Prescribed fire is a SAFE way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health and reduce wildfire risk.

Up Coming events:


A field day  dedicated to Prescribed fire and the benefits is set for May the 20th 2016. This is going to be a good tour to attend, especially if you are a property owner in the area. To Register call: Drema Trammell at 251-847-6041 Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District (let us know if you need special accommodations)

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” As a Burner, be a good Neighbor “
Time to mark your calendars for our 2016 meeting. it will be held on September the 1st 2016, from 08:00 till 16:00. Location will be in the conference hall in the Forestry and Wildlife sciences building on the Auburn University campus, Auburn Alabama. Everyone is welcome. Details to follow.




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Success Stories

Enon-Sehoy Plantation Uses Prescribed Fire to Improve Quail and Red-cockaded Woodpecker Habitat
• Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR)
• Alabama Forest Resources Center (ALFRC)
• Auburn University (AU)
• Private Forestry and Wildlife Biology Consultants
• State Historic Preservation Organizations
• U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
• U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
Prescribed fire treatment area at Enon-Sehoy Plantation, Alabama. Credit: John Stivers.

Enon-Sehoy Plantation, located in the Alabama Upper Coastal Plains, is a recreational, quail hunting property renowned for its open-story pine trees and diverse wildlife. The 27,500 acre, privately-owned property contains widely spaced longleaf, shortleaf, loblolly, and slash pine forests (basal area of 15-60 square feet per acre) with diverse understory grasses and forbs, such as bluestem, switchgrass, and the federally endangered American chaffseed. The forests and understory vegetation support abundant wildlife, including deer, turkey, and quail, as well as the threatened Bachman’s sparrow and the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Within four years, the property’s red-cockaded woodpecker population grew from just 3 clusters to 29 potential breeding groups.

Widely spaced, or low basal area, pine forest managed for quail habitat at Enon-Sehoy Plantation, one to two seasons following prescribed fire. Credit: John Stivers.

The primary land management technique used to maintain the open canopy landscape and diverse wildlife at Enon-Sehoy is prescribed fire. Since optimizing quail habitat is the main objective for land management at Enon-Sehoy, a careful prescribed fire plan must be used to provide the food, shelter, and breeding grounds necessary for quail survival. Grasses and other understory plants regenerated by prescribed fire provide, not only vegetation, seeds, and insects necessary for quail nutrition, but also shelter from predators. This presents a challenge. Quail habitat is restored by fire, but quail are susceptible to predators without the protective cover of vegetation removed by fire. To achieve both goals of restoration and shelter, the property is burned every two years in a mosaic of 40-50 acre blocks. Burning a patchwork of smaller areas is more time-consuming but enables regeneration of important quail habit while maintaining sufficient shelter.

Prescribed fire treatment to right of road. Sehoy Plantation, Alabama. Credit: John Stivers.

Maintaining the Enon-Sehoy landscape with prescribed fire every two years has added benefits to surrounding communities. Dangerous wildland fire vegetation fuel is kept to a minimum through regular burns, thus protecting surrounding communities from wildland fire hazard. Less understory vegetation also equates to lower smoke production, a primary complaint of prescribed fire management by the public.

The plantation placed 18,000 acres in a conservation easement, which provided federal funding to assist in management of this portion of the property. In addition, Enon-Sehoy thins or clear-cuts, on average, 10,000 tons of wood per year. Forest harvests create and maintain additional quail habitat as well as generate income to continue management of the property.

Frequent prescribed fire at Enon-Sehoy has created not only a unique, treasured hunting preserve, but also a diverse habitat containing abundant wildlife and vegetation.

Prescribed fire treatment area to left of road, with unburned unit to the right of road. Enon-Sehoy Plantation, Alabama. Credit: John Stivers.
Diverse understory following prescribed fire treatment. Enon-Sehoy Plantation, Alabama. Credit: John Stivers.

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 Hot off the press !!




“The 2015 National Prescribed Fire Use Report is now available.”

Click on the link below and then click  the report which  is on the left tab



This is  late getting posted. I urge you to check the Facebook page for further info and photographs of Kent.

Richard Kent Hanby, Sr., 77, of San Angelo, Texas (formerly of Dadeville, Alabama) passed away at home on November 14, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

Born in January of 1938 to Elizabeth Kent (of Birmingham, Alabama) and Dana Thornton Hanby (of Rolla, Missouri) in Buffalo, New York, the family moved while he was an infant to St. Louis, Missouri, where his sister, Marilyn Beth Hanby (Higginbottam) was born. In 1941, he and his mother and sister moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where he spent most of his school-aged years growing up with his maternal grandparents, Margaretta Woods Kent and Herbert Stearns Kent, to whom he was very close. After graduating from Meridian High School in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1957, he served four years active duty in the United States Navy as a gunners mate technician, 2nd class from 1958 – 1961, including aboard the USS Kitty Hawk on its commissioning voyage around South America.

He attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, from 1962-1965, where he met and married his beloved wife of 52 years, Janice Louise Smith, in 1963. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Forestry Honors in 1965. Kent also completed a Master of Forestry degree from Yale University in 1971.

Kent’s forestry career spanned fifty years and many career moves, including a total of eight years working for Union Camp Corporation throughout the Southeast, 3 ½ years as a saw mill manager in Pomeroy, Ohio, and other management positions at forest product and equipment companies in Winchester, Kentucky, and Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, before he returned to Alabama in 1982, to work as state lands manager for the State of Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for over a decade. In 1993, he returned to Auburn to finish out his career working for his alma mater as Director of Student Services and instructor of Fire Management for Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Services. He retired in 2003, but continued to teach Fire Management part-time and lead Alabama Burn Manager Certification workshops for the Alabama Forestry Commission until 2014.

