Field Day: Understanding the Impacts of Fire on Your Property
This free field day includes hands-on experience with prescribed fire. Fire is a natural process in the southern Great Plains, where the landscape evolved under fire and grazing. Fire can improve wildlife habitat, reduce woody plants, remove thatch, and improve forage quality and quantity for livestock.
The most important way to safely burn is to gain experience conducting burns. This field day will be solely focused on providing you with a hands-on experience conducting a burn. If weather parameters are within fire prescription, the field day will be conducted. If parameters are not within fire prescription, the field day will be postponed until the next week.
What You Will Learn:
- How to design and implement a safe prescribed fire
- Brief overview of:
- How prescribed fire impacts wildlife and grazing lands
- Difference between growing-season burns and dormant-season burns
- How prescribed growing-season burns reduce woody plants
- Impacts of season of burn on flowering plants
- Impacts of growing season burns on forage quality
- The role and importance of prescribed burn associations
How You Will Learn:
- In-field discussion
- Hands-on demonstration, weather permitting
Who Should Attend:
- Producers who want to learn how to implement a growing-season burn to impact plant communities, wildlife and livestock.
- Technical advisers who want to learn how to implement a growing-season burn to impact plant communities, wildlife and livestock.
What You Should Bring:
- Wear cotton or fire-resistant long pants and long-sleeved shirt
- Wear leather boots
- Bring a hat and gloves
- Recommended: Wear a cotton or fire-resistant mask
- John Weir, Associate Extension Specialist Prescribed Fire, Oklahoma State University
- Laura Goodman, Range Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
- Ken Gee, Conservation Delivery Specialist, Oaks and Prairie Joint Ventures