Registration is due by Friday, Feb. 24 for two hands-on training sessions in prescribed burns.Each day, a morning indoor session will cover prescribed fire concepts, techniques, and safety.
After lunch, participants will move outdoors to learn how to properly use the equipment needed for safe and effective prescribed burning as well as ignition sequences and prescribed burn protocol.
If weather permits, at least two prescribed burns will be conducted, according to Shelly Kelly of the Sandhills Task Force.
To register, please call or text Shelly Kelly at 308-214-0065 by Friday, Feb. 24. Walk-ins are welcome, but please RSVP if you can so meal counts can be submitted.
There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided.
The goal for these events is to provide training and momentum in the Sandhills to help increase the use of safe prescribed burning to control eastern red cedars.
The first training will be held in Ericson from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Starving Stallion, 823 Highway 91. The afternoon session will be held at Cedar Creek Ranch (Joel Qualm) approximately 8 miles northwest of Ericson. Participants will be led to the location.
The second training will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MST on Wednesday, March 1. The location is 16 miles northwest of Mullen at the 4 Bar 0 Ranch (A.B. Cox and Scout Hebbert). To get there, travel north on Highway 97 out of Mullen for six miles and turn west on Calf Creek Rd.
Travel west and north for 10 miles; signs will lead you to the ranch.
Participants will be contacted if weather issues demand a date change. Bad weather dates are March 6 and 7.
The Nebraska Environmental Trust also provided funds for these events.