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November 6, 2014Distinctive signs placed on DNR lands managed with prescribed fire

Prescribed burn"This property is managed with prescribed fire in order to maintain its ecology and to reduce the risk of wildfire."

So say distinctive new signs placed on S.C. Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) lands statewide that are managed with prescribed fire. The sign shows a land manager laying down a string of prescribed fire with a drip torch, and silhouettes of animals that benefit from fire--wild turkey, white-tailed deer and swallow-tailed kite--are an integral part of the picture.

The idea for the signs and basic artwork came from Steve Miller of the St. John's Water Management District in Florida. South Carolina DNR artist Mark Conrardy altered Florida's signs to fit the Palmetto State.

Willie Simmons, DNR Small Game Project supervisor, said prescribed fire provides many benefits to grassland birds such as bobwhite quail. Prescribed fire is often the most practical way to reduce dangerous accumulation of combustible fuels in a forest. Wildfires that burn in areas where fuels have been reduced by prescribed fire cause less damage and are much easier to control, according to Simmons.

A generic version of the prescribed fire sign, without the DNR logo, is available as a PDF file, and the sign can then be customized for other landowners. To obtain a version of the generic sign PDF file, e-mail StoweJ@dnr.sc.gov.

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