GameKeepers Emag

Gamekeepers Winter 2015

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© soposeud Y ou know the old saying of "Where there is smoke there's fire?" Landowners and land managers are constantly looking for ways to be more effective when using controlled burns, and some new ideas are com- ing of age to make that happen. Statewide fire councils that once faltered are now blossoming, and prescribed burning associations or co-ops are likely the next implementation of that movement. When it comes to prescribed fire it often seems like the deck is stacked against the process with multiple categories of burn days, smoke management concerns and wet weather to contend with. The end result is that the managers with the most prescribed fire experience are conducting the majority of the burning, with the only way left to expand the total acreage under a regime of fire is to get others involved. Since most of our country's wildlife habitat is pri- vately owned, it makes the most sense to help private landowners to become proficient in the process. Always keep an eye out for educational time in the field that can benefit your management objectives as it concerns prescribed fire. The "Longleaf Alliance" is based in Ala- bama, but they recently held their first Fire and Longleaf Academy in the South Carolina Lowcountry. A short time later the S.C. Prescribed Fire Council met with a record

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