Making a Difference 2013 – 2014 Natural Resources and Environmental Management Program Focus Team Grand Challenges K-State Research and Extension: providing education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. Carol Blocksome Range Specialist 785-532-0416 [email protected] Walt Fick Range Specialist 785-532-7223 [email protected] Joint-Agency Burn Workshops Situation Prescribed burning is a recommended practice to maintain grassland productivity and reduce encroachment of woody plants. Safety and smoke management guidelines are additional concerns. Coordinating workshops with other agency partners ensures that producers hear the same message, whether they are doing Conservation Reserve Program maintenance burns or grazing land treatments. What We Did K-State Research and Extension range management specialists and agents take the lead each year to organize prescribed burning workshops. They work with representatives from the National Weather Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kansas Forest Service, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Seven workshops were held in central and eastern Kansas during January and February of 2014, attracting a total 237 participants. Topics presented at the workshops included current regulations, liability, equipment needs, planning, and conducting the burn. Outcomes Surveys were distributed at three of the workshops, with 67 responses collected. Results indicated that 99 percent of respondents felt more confident conducting a prescribed burn after attending the workshop. The majority (58 percent) indicated they planned to conduct a burn on their property later in the year. Specific learning outcomes reported included: • Participants know where to look up daily temperature and humidity forecasts and current conditions. • There is no set best time to burn. • There are different reasons for prescribed burns. Success Story Participants responded: “I learned more about preparation of burn plans and the recommended compositions of teams to manage controlled burns.” “Prescribed fire can be a win-win situation and is something to be encouraged.” – Anthony Ruiz Workshop participants use a model to plan a controlled burn. Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.