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August 29, 2014S.C. Prescribed Fire Council Sept. 24-25 meeting to focus on Jocassee Gorges, Upstate

The 2014 S.C. Prescribed Fire Council annual meeting will be held Sept. 24-25 in the Upstate and will feature a look at the prescribed burning and research going on in the mountains of Jocassee Gorges.

More information and a full agenda can be found on the S.C. Prescribed Fire Council website where online registration is also available. For questions, call Derrick Phinney at (843) 563-0135, extension 3, or e-mail dphinne@clemson.edu.

The 2014 gathering will begin at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Jocassee Gorges in northern Pickens County and will include a field tour with Mark Hall, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Jocassee land manager, wildlife biologist and forester, discussing the prescribed burning and research being conducted at Jocassee Gorges. The second day, Thursday, Sept. 25, a classroom format, will be held at Palmetto Event Center (formerly Just More Barbecue) in Pendleton. Individuals can register for Day 1 ($15), Day 2 ($35) or both days ($50).

“We are really excited about this year’s meeting," said Johnny Stowe, DNR wildlife biologist, forester, Heritage Preserve manager and chair of the S.C. Prescribed Fire Council. "It is the first time we have had a two-day event, and the first time we have had our meeting at Clemson, with a focus on the Upstate’s mountains and piedmont. Since we began the council in 2003, we have seen more and more folks restore prescribed fire to much of South Carolina’s fire-starved forests, woodlands and savannas.”

Topics to be discussed during the annual meeting and workshop include an overview of prescribed burning research in the mountains by Clemson University and the U.S. Forest Service, longleaf focus groups and cost share, Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Southern Fire Exchange update and research highlights, S.C. prescribed fire county resolutions, wildlife and fire, and S.C. Forestry Commission update.

Anyone having an interest in prescribed burning is encouraged to attend. The S.C. Prescribed Fire Council annual meeting and workshop is intended for landowners, land managers, consultants, and conservation organization staff who use prescribed fire to achieve resource management goals.

Among the cooperators in the S.C. 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.

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