Pheasants Forever and Nebraska Game and Parks to Host Basic Prescribed Fire Workshop in Fairbury

Learn to safely use prescribed fire to improve forage, control red cedar, and improve wildlife habitat

Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) will host a basic prescribed fire workshop at the Fairbury VFD, 3020 Industrial Ave, Fairbury, on January 10th, 2023. Workshop speakers will discuss prescribed fire benefits to land manager’s objectives and give a step-by-step breakdown of how to safely plan and implement a prescribed fire.

Fire has shaped Nebraska’s landscape for thousands of years, however during the 20th century we became very proficient in its suppression and prevention.  According to Pheasants Forever Biologist Brian Teeter, this lack of fire has resulted in negative consequences in the health of our prairies and forests which are critical to our wildlife and agricultural economy. “You don’t have to travel very far to see that the eastern red cedar is rapidly expanding and is negatively affecting our grazing lands but there is also less obvious benefits that range from improving wildlife habitat to increasing forage quality.” Teeter noted.

In recent years however, the state has seen an increase in the use of prescribed fire on private lands, something Teeter is excited to see. “We strongly believe that returning fire to our landscape is imperative and we have recognized the need for proper training and education in regards to safely implementing the practice.” Pheasants Forever along with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission arrange workshops across the state to help educate and train participants about the benefits and implementation of prescribed burning. “We put together a day long classroom training covering the basics of planning and implementing a prescribed fire for people interested in its use.” Teeter added.

The workshop in Fairbury will run from 10am to 4pm, covering topics such as firebreak preparation, equipment needs, burn plans and regulations, ignition techniques, weather, and fire behavior. A $10 fee covers all training, materials, refreshments, and a noon meal. Please pre-register to reserve a meal. Please contact Charlie Herrick at 573-544-6427 or visit www.NebraskaPF.com/prescribed-fire to register.

Also on January 10th from 6:00pm-7:30pm, a Prescribed Burn Association Formation meeting will occur at the Fairbury VFD, with free meal provided. Please call Charlie Herrick at 573-544-6427 or visit www.nebraskaPF.com/prescribed-fire to sign up free of charge. Participation in the earlier workshop not required. Please invite your neighbors.

Pheasants Forever is proud to continue to offer these workshops across the state in partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Partners For Conservation, Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council, The Nature Conservancy, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Since 2008, Pheasants Forever along with its partners have held a total of 170 workshops reaching over 4,000 people with the goal to increase our capacity, use, and public awareness of prescribed fire for wildlife, livestock, and ecosystem management.

Pheasants Forever and Nebraska Game and Parks to Host Basic Prescribed Fire Workshop in Fairbury

Learn to safely use prescribed fire to improve forage, control red cedar, and improve wildlife habitat

Fairbury, Nebraska– Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) will host a basic prescribed fire workshop at the Fairbury VFD, 3020 Industrial Ave, Fairbury, NE 68352 on January 10th, 2023. Workshop speakers will discuss prescribed fire benefits to land manager’s objectives and give a step-by-step breakdown of how to safely plan and implement a prescribed fire.

Fire has shaped Nebraska’s landscape for thousands of years, however during the 20th century we became very proficient in its suppression and prevention.  According to Pheasants Forever Biologist Brian Teeter, this lack of fire has resulted in negative consequences in the health of our prairies and forests which are critical to our wildlife and agricultural economy. “You don’t have to travel very far to see that the eastern red cedar is rapidly expanding and is negatively affecting our grazing lands but there is also less obvious benefits that range from improving wildlife habitat to increasing forage quality.” Teeter noted.

In recent years however, the state has seen an increase in the use of prescribed fire on private lands, something Teeter is excited to see. “We strongly believe that returning fire to our landscape is imperative and we have recognized the need for proper training and education in regards to safely implementing the practice.” Pheasants Forever along with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission arrange workshops across the state to help educate and train participants about the benefits and implementation of prescribed burning. “We put together a day long classroom training covering the basics of planning and implementing a prescribed fire for people interested in its use.” Teeter added.

The workshop in Fairbury will run from 10am to 4pm, covering topics such as firebreak preparation, equipment needs, burn plans and regulations, ignition techniques, weather, and fire behavior. A $10 fee covers all training, materials, refreshments, and a noon meal. Please pre-register to reserve a meal. Please contact Charlie Herrick at 573-544-6427 or visit www.NebraskaPF.com/prescribed-fire to register.

Also on January 10th from 6:00pm-7:30pm, a Prescribed Burn Association Formation meeting will occur at the Fairbury VFD, with free meal provided. Please call Charlie Herrick at 573-544-6427 or visit www.nebraskaPF.com/prescribed-fire to sign up free of charge. Participation in the earlier workshop not required. Please invite your neighbors.

Pheasants Forever is proud to continue to offer these workshops across the state in partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Partners For Conservation, Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council, The Nature Conservancy, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Since 2008, Pheasants Forever along with its partners have held a total of 170 workshops reaching over 4,000 people with the goal to increase our capacity, use, and public awareness of prescribed fire for wildlife, livestock, and ecosystem management.

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