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Noble Offers Land Owners Opportunity to Learn About Prescribed Burning at Great Plains Fire Summit

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 10:48:26 CDT

Noble Offers Land Owners Opportunity to Learn About Prescribed Burning at Great Plains Fire Summit Our native ecosystem in the Southern Great Plains evolved with the impacts of fire. To the soils, plants and animals that comprise our native ecosystem, fire is as natural as sunshine and rain.

No Fire, More Problems

Fire suppression over the past century or so is causing many negative impacts. The spread of eastern red cedar is nothing more than a “green dust bowl” engulfing many areas of the Southern Great Plains. Fire suppression has also reduced habitat for numerous wildlife species, especially prairie-obligate and pollinator species. It has reduced livestock forage production and watershed quality, and it has degraded human health due to increased pollen activity and increased wildfire threats. One needs to look no farther than western Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas for examples of tragic wildfires over the last few years. Additionally, with the absence of fire over time, native plant structure and diversity becomes unsuitable for supporting numerous wildlife species and livestock.

Despite the fact that fire is integral to our native ecosystem, it is not readily used across the majority of the Southern Great Plains. Fear of liability and lack of education, training and equipment prevents most landowners from applying fire to their property. The need for more fire is an issue that should take priority across the Southern Great Plains in order to bring benefits not only to landowners but also to our native ecosystem, which benefits all citizens.

Join Industry Professionals at the Great Plains Fire Summit Oct. 1-3

The Noble Research Institute, Oklahoma State University and the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute are partnering to bring the 2nd Biennial Great Plains Fire Summit to Ardmore, Oklahoma, on Oct. 1-3, 2018. The purpose of the Summit is to promote the use of prescribed fire by creating an opportunity for landowners, agencies and nongovernmental organizations to network and discuss the benefits and effectiveness of prescribed burning for the sustainability of our plant, livestock and wildlife resources.

The opening plenary session of noted speakers will set the stage for breakout sessions that will cover prescribed fire prescriptions, planning, smoke management, wildlife impacts and livestock production. You will have the opportunity to see an equipment demonstration during the social on the first evening and to tour Edgerock Ranch in the Arbuckle Mountains on the second day. At Edgerock Ranch, you will learn how fire is being used to improve the land for livestock and wildlife.

Mark your calendar now in order to make plans to attend this important and informative event.

Summit Registration Cost:

Producer: $50

Professional: $100

Find out more about the Great Plains Fire Summit, by clicking here.

Source - Noble Research Institute



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