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November 1, 2010

DNR biologist, forester speaks at Washington wildland fire conference

Johnny Stowe of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources recently gave a keynote presentation at the International Association of Wildland Fire conference in Spokane, Wash.

Stowe, heritage preserve manager, wildlife biologist and forester with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), gave a plenary keynote presentation on "Fire in the Southland: The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Prescribed Burning in the Southeastern United States." His presentation was Oct. 27 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane.

A native of the ridge and valley physiographic region of northwestern Georgia and northeastern Alabama, Stowe first learned about land management from his relatives. He participated in his first prescribed burns when he was about 6 years-old. Stowe obtained his bachelor's degree in timber management and his master's degree in wildlife ecology and management from the University of Georgia's School of Forest Resources.

Stowe has represented the South Carolina DNR on the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council since its inception, helping form this group as well as the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils that is burgeoning across North America.

The International Association of Wildland Fire is a non-profit, professional association representing members of the global wildland fire community. The purpose of the association is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community. The Association provided all funding for Stowe to participate in the conference.

The Association’s Third Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference—“Beyond Fire Behavior and Fuels: Learning from the Past to Help Guide Us in the Future”—was held Oct. 25-29 in Spokane.


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