The Kansas Prescribed Fire Council held its third annual meeting at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita on September 22. KPFC met jointly with a number of members of the Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council. Thirty-two people attended the joint session and heard a presentation from John Weir, Oklahoma State University, on the seasonal use of fire. He also presented remarks provided to him by Mark Melvin, chairman of the National Prescribed Fire Coalition. A new logo for KPFC was shown and Tim Christian, KGLC, provided an overview of the KPFC page that is found at the KGLC web site - www.kglc.org. The site has a number of useful tools for those planning to conduct a burn and new items are added regularly.
Doug Watson, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Air Quality, gave a talk on the history of the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan. The SMP is under development currently and should be approved by Region 7 EPA in early 2011.
Kay Johnson, City of Wichita, presented on the impacts of smoke on urban areas (Wichita and Kansas CIty) and their air quality concerns.
Christopher Rustay, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, offered ideas on building capacity to achieve local and regional goals set by fire cooperatives and state councils.
Elections for the Steering Committee involved Walt Fick, Kansas State University Extension being appointed to a four-year term. Jeff Scott, private contractor from Stafford, was elected to fill a vacancy created by Mark Neely, US Army. Officers for the Council for 2011-12 are Jason Hartman, KS Forest Service, chairman; Barth Crouch, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, vice-chairman; and Tim Christian, KGLC, secretary/treasurer. Other Steering Committee members include Randy Small and Brian Alexander, past chairman.
Look under the KS PFC (navigation bar on left) for 2010 meeting highlights and PowerPoint presentations.