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Learn and burn 2015
Local landowner hosts Longleaf Burning Demonstration Day for the SLPCP.

The Sandhills Longleaf Pine Conservation Partnership (Partnership) held its first “Learn and Burn”, March 6, 2015 as part of its “Longleaf and Lunch” education series which was started in 2011. Additional photos here.

“The Partnership has been holding educational events for landowners who are interested in longleaf,” explained Partnership Coordinator Jimmy Lisenby. “The trainings are informal, and include classroom portions and field tours.”

A key component of longleaf management is using prescribed fire, something which landowners can often be apprehensive about using.  Lisenby explained that most of the landowners in attendance had also attended prior classroom events.

“This day was geared to let attendees experience and participate in an actual controlled burn,” Lisenby said.  “We were able to work individually with each person as they carried a torch.”

Instructors at the event were from the South Carolina Forestry Commission, SC Department of Natural Resources, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Longleaf Alliance.

The event was held on at Mulberry Hill Farm in Chesterfield which allowed attendees to see the effects of recent prescribed burns, and talk to the landowners about their goals for the site.

USDA-NRCS District Conservationist Charles Babb works closely with the owners of Mulberry Hill Farm.  He related, “these landowners have broad goals for the property which include creating wildlife and pollinator habitat in addition to producing quality longleaf trees for the future. Using prescribed fire helps them manage their property to accomplish these goals.”  

Mulberry Hill Farm also maintains 25 bluebird boxes on the property in conjunction with the USDA-NRCS and the South Carolina Bluebird Society.  Prescribed fire helps to keep areas in grasses, which are areas that turkeys, quail and bluebirds spend much of their time foraging for bugs.

The field day was sponsored by local businesses: Kiker Resource Management, LLC, , Bill Ardrey Forestry and Gary R. Gilreath, Forest Management,LLC.  Partnership funding is made possible by several grants through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information, please call 843-623-2187 x3 or visit .