Forestry Commission announces prescribed burning short course

The spring session of the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s Prescribed Burning Short Course is scheduled for March 6-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn Hattiesburg. The course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi.

The course is be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 6 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 and 8.

Space for the workshop is limited, and registration is required. Visit to fill out the registration form.

Upon completion of the Prescribed Burning Short Course participants will qualify to take the Mississippi Certified Prescribed Burn Manager exam on the last day of the course. Registered Foresters will earn CFE credit. In the hands of a Certified Burn Manager, prescribed burning is a safe way to apply a natural process to manage forestland. Prescribed burning is one of the most efficient and cost-effective tools available to foresters and landowners in the Southeast for understory management, fuel reduction, site preparation, wildfire risk reduction, and wildlife habitat improvement.

Mississippi has 19.8 million forested acres – 77 percent of that acreage is privately owned. The State of Mississippi benefits from forestry. Mississippi’s forestry and forest products industries have a $12.79 billion economic impact and employ almost 70,000 people. Forestry consistently ranks as the state’s second most valuable agricultural commodity, right behind the poultry industry.

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