Prescribed burn workshops scheduled for February and March in Sonora
The Academy for Ranch Management will conduct two prescribed burn workshops in 2012 at the Texas AgriLife Research Station near Sonora Feb. 16-18 and March 8-10.
The station is located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings.
The first workshop, “Prescribed Burning School,” is a basic course providing information on fire, weather, planning a burn, fuels and fuel moisture, and equipment needed for a controlled burn, according to Ray Hinnant, a Texas AgriLife Research senior research associate in College Station and a workshop presenter.
The “Advanced Prescribed Burning School” builds on the previous school and provides more information on fire behavior, fire effects and planning and coordinating a prescribed burn, Hinnant said. Successful completion of both courses and a passing grade on a comprehensive exam will provide the educational component to begin application to become either a private or commercial certified prescribed burn manager, he said.
The fee for each workshop is $395 and includes meals and on-site lodging. The basic course is a prerequisite for the advanced course. For more information call Hinnant at 979-820-1778, and to register, call Cheryl Yeager at979-845-5582 or visit http://www.ranchmanagement.org to download the registration form.
Hinnant and Dr. Charles “Butch” Taylor, superintendent of the research station at Sonora, are prescribed burning board lead instructors. Other speakers during the two courses include Dr. Mort Kothmann, department of ecosystems science and management professor, and Nick Garza, an AgriLife Research associate at Sonora.