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Prescribed Burning Certification Class Offered By Forestry Commission
web posted September 6, 2012
COLUMBIA – Land managers who conduct
outdoor burning can reduce their liability by becoming Certified
Prescribed Fire Managers. The South Carolina Forestry Commission
has scheduled three training sessions statewide:
October 24, 2012 Columbia
November 8, 2012 Walterboro
December 1, 2012 Columbia
Conducted by Forestry Commission personnel, the one-day course teaches
you how to plan prescribed burns to comply with state air quality
regulations. The regulations, called Smoke Management Guidelines,
are mandatory for all forestry, wildlife and agriculture burning in
South Carolinians conduct controlled burns on half a million acres each
year. This ancient practice has evolved into a critical modern
land management tool. Today’s land managers rely on fire to
reduce fuel load mitigating against wildfire, for wildlife habitat
management, and for agricultural or forestry site preparation.
Forestry Commission training director Leslie Woodham emphasizes that
the Certified Prescribed Fire Manger course is not a beginner’s course
in prescribed burning. “This is advanced training in smoke
management and associated legal issues,” Woodham said.
Achieving certification provides burners with limited liability
protection under state law. Requirements include passing a
written test, documenting one’s burning experience, and agreeing to
conduct all burning according to standards set forth in the SC
Prescribed Fire Act.
To register for any session, contact Leslie Woodham at (803) 896-8809
or visit www.trees.sc.gov. The cost of the course is $50.00 and
applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.
The deadline for registration is three weeks prior to each scheduled
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