Conservation Matters July 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Learn prescribed fire from the experts with new online resource

Learn prescribed fire from the experts with new online resource

Prescribed fire, also known as controlled burning, is an effective way for land managers to maintain native landscapes, sustain rangeland production, enhance wildlife and reduce potential wildfire fuel loads, according to experts. Prescribed fire is the practice of planned burning that is done under specific guidelines and for the outcomes designed by plan. Experts from across the nation have partnered with eXtension.org to create a new online community on the beneficial use of prescribed fire.

The Prescribed Fire Community of Practice (CoP) provides a variety of online resources including articles, an Ask the Expert tool, webinars, online training and social media resources from the nation’s top experts, according to CoP developers. The goal of the effort is to provide open access to timely, science-based information as well as local, regional and national experts. The Ask an Expert tool gives users a quick response from a regional fire professional, and the CoP also shares timely fire news and events. 

To learn more and to join the CoP, visit extension.org/prescribed_fire. The Prescribed Fire resource area is among 75 eXtension.org topic areas. eXtension.org is a program of the Cooperative Extension System of land grant universities nationwide, which includes the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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