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Prescribed burn training workshop set

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Local landowners should make plans to attend a workshop set for Saturday, April 28, about prescribed burns.

Prescribed burning is a method of brush control used successfully in the Texas Hill Country. An efficient prescribed burn follows careful protocols.

The workshop will open registration at 8:30 am and adjourn at 3 pm. It will be held at Mansfield Park in Bandera. Completion of the course will earn four CEUs for individuals with a Pesticide Applicator's License (1-L&R, 1-IPM, 2-Gen). The workshop is free.

The agenda will include a welcome from Allen Robbins, president of the Hill Country Prescribed Burn Association, who will share information about the association.

At 9:15, Bandera County Fire Marshall John Stith will discuss prescribed burn requirements.

At 9:30 am, Larry Stark, USDA-NRCS Bandera Field Office, will present on the purpose, planning, prescriptions
and precautions of burning.

At 11 am attendees will break for lunch on their own. They will re-adjourn at 12:30 pm to hear Bill Armstrong, retired biologist with TPWD and Kerr WMA talk about implementing prescribed burns and associated factors.

The workshop will conclude with a presentation by County Attorney John Payne on the laws and regulations concerning county burn bans.

Sponsors of the workshop include Hill Country Prescribed Burn Association, Bandera County Commissioners Court, Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Bandera County, Bandera Soil and Water Conservation District, and Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas.

Pictured: Prescribed burns are a form of controlled pasture burning used to control brush and decrease the fuel load.