The Pryor Times


May 29, 2014

Prescribed burning offers many benefits

PRYOR, OK — ARDMORE— Pre-scribed burning is an effective technique to reduce fuel build up that contributes to wildfire, reduces eastern red cedar pollen and is a critical aspect of land resource management, but it must be used in a safe and proper manner.

 The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Oklahoma State University Extension Service, Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association (OPBA), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will co-host a two-day Prescribed Burning Workshop to discuss the benefits and proper use of prescribed burning for land management to landowners. This workshop, which is open to the public, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, and Thursday, June 26, at the Marietta High School Cafeteria, located at 800 SW 4th Ave. in Marietta, Oklahoma.

This workshop is aligned with the educational outreach objectives of the OPBA, a newly formed statewide organization to educate the public and policymakers about the need to use prescribed fire and the safety of this management practice.

  Day one of the workshop will focus on planning a burn. Prescribed burn specialists will break down each part of a written burn plan, discussing the specifics and importance of each section. A small demonstration burn will be conducted in the afternoon (weather permitting).

 Day two will focus on developing a burn plan. Specialists will present a case study, and participants will have the opportunity to build a plan using the case study. A large demonstration burn will be conducted in the afternoon (weather permitting).

There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided. For more information or to preregister,


agevents or call Jackie Kelley at 580-224-6360.



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