Over their 52 years of marriage, Kent and Janice shared in the joy of being the proud parents of two daughters, Shawn (Hanby) Kent Hayashi (of Center Valley, Pennsylvania) and Evan (Hanby) Girard (of Evanston, Illinois), and two sons, Richard Kent Hanby, Jr. (of San Angelo, Texas) and Rodolphus Kent Hanby (of Goshen, Indiana), and the adoring grandparents of nine grandchildren: Catherine Elizabeth Hanby (of Dallas, Texas); Christina Bethany Hanby (of Raleigh, North Carolina); William Brian Hagan II (Center Valley, Pennsylvania); John Kent Girard, Benjamin Michael Girard, and Mary Katherine Girard (of Evanston, Illinois); Clara Elizabeth Hanby and Martha Anne Hanby (of Goshen, Indiana); and Scarlett Kent Hanby (of San Angelo, Texas).

He is survived by his wife, his sister, his children and grandchildren, a niece and nephew, and many cousins. He will be lovingly remembered by family, friends, colleagues, and students for his adventurous spirit and love of nature, forests and fire management.A private family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of San Angelo:







Upcoming Events





Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager
2015 Training Registration

To register for available classes please visit

Details about the Alabama Forestry Commission’s Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Program may be found at Prescribed Burn Certification and Prescribe Burn Manager Re-certification.

Who should take the CPBM Certification COURSE? Any forest land owner, forester, wildlife biologist, consultant, contractor, or agency personnel who is interested in the use of prescribed wildland fire as a management tool and who is seeking certification should attend. Out of state participants are welcome.

Who should take the CPBM recertification WORKSHOP? Any current Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager who needs the required 6 CEUs every 5 years for re-certification should take the workshop.

These courses/workshops are sponsored and funded by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Due to a reduction in government grant funding a participation fee will now be charged to partially cover the cost of the training sessions.


Alabama Forestry Commission, Forest Operations Division
Attn: Marti Davis
Post Office Box 302550, Montgomery, AL 36130-2550


Subject: The long awaited Cohesive Fire Strategy website has gone live!

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that the Wildland Fire in the South ( website has gone live.  We welcome you to explore the site and provide feedback.

Mike Zupko, formerly the Southeastern Regional Chair of the Cohesive Strategyand who guided this project, wanted all the southern success stories (Models for Action-MFA) to be tagged to “actions in the southeast”…hence the name, Models for Action.  To locate these from the main page, click on one of the 5 southern values (Firefighter & Public Safety, Property Protection, Marketable Products, etc.). At the bottom half of this next Value page there will be a list of “actions”.  Click on one of the actions and success stories related to that action will be listed on the right side of the screen.

Thank you for all your contributions!

Holly Campbell

Extension Associate

Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF)

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia




2015-2016 Certified Burn Manager Certification & Recertification Courses in Alabama

Details on registration, Fee’s, etc. Will be posted within the next two weeks. In the meantime, if you have questions concerning the classes you can email the instructor at

2015-2016 Certified Burn Manager Certification & Recertification Courses in Alabama

 2015 dates & locations:

 July 20, 2015 RECERTIFICATION course, University of West Alabama (central location)

July 21-24, 2015 CERTIFICATION course, University of West Alabama (central location)

 August 10, 2015 RECERTIFICATION course, Camp McDowell (north location)

August 11-14, 2015 CERTIFICATION course, Camp McDowell (north location)

 September 14, 2015 RECERTIFICATION course, Solon Dixon Center (south location)

September 15-18, 2015 CERTIFICATION course, Solon Dixon Center (south location)

 2016 dates & locations:

 July 11, 2016, RECERTIFICATION course, Gadsden AL (north location)

July 12-15, 2016 CERTIFICATION course, Gadsden AL (north location)

 August 15, 2016, RECERTIFICATION course, AU (central location)

August 16-19, 2016 CERTIFICATION course, AU (central location)

 September 12, 2016 RECERTIFICATION course, Eufaula AL (south location)

September 13-16, 2016, CERTIFICATION course, Eufaula AL (south location)



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To place an order please follow the same instructions listed for T-Shirts. There is no shipping charge for the Bumper stickers, Cozies or Window decals. If you are just ordering the above items then send your check for the amount listed above to the address listed below. If  you are ordering the above items in addition to a T-Shirt, please enclose the $6.75 for the shipping charge, in addition to the total of the purchase.



ALPFC T-Shirts all sizes   $15.00 each plus shipping   Shipping costs Vary out of state. To Order yours, e-mail  Bob Battistella  [ ] Place “T-shirt” in the subject line.


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  1. email and specify BOTH number and sizes of shirts
  2. specify the name and mailing address in which to send the shirts
  3. make payment to “ALPFC” for the amount based on $15 per shirt and $6.75 for shipping & handling
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Mission Statement

Mission:“To protect, conserve, and expand the safe use of prescribed fire on Alabama’s fire adapted landscape.”Purpose:a. provide a focus for issues and concernsb. facilitate communication and the exchange of informationc. provide a forum where all interested parties may participated. promote a general public understanding prescribed fire and distinguishing between prescribed fire and wildland fire, e. promote safety, training, and research in the art and science of prescribed fire, f. provide a forum for discussions on prescribed fire practices, and g. promote and facilitate an increase in acres treated annually with prescribed fire.