Thursday, March 28, 2013

Student receives training grant

I am proud to announce that Nick Goforth received a Bob Berry Grant from the Western Bat Working Group for a bat acoustic software and monitoring training class in Santa Fe, New Mexico next week.  Nick's research focuses on how bat activity is impacted by fire severity, and he will be working in the perimeter of the 2011 Las Conchas fire answering such questions this summer.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

RX Burn at Matador WMA

Its prescribed fire season in the Texas Panhandle!

I assisted on a prescribed burn at the Matador WMA this month.  This was my first Texas prescribed fire, and the effects were interesting to observe.  We burned in 16% RH and 20 mph winds on a clear day and still had difficulty maximizing fire spread.  The drought and grazing have both really taken their toll on this ecosystem.

Jeff Hill, president of the Texas Tech Student Association for Fire Ecology, also helped out.  This was the first training opportunity that our newly minted FFT2s had received.

We burned around 450 acres of shrub and mixed grass prairie over three days.  Below are a few photos:

SAFE Club President, Jeff Hill

TPWD State Fire Coordinator, Seth Pearson