Ranch owners and managers interested in learning about prescribed burning are invited to an Academy for Ranch Management workshop Aug. 2-4 at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station at Sonora.

“The workshop is designed to teach fire characteristics, how to plan and carry out a prescribed burn, habitat manipulation, and post-burn management,” said Ray Hinnant, one of the workshop instructors.

“This workshop can be taken alone to learn the basics of prescribed burning or used as a prerequisite for an advanced prescribed burning workshop that can satisfy the educational component for the Certified Prescribed Burn Manager,” Hinnant said.

The Academy for Ranch Management has trained more than 120 individuals in prescribed burning, and more than 30 who have passed the educational component of the Certified Prescribed Burn Manager, Hinnant said.

“Participants will be able to see the results of different prescribed burns at the station that have been conducted for over 20 years,” he said.

Attendees will develop a burning plan and participate in a practice burn. To assist them when they return to their ranches, participants will receive the “Burn Boss” handbook that has space for contact information, a check sheet to make sure they are prepared for the burn, tables to assist in estimating fire behavior, and a journal for several burns, Hinnant said.

Individuals are encouraged to register early for the workshop, Hinnant said.

Cost is $395, which includes lodging and meals. For more information about registration or directions to the station, contact Hinnant at 979-776-0693 or ranchmanagement@yahoo.com .

More information on the Academy for Ranch Management can be found on the Web at www.ranchmanagement.org.