6021 Development Drive, Suite 2, Charleston, IL 61920 info@colescountyswcd.org 217-345-3901 ext. 3

Prescribed Burn Training Workshop To Be Held November 7th

Learn about the benefits and risks of burning, the burn planning process, how a burn crew works together to safely conduct a prescribed burn, how to become a burn crew volunteer, and more. A prescribed burning demonstration will also be conducted, weather permitting.

Speakers will include Kent Macy, an IDNR Prescribed Burn Manager, Retired USDA/NRCS Biologist, and current Lincoln Heritage Pheasants Forever Burn Boss, along with Brandon Beltz who is the Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Regional Representative for our area.

Fire is a natural part of both forest and grassland ecology. Prescribed or controlled burning is a technique frequently used in forestry, farming, and prairie settings as a tool for management of natural areas and control of undesirable species. Many farm bill program contracts for field borders, pollinator habitat, and other prairie-based habitats also include prescribed burns as a mid-contract-management activity.

Location TBA soon. Check our website and Facebook page for updates. Please call (217)345-3901 ext. 3 to RSVP!

Equipment Available for Prescribed Burns

In combination with the Lincoln Heritage Chapter of Pheasants Forever, the Coles County SWCD offers equipment such as sprayers, drip torches, blowers, and Nomex fire-resistant clothing. The equipment is free to use, but a deposit is required. Please call ahead to ensure availability.

Most conservation programs require a burn plan and open burning permit to be on file prior to a controlled burn. Our staff can connect landowners with an agency or technical service provider who rights these plans. Once a burn plan is obtained, we can assist with the application for an Illinois EPA open burning permit. Give us a call at the office or stop by with any questions.