Loess Hills Alliance to offer Landowner Burn Workshop

Posted April 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

The Loess Hills Alliance and partners will host a Landowner Fire Ecology Workshop on this Saturday, April 26.

Landowners and volunteer Firefighters are invited to attend this one-day training session.

The workshop is intended to teach and demonstrate the principles of conducting safe and effective prescribed burns for the purpose of restoring native grasslands and bur oak savanna in the Loess Hills.

The morning session is filled with classroom instruction on fire ecology, fire weather, fire behavior, and planning and conducting prescribed fire.

The afternoon will consist of an ignitions exercise and a demonstration burn.

Additionally, instructors will be available for one-on-one interaction so that participants may seek specific guidance for their own property.

The workshop will be conducted on Saturday, at Broken Kettle Grasslands.

Participants are asked to arrive by 8:00 a.m. and wear natural fiber clothing (i.e. cotton or wool), long sleeves, leather boots, and leather gloves.

Participants must bring their own lunch and drinking water and be prepared to work in the field.

In the event that weather does not permit the afternoon burn, students are asked to bring aerial photos of their property so they can discuss fire techniques specific to their property with the instructors.

Broken Kettle Grasslands is located at 24764 Highway 12, Westfield, IA. For additional information and registration contact Amy Crouch at 712-229-5082 or acrouch@tnc.org. Registration deadline is April 24 and is required for participation.

Loess Hills Alliance

The Loess Hills Alliance mission is to protect the special natural and cultural resources while ensuring the economic viability and private property rights of the region through the creation of a common vision for Iowa’s Loess Hills.

Formed in 1999 by the Iowa legislature, the Loess Hills Alliance has been protecting land in the Loess Hills and offering programs to help landowners with conservation of their land.

The organization encourages tourism and residency in the Loess Hills, which supports small local businesses and agribusinesses in the region.

More information about the Loess Hills Alliance can be found at www.loesshillsalliance.com.

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