It's a hot ticket.
The Academy for Ranch Management will conduct two prescribed burn workshops in 2012 at the Texas AgriLife Research Station near Sonora Feb. 16-18 and March 8-10. The station is located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings.
The first workshop, "Prescribed Burning School," is a basic course providing information on fire, weather, planning a burn, fuel and fuel moisture, and the equipment needed for a controlled burn, according to Ray Hinnant, a Texas AgriLife Research senior research associate in College Station and a workshop presenter. The "Advanced Prescribed Burning School" builds on the previous school providing more information on fire behavior, fire effects, and planning and coordinating a prescribed burn, Hinnant says. Successful completion of both courses and a passing grade on a comprehensive exam will provide the educational component to begin application to become either a private or commercial certified prescribed burn manager, he says.
The fee for each workshop is $395 and includes meals and on-site lodging. The basic course is a prerequisite for the advanced course. The Academy for Ranch Management is associated with the Center for Grazing and Ranch Management at the department of ecosystems science and management at Texas A&M University in College Station. The Sonora facilities provide a teaching laboratory for hands-on experience, Hinnant says. The Academy's primary goal is training ranchers for effective rangeland management, and the focus now is on prescribed burning for rangelands, he notes. Prescribed burning is a tool that can be used to manage rangeland vegetation for livestock and wildlife use, and also reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires by removing hazardous fuel loads on the range.
For more information, call Hinnant at 979-820-1778, and to register call Cheryl Yeager at 979-845-5582, or you can go online to http://www.ranchmanagement.org and download the registration form.