History of the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council
The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council (APFC) was started in 1997 as the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Committee by natural resource managers across the state to promote the benefits of prescribed fire to agency personnel and citizens. The first product of this committee was the Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool Workshop which is held once a year to educate state and federal agency personnel on the use and benefits of prescribed fire on the landscape. Over a decade later, participants now include non-government personnel and a few private landowners for a week’s worth of education and on-the-ground training and experience using prescribed fire in Arkansas.
The APFC decided to become a “council” in 2007 in response to a growing number of state organizations unified in the responsible re-introduction of fire across the country. Visit the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils for more information. As of February 2011, the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council was officially created as committee members ratified the bylaws and elected officers. Agencies and departments that participate on the commitee include, but are not limited to, the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC), Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA) among many others.
In addition to the Fall “Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool” Workshop, the APFC also sponsors a couple of workshops a year throughout the state tailored to private landowers who are interested in learning more about the use and benefits of prescribed fire. The Council was instrumental in creating Arkansas’s first voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines publication. The Arkansas Prescirbed Fire Network is the latest Council project, and promises to attempt to deliver accurate, current, and consistent information to all parties interested in learning more about prescribed fire and have an interest in conducting or getting prescribed fire conducted in Arkansas. New in 2010, the APFC has introduced the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Services Database website, which hopes to make it easier for Arkansas landowners to find prescribed fire service providers across the state. For more information on specific Council project dates and locations, please check out the News and Training page of this website.
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