The Academy for Ranch Management will host two rangeland burning schools in February and March at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings.
A Prescribed Rangeland Burning School will be Feb. 19-21 and the Advanced Rangeland Burning School on March 6-8, according to Ray Hinnant, an AgriLife Research senior research associate in College Station.
The February workshop will provide an overview of prescribed burning and includes information on the history of fire, weather, planning a burn, fuels and fuel moisture, and equipment.
The March training will build on the previous school, providing more information on fire behavior, fire effects, and planning and conducting a prescribed burn, Hinnant said.
The cost for each event is $395, which will include meals and lodging. In addition, Hinnant said, there will be a $45 facilities-use fee due upon arrival for each school.
The Academy for Ranch Management is a program of AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M University department of ecosystems science and management in College Station. The Sonora facilities provide a teaching laboratory for hands-on experience.
Instructors will be Hinnant; Dr. Charles “Butch” Taylor, superintendent of the research station; Dr. Mort Kothmann, Texas A&M department of ecosystems science and management professor; and Nick Garza, an AgriLife Research associate at Sonora.
Enrollment is limited, so Hinnant said participants should register early. Persons interested in attending either school should go towww.agrilife.org/arm for a registration form, and mail it and payment to Jeanne Andreski, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, 2138 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2138.
Hinnant also asked those planning to attend to send him an email email@example.com or call 979-820-1778 so he can get them on the list.
Successful completion of both courses and the exam will provide the educational component to begin application for either a private, commercial, government or not-for-profit certified prescribed burn manager through the Texas Department of Agriculture, Hinnant said.