A two day prescribed burn school and demonstration burn will be conducted in Bee County Friday, January 25th, and Saturday, January 26th. The Friday burn school will be held at the Bee County Exposition Center and will be followed by the Coastal Bend Prescribed Burn Association’s (CBPBA) annual dinner and meeting. The school begins at 1:00 pm and will run until about 5:30. A social hour will follow immediately and the annual meeting and dinner begins at 6:00 pm.

The next day, on Saturday, January 26th, a 200 acre demonstration burn will be conducted on the Copeland ranch near Mineral. Start time and maps to the burn location will be provided at the meeting the night before. CEU credits will be available. Nature Conservancy personnel from Victoria will assist with the burn and school. CBPBA President Kirk Feuerbacher, wildlife biologist for McFaddin Enterprises, will preside. Feuerbacher is a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager with extensive burn experience, especially in South Texas and the Coastal Bend.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Charles “Butch” Taylor from Sonora, Texas. Dr. Taylor is with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and is nationally known for his work with prescribed fire. He is a member of the Texas State Burn Board and helped form the extremely successful Edwards Plateau Prescribed Burn Association. He has many interesting experiences to share.

Cost is $25 for the 2 day school and includes dinner at the annual meeting and lunch on burn day. If you attend the annual meeting and not the school the price is still $25. Member dues are due January 1 and renewing members and new members can pay at the meeting. Dues are $25 per year. You do not have to be a member to attend. Contact Larry at 361-362-0430 to make reservations or for more information.

The CBPBA is a cooperative of landowners and interested parties from twelve Texas Counties, including Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Live Oak, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria. CBPBA members share manpower and resources to help each other burn on their properties. They conduct annual burn schools throughout the Texas Coastal Bend and work to encourage the use of prescribed fire in Texas.

The Bee County Wildlife Management Association is co-sponsoring this event.

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating