Program to Certify Prescribed Burn Managers

By for CAES News
Fight fire with fire. That's exactly what foresters do with prescribed burning in Georgia woodlands. By burning away the undergrowth in a controlled way, they lower the risk of damaging wildfires. They also make trees grow better.

Prescribed burning managers who have been in charge of at least five prescribed burns and have two years' experience can attend a PBM certification program July 17 in Tifton, Ga.

A $35 fee covers a study manual, lunch, refreshment breaks and numbered certificates for those who pass. To sign up, contact the University of Georgia's Tifton Campus Conference Center no later than July 1.

To learn more about the program, call Neal Edmondson at (478) 751-3332 or Verna Kea at (229) 386-3416. Or go to the Web site.

Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.