The Academy for Ranch Management has scheduled two workshops in early 2008 for prescribed rangeland burning, a technique that renews vegetation by using fire to burn off unwanted brush.

A prescribed burning rangeland workshop is scheduled for Feb. 21-23, while an advanced workshop on the method is scheduled March 6-8. Both workshops will be held at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station near Sonora.

Cost for each workshop is $395 and includes meals and lodging at the Sonora station, said Ray Hinnant, senior research associate with the Experiment Station and one of the workshop instructors.

The first workshop provides basic information on prescribed burning, weather, fuels, equipment and planning. It is designed to be a prerequisite to the advanced workshop. A prescribed burn will be conducted, weather permitting, Hinnant said.

The advanced workshop provides additional information on weather and fuels with emphasis on planning and conducting a prescribed burn. A comprehensive exam is administered for those interested in completing the educational requirement for a certified prescribed burn manager.

For more information about the workshops and to register, call 979-820-1778 or 325-387-3168 or visit http://www.ranchmanagement.org.