Conservationists announce 'Prescribed Fire Awareness Week'

Conservationists announce 'Prescribed Fire Awareness Week'

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you see controlled burns occurring in the area, it's the time of the year for them. These burns clear out overgrown vegetation, and are a natural part of the life cycle.

Governor Nathan Deal is helping raise awareness about the importance of fire to healthy forests by proclaiming February 2-8, 2015, "Prescribed Fire Awareness Week."

The USDA-NRCS partners with the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  

The Governor's proclamation on prescribed burns says that the practice "is a valuable tool for protecting the forest from devastating wildfires and managing valuable wildlife species." 

The document notes that professional foresters and other land resource managers use prescribed burning for improving forest health, reducing hazardous fuels and enhancing reforestation.

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