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Fire Adapted Cities: Prescribed Fire Use in Urban and Community Forest Management

Prescribed fire is an effective forest and range management tool used to reduce wildfire fuels, manage understory vegetation, and restore/ manage ecosystems. Despite its utility, it is less commonly utilized in urban and community forest management. This webinar will present two southern case studies that have successfully used prescribed fire within city limits. Our guest speakers are Justice Jones, Wildfire Mitigation Division Program Manager, Austin Fire Department in Austin,Texas, and Mike Wharton, Operations Administrator, Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services, in Athens, Georgia. Speakers will outline project goals, ecological objectives, critical partnerships, community outreach and education, technology and training, and lessons learned essential to the success of utilizing prescribed fire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).

CEU credits available.

This webinar is in support of the Natonal Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and the eXtension Urban Forestry and Energy Conservation Community of Practice and is sponsored by the Southern Regional Extension Forestry and the Southern Fire Exchange. Photo of prescribed fire near Athens, Georgia by Scott Collins.


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