Conservation Matters June 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Prescribed Burning School set for Aug. 8–10 near Sonora

The Academy for Ranch Management will host a Prescribed Burning School Aug. 8–10 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Sonora Station located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings.

The workshop will provide information on the history of fire, weather, planning a burn, fuels and fuel moisture, and equipment, according to Ray Hinnant, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research senior research associate in College Station and a workshop presenter.

The fee for this workshop is $395, payable upon registration, plus a $45 facilities-use fee that will be payable to the AgriLife Research station upon arrival, Hinnant said.

The academy’s primary goal is training ranchers for effective rangeland management, and the focus now is on prescribed burning for rangelands, he said. Prescribed burning is a tool that can be used to manage rangeland vegetation for livestock and wildlife, and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires by removing hazardous fuel loads.

“These courses offer hands-on experience for ranch owners, as well as new landowners and absentee landowners who may be several generations removed from the ranch,” Hinnant said.

The Academy for Ranch Management is a program of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M University Department of Ecosystems Science and Management. The Sonora facilities provide a teaching laboratory for hands-on experience.

Hinnant and Dr. Charles “Butch” Taylor, superintendent of the research station at Sonora, are prescribed-burning board instructors. Other speakers during the course include Dr. Mort Kothmann, Department of Ecosystems Science and Management professor, and Nick Garza, an AgriLife Research associate at Sonora.

For more information, call Hinnant at 979.820.1778, and to register, call Jeanne Andreski at 979.862.2128. Visit the Academy for Ranch Management to download the registration form. Read the AgriLife TODAY story for more details.

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