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June 27, 2014

South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council meets Sept. 24-25 in Upstate, to feature Jocassee Gorges tour

The 2014 South Carolina 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.
The 2014 gathering will be a one-and-a-half-day workshop and annual meeting. The first day will start late morning Sept. 24 at Jocassee Gorges in northern Pickens County. This will be 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.

"Applying fire in rugged mountain terrain is vastly different from burning in the flatwoods," said Hall, "and every time we use fire on Jocassee we learn a new lesson! It's always a challenge, but it is very rewarding to see fire-adapted plant communities flourish across the landscape."

The first day of the workshop will conclude with a social in Clemson. The second day's annual meeting will be held at Palmetto Event Center in Pendleton starting around 9 a.m. Sept. 25. This will be a classroom format, and lunch will be served.

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.

Additional information and registration will be available soon. This information will be posted on the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council website at www.scpfc.net. Registration will be set up so individuals can register for Day 1, Day 2 or both days.

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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