28. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration.

The meeting is intended for landowners, land managers, consultants, and conservation organization staff who use prescribed fire to achieve resource management goals. Presenters will give information and relay their experiences with conducting prescribed burns within the Piedmont region. There will also be updates on the activities of the Prescribed Fire Council and demonstration of tools used to conduct successful and safe prescribed burns. Participants will also learn about cost-share programs that can help offset the cost of prescribed burning.
           
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 or visit the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Web site.
           
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.

Continuing forestry education credits will be available from this meeting.


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