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Prescribed fire awareness week

Gov. Deal designates the first week as Prescribed Fire Awareness Week for Georgia. Deal wants this to be recognized annually in recognition of land managers who uphold and protect the state's forest resources.

Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health and reduce wildfire risk. Gov. Deal is expected to sign the 2011 proclamation on Monday, February, 7.

 

Here is the full press release from the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council

 ALBANY, GA - Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health and reduce wildfire risk. Healthy forests provide clean air and water, and diverse wildlife populations for Georgia's residents and visitors.

Governor Nathan Deal has designated by official proclamation the first week in February to be observed annually as Prescribed Fire Awareness Week for Georgia in recognition of land managers who protect and maintain the state's forest resources.

In 2011, this will be February 6-12. Governor Deal will sign the 2011 proclamation on Monday, February, 7 at 10:00 AM in his office.  The Governor will be joined by members of the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council (GAPFC).

The Fire Council works with Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) and other cooperators to encourage the exchange of information, techniques and experience among practitioners of prescribed burning in Georgia.

GAPFC advocates prescribed burning as one of the most environmentally and economically feasible methods for managing the state's valuable forest resources. Professional foresters and other land managers throughout the state use prescribed burning for reforestation, aesthetics, and forest access. 

As a land management tool, prescribed fire is essential for managing wildlife species such as bobwhite quail, eastern wild turkey, white-tailed deer, many songbirds, the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and many other fire-dependent species.

Prescribed burning is the only known forest management method which perpetuates the longleaf/wiregrass ecosystem, Georgia's most diverse flora and fauna ecosystem. For more information about GAPFC visit our website at www.garxfire.com.

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