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2012-03-08

Texas' new prescribed burn education tool

By Dee Ann Littlefield Special to the Courier

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has released a new video on YouTube, "Prescribed Fire: A historical tool with new opportunities."

The video serves as an education tool to help community officials understand the importance of prescribed fire as an economical brush management practice for the ranching community as well as a fuel mitigation practice to protect cities and communities.

"This project started as a result of severe wildfire outbreaks in Texas and several other states," said Kent Ferguson, NRCS state range management specialist. "Prescribed fire has always been used and will continue to be utilized as a tool by a select group of individuals. With this video we hope to show just how important the impacts can be to millions of the residents of the state of Texas."

He added, "We felt the need to get our partners on board and produce a product that can educate local officials on the importance of prescribed fire as an economical brush management practice for the ranching community as well as a fuel mitigation practice to protect cities and communities."

The video features narrative from Tom Boggus, Texas Forest Service director, and includes input from county commissioners, judges and attorneys as well as landowners across the state. Information is also provided by NRCS range specialists trained in prescribed burning.

"This video was a cooperative effort through a multi disciplinary partnership lead by the Texas Coalition Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI)," said Jeff Goodwin, Texas State GLCI coordinator. "Our charge was to provide outreach and education to local county officials regarding the importance of prescribed burning as a wildfire mitigation tool and a natural resource management tool for Texas landowners."

The video can be viewed online t

http://www.youtube.com/USDANRCSTexas

Copies of the DVD are available by contacting Jeff Goodwin at 257-742-9951, jeff.goodwin@tx.usda.gov or by mail at 101 South Main Street, Temple 76501.