Your sponsors are pleased to once again host “PRESCRIBED FIRE FOR WILDLIFE” April 24-27, 2018 at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Attendees are encouraged to register and stay onsite with meals and ‘dormitory style’ lodging provided. This training is designed to provide land managers and wildlife stewards with basic information on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fires in Florida. It includes sections addressing how ignition plans can be developed and implemented to meet specific wildlife objectives while minimizing risk. Classroom activities will be held at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. This training combines classroom lectures, panel discussions, and field exercises covering a variety of wildlife and habitats. Field exercises will be held at nearby south Florida wildlands focusing on how prescribed fire can improve and maintain valuable wildlife habitats.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 12 APRIL 2018
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
PRESCRIBED FIRE/WILDLIFE HABITAT ENHANCEMENT TECHNIQUES
1. Review and understand basic habitat management principles as they relate to fire.
2. Review standard habitat management and prescribed fire practices for selected wildlife species.
3. Prescribed fire recommendations for panther and bear in Florida.
4. Prescribed fire recommendations for quail and other small game.
5. Prescribed fire recommendations for turkey.
6. Prescribed fire recommendations for the bald eagle and red cockaded woodpecker.
7. Case studies of specific habitat management programs emphasizing prescribed fire in Florida.
IGNITION PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION
1. Review and understand fire intensity and its relationship to wildlife impacts.
2. Explore methods to regulate intensity.
3. Discuss specific ignition techniques for a variety of habitats and fire return intervals.
4. Techniques and special considerations for re establishment of short return intervals in fire deprived habitats.
5. Review specific examples of problems and solutions associated with prescribed fires for wildlife in Florida.
The event will take place at the North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy Campus. The NFREC is located just north of Interstate 10 at exit 181, at 155 Research Rd. From I-10, take Exit #181 (SR-267), and drive north approximately ¼ mile. The entrance to NFREC is on the left at Research Road. Enter through the gate and follow signs to the main building. The training will take place in the seminar room near the main entrance. This class will provide a comprehensive learning experience through lectures, panel discussions, and field exercises on local private lands. A series of presentations by experienced prescribed burners and wildlife biologists will cover fundamental topics. Panel discussions with experts will encourage information exchange based on proven practices and principles for managing Florida wildlife habitats. Field exercises will allow participants to work in small groups to begin incorporating ideas into their prescribed fire operations through effective planning.