SDSU Extension, in partnership with the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and others will host a two-day prescribed fire workshop tailored to private landowners April 18-19 in Brandon. An introductory workshop will take place on April 18 at the Split Rock Volunteer Fire Department and Jeff Zimprich Prairie Pasque Farm. The introductory workshop will be followed by an advanced training day on April 19 at the Prairie Pasque Farm for those who completed the first-day course (or a previous Landowner Prescribed Fire Introductory Class) and who want additional hands-on training.
Directions to classroom and field sites:
- Classroom: Split Rock Volunteer Fire Department - 7201 E. Arrowhead Pkwy, Sioux Falls, SD 57110
- Field Site: Prairie Pasque Farm - 48153 264th St., Brandon, SD 57005
- Note: Do not trust Google maps for accurate directions to the field site. To find the farm, turn east on 264th Street off of Highway 11 at Cherry Rock Gardens. Then drive a half mile east and turn south into driveway.
April 18 - Introductory Workshop
The first-day introductory workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. CDT at the Split Rock Volunteer Fire Department with an afternoon field session at the Prairie Pasque Farm. Training will focus on basic training topics related to prescribed fire on private land. Landowners will work directly with experienced fire professionals throughout the day.
- 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Registration.
- 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Classroom training (Split Rock Volunteer Fire Department). Topics include:
- Fire planning and design
- Goals, objectives, and safety
- Ecology and weather
- Burning USDA Conservation Reserve Program and other programs
- 12:00 to 12:30 pm. - Lunch (on your own)
- 12:30 to 6:30 pm. - Field training (Prairie Pasque Farm). Topics include:
- Fire break preparation
- Weather and fuel types
- Burn techniques and safety
- Personal protective/fire equipment training
- Live fire skills and burning
April 19 - Advanced Workshop
The second-day advanced workshop at Prairie Pasque Farm will cover burning on CRP land, small grasslands and tree control. It will be offered for those students who complete the day-one introductory workshop or those who previously completed a 2023 Landowner Prescribed Fire Introductory Class. Advanced days will be a full field day, where students will plan and assist in implementation of a complete prescribed burn under the direction of instructors.
All workshops are free of charge. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To pre-register, contact Jan Rounds, SDSU Extension Administrative Assistant, at email@example.com or 605-882-5140. For more information, contact Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension Natural Resources and Wildlife Field Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-882-5140.
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