**SFE Webinar: Potential Applications of Prescribed Burn Associations for Family Forest Landowners**
A Southern Fire Exchange fire science webinar with Nick Biemiller, Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society.
Host Institutions: Southern Fire Exchange, Ruffed Grouse Society – American Woodcock Society, Southeastern Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS), Joint Fire Science Program, and the University of Florida.
Prescribed burn associations (PBAs) are cooperative units of private landowners that pool resources to achieve scale that allows them to overcome barriers to prescribed burning. PBAs are currently most common among ranchers in the Great Plains to manage grasslands, however there is growing interest in the replication of PBAs to the application of family forest landowners in the eastern and western United States. This study identified major structural themes associated with PBAs in the United States and analyzed interactions between those themes using a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis framework. The interactions between PBA structural themes were contextualized based on biophysical, socioeconomic, and demographic differences between ranchers in the Midwest and family forest landowners elsewhere in the country, providing insight for practitioners and policy-makers to improve strategic planning for PBA expansion and replication.
Originally recorded March 2021.
David R. Godwin, Southern Fire Exchange, University of Florida.
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Download the webinar presentation slides here (pdf): Coming Soon
Music: Ben Sound – Going Higher. Available at http://www.bensound.com.
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