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Conservation in Action

Growing Season Burn & Learn Event

June 27, 2017

Participants conduct a test fire.

Over 40 landowners, community supporters (including several fire departments) and agencies (including NC Department of Environmental Quality and NC State Parks) came together to for a Growing Season Burn & Learn workshop in Moore County, North Carolina. This event was part education and part celebration of the Sandhills Area Land Trust’s Prescribed Burn Association (PBA) initiative. The PBA has become a way for landowners to be connected with the peer support, training and tools needed to accomplish their longleaf restoration goals, including prescribed burning. Terry Sharpe, a retired wildlife biologist and forester, who is a contractor and mentor for SALT, was the burn boss. Terry started with a short technical briefing about the planned burn, prescribed burning, and discussed why landowners are being encouraged to move toward growing season burns. Attendees had the opportunity to burn about 4 acres of longleaf that had not been burned for about 4 years.

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Sandhills Lily Photo by Brady Beck
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