Thursday, May 26, 2011
Landowners work together to form prescribed burn association
A group of landowners in and around Marshall County have come together to establish the Coldwater Prescribed Burn Association (CPBA).
The CPBA was developed with help from the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and the Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council. Members of the CPBA recognize the value of prescribed burning as a tool for improving wildlife habitat.
Many landowners today would use prescribed fire if it weren’t for financial limitations and liability concerns. Forming the CPBA helps landowners overcome limitations of manpower and equipment needed to conduct prescribed burns. The membership also works hard to educate others about benefits and safe application of prescribed fire. Nine members recently completed the Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Course offered by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Certified Burn managers learn to minimize liability associated with prescribed burning as stipulated in the Mississippi Prescribed Burning Act of 1992.
CPBA, the first landowner-based prescribed burn association in the Southeast, sets a great example for others. Dedicated individuals in north Mississippi have organized to elect board members, adopt bylaws, conduct their first public meeting, attain non-profit status as a 501c(3), and obtain an insurance policy. This spring the group conducted its first burns as an association.
For more information about the CPBA or about attending the next meeting on May 31, contact the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center at 662-252-1155.
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