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PC Ranger to discuss controlled burns at FENCE

A previous prescribed burn held in Polk County. (photo submitted by Carrie Knox)

A previous prescribed burn held in Polk County. (photo submitted by Carrie Knox)

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) will host an information meeting on the North Carolina Forest Service Prescribed Burning Program at the FENCE Center on Aug. 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This event is open to everyone. If you are curious about how to use prescribed burning for your land management goals or you would like to know how FENCE is using prescribed burns, plan to come and learn.

North Carolina Forest Service Polk County Ranger Brian Rogers will speak about the benefits of prescribed burning and answer any questions about the upcoming FENCE prescribed burn.

“The NC Forest Service uses prescribed burning to assist in timber management, reduce the risk of wildfires, improve wildlife habitat and to prepare areas for tree planting,” Rogers says. “It is a great tool for land management.”

Rogers has been with the NC Forest Service for more than six years. He is a graduate of Haywood Community College where he majored in forestry and fish/wildlife management.

The FENCE Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Rd. in Tryon.

FENCE is a non-profit dedicated to providing facilities and focus for education, recreation and preservation in nature studies and equestrian activities with the aim of enhancing these endeavors to enrich the quality of life for the community.

For more information about the prescribed burn meeting and other FENCE events, call FENCE at 828-859-9021 or www.fence.org. This community meeting is one of many events supported by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF). For more information about the PCCF, call 828-859-5314.

– article submitted by Carrie Knox