Flint Hills Burn Workshop
The role of fire has come full circle in managing the grasslands of the great plains. Wildfires occurred naturally before the settlers arrived. As settlements grew and the rangeland was plowed and fenced, the wildfires became smaller and less frequent. Research and experience has shown that when properly applied, fire can benefit not only the grassland but also the animals that graze it. With the benefits fire can provide also come dangers. Many dangers can be minimized by careful planning weeks or months in advance. A plan for burning should outline weather conditions, manpower, equipment, and other needs as well as how to conduct the burn. And now is a great time to create your plan!
Prescribed burning workshops are conducted across the state of Kansas every year. Many different associations and agents work together to bring information to landowners. Some of those organizations include K-State Research and Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservations Services, Kansas Forestry Services, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, National Weather Services, as well as local emergency management and fire officials.
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