Bruce Reynolds and Julie Hoffman are bringing back the prairie on land where they raise livestock in south central Oklahoma. Over the years, forests of juniper and cedar have taken over the grasslands. They’re working to remove the cedar and return the land to its former glory – native grasslands. With the help of NRCS, the grasslands on the land are returning, booming with many different wildflowers. These grasslands provide high-quality food for cattle as well as critical habitat for bees, butterflies, northern bobwhite and many other species.
We seek data contributions to a Joint Fire Sciences Program project examining tree mortality due to wildland fire in the U.S. We are interested in U.S. datasets that at minimum include year of fire, county, state, and individual tree records of species, DBH and crown injury (some measure of crown scorch, kill, and/or consumption)
Now showing through June 26, 2016 at: Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, Kansas City, MO
The Great Plains Fire Science Exchange has a traveling art exhibit focused on tallgrass prairie fire. It was developed in the Flint Hills and is composed of original works, including photography (showcased on a looping DVD) as well as poetry. The content of this exhibit will resonate with grassland enthusiasts throughout the Great Plains region. You may reserve the exhibit by contacting us at GPfirescience@gmail.com.
Included in the exhibit kit:
DVD, title sign, poetry placards, stands, table cloth, and brochures. You supply the monitor and DVD player. The display fits best on a 8-foot table.
Researchers from South Dakota State University will be hosting focus groups in an effort to gain a better understanding of the drivers of land management decisions made by farmers and ranchers. Participants will be compensated. The focus groups will be held March 3-4 in various locations in North and South Dakota.
The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer several workshops this spring for landowners interested in learning how to use prescribed fire. Each workshop will consist of a classroom session followed by a demonstration burn, weather permitting.
All workshops are free to attend, but participants must pre-register.
Workshops are listed below. Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website to learn more.
Vienna Volunteer Fire Protection District — 308 N. Mill St., Vienna
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19 -- Register by Feb. 16.
Call Seth Barrioz, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-897-3797 ext. 116
Camdenton Conservation Office — 783 Thunder Mountain Road, Camdenton
6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 -- Register by Feb. 22.
Call Jodi Moulder, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-346-2210 ext. 233
* Will not include demonstration burn
Big Spring Fire Department – 758 S. Highway 19, New Florence
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5 -- Register by March 3.
Call Jamie Barton, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-564-3715 ext. 110
Lincoln University, Carver Farm – 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, March 5 -- Register by March 1.
Call Dean Stucker, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-796-0286 ext. 4282
Prairie Fork Conservation Area – Williamsburg
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, March 19 -- Register by March 17.
Call Jamie Barton, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-564-3715 ext. 110
The Academy for Ranch Management will offer two rangeland burning schools this winter. Both burn training schools will take place at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Sonora Station (located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings).
The Introductory Prescribed Rangeland Burning School will be held February 18-20, 2016. The Advanced Rangeland Burning School will be held March 3-5, 2016.
The cost for each school is $395 (includes meals and lodging). In addition, a $45 fee for facilities use will be due upon arrival for each school.
If interested in attending either school, go to www.agrilife.org/arm for a registration form, and mail it along with payment to Jeanne Andreski at: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, 2138 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2138. Those planning to attend should also send an email to Ray Hinnant at email@example.com so they can be added to the list. For more information, call Hinnant at 979-820-1778.
The Nebraska Chapter of Pheasants Forever will offer several prescribed fire training workshops during the winter and spring of 2016. A series of 13 basic and advanced workshops will be held across the state to provide classroom-based training to landowners, land managers, resource professionals, volunteer fire departments, and others interested in the safe and effective use of prescribed fire. No prior experience is needed to attend. View the PDF announcement to learn more and register.
The following is a current list of burn workshops that will be offered in Kansas this winter.
November 17 (Kickapoo Nation)
Location: Horton, Bingo Hall at Golden Eagle Casino
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone: 785-945-6147
January 6 (Rice County)
Location: Lyons, Rice County Extension Building
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 620-257-5313
January 7 (Labette/Neosho)
Location: Parsons, Southeast Kansas Extension Research Center
Contact email: Kitra.Cooper@ks.usda.gov
Contact phone: 620-784-5431 X1224
February 4 (Russell/Lincoln/Ellsworth)
Location: Wilson, Parish Hall
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone: 785-483-3157
February 9 (Bourbon)
Location: Ft. Scott, Ft. Scott National Historic Site
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 620-224-6031
February 11 (Harper)
Location: Harper, Fair Building (Blue Barn)
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone: 620-842-5445
February 17 (Butler)
Location: El Dorado, Community 4-H Building
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 316-321-9660
February 19 (Riley)
Location: Manhattan, Pottorf Hall, Fairgrounds
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone: 785-537-6350
February 24 (Anderson)
Location: Garnett, Community Building
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 785-828-443
Apply now for scholarships for the 2015 Wildland Fire Academy. Courses will be held in Jay, Oklahoma from October 18 to October 30.
The Wildland Fire Academy offers a variety of courses that will benefit prescribed fire practitioners, wildland firefighters, and volunteer fire department members.
What: The Oklahoma chapter of the Society for Range Management is hosting a field day: "Beef, Bobwhites, Butterflies, & Burning."
When: September 10, 2015; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (RSVP by September 8)
Where: Cross Timbers WMA (Love County, OK)
The North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) has announced its 2016 Farmer Rancher Grant call for proposals. Farmers and ranchers in the North Central region may submit grant proposals for projects related to sustainable agriculture on the farm or ranch.
Three types of grants are available:
- individual grants ($7,500 maximum),
- "team of two" grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and
- group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum).
NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Farmer Rancher Grant Program. Proposals are due December 3, 2015.
View the proposed topics for the upcoming call for proposals from the Joint Fire Science Program. Future calls will rotate through fire science exchanges to provide regional opportunities. Contact us if you'd like to discuss Great Plains research priorities or letters of support.
If you are seeking prescribed fire liability insurance, check out the Bramlett Agency of Ardmore, OK. Their insurance is affordable and can be used in any state.
Cost is $500 for two burns per year, with additional burns available for $250 each. More information on this insurance can be found here: Bramlett Fire Insurance. NOTE: This document contains a mistake: no certified burner is needed.
For more information, contact the Bramlett Agency (contact info can be found in the document). Thanks goes to the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association for finding this affordable insurance!
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, issued a Secretarial Order on January 6, 2015 calling for a science-based approach to address the increasing frequency and intensity of wildfires in sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, especially in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. This new strategy involves establishing a Rangeland Fire Task Force, which will work alongside other federal agencies, states, tribes, local entities, and non-governmental groups to improve fire management and habitat restoration activities.
Goals outlined include:
- reducing size, severity and cost of rangeland fires;
- addressing invasive species; and
- increasing effectiveness of wildland fire management resources.
Secretary Jewell stated, “Targeted action is urgently needed to conserve habitat for the greater sage-grouse and other wildlife in the Great Basin, as well as to maintain ranching and recreation economies that depend on sagebrush landscapes. The Secretarial Order further demonstrates our strong commitment to work with our federal, state, tribal and community partners to reduce the likelihood and severity of rangeland fire, stem the spread of invasive species, and restore the health and resilience of sagebrush ecosystems.”
Read the full story and find links to further information here: DOI News Release 1.6.15 (.doc) >
The USDA has partnered with several other organizations to allow entities to purchase carbon credits generated by working ranch grasslands. Chevrolet recently made the first big purchase, buying almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons that were created by working grasslands in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota. Landowners can choose to put their land under perpetual easement and receive compensation for the carbon credits that accumulate as a result of avoiding conversion of their grassland. This USDA initiative is part of a broader government effort to protect America’s natural resources in the face of climate change.
Learn more in this press release from the USDA: Carbon Credit Sale.