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Prescribed fire workshop to be held at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center
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Pheasants Forever, in conjunction with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and K-State Research and Extension, is hosting a prescribed fire workshop focusing on reasons to burn CRP and rangeland, weather conditions for safe burning, ways to reduce the risk fire escapes. The workshop will be held at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center northeast of Great Bend on Highway 156 on Thursday, Feb. 13th. The Barton County conservation District has donated funds to cover registration costs for the first 20 landowners or operators who would like to attend this event—making it free to attend. Agency staff and others attending will be asked to provide a $5 registration fee to cover the cost of informational materials that they will receive to take home.   
Check in for the workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. and presentations will start at 10 a.m. The training will last approximately three to four hours, and lunch will be provided—courtesy of the Rice County Conservation District and Pheasants Forever. Presentations will cover reasons to burn and prescribed burning’s effect on wildlife, safe weather in which to conduct a burn, a preview of 2014 fire forecasts by the National Weather Service, burning equipment, regulations, liability issues, and more. The workshop will also offer participants a chance to discuss the best ways to burn their properties with trained burn planning professionals.
To register or request more information, contact Zac Eddy at (620)338-7132 or RSVP on, or before, Tuesday, Feb. 11 so meals can be planned, and be sure to give information of any special accommodations that you will require. The workshop will take place in the auditorium of the KS Wetlands Education Center at 592 Northeast K-156 Highway, Great Bend.
Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail, and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs. There are more than 600 Pheasants Forever chapters across the U.S. and Canada, accounting for over 120,000 current members, and more than 100 Quail Forever chapters in the U.S. accounting for over 6,000 members.  Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members are a diversified group of hunters, non-hunters, farmers, ranchers, landowners, conservation enthusiasts, and wildlife officials. The organization is for those who want to make a difference for wildlife by creating habitat, restoring wetlands, and protecting prairies.
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