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Workshop to Spotlight Prescribed Burns on Private Lands

MARIPOSA — Do you have dead, dying or excess vegetation on your property? Would you like to protect your property from catastrophic wildfire?

UCCE Mariposa is hosting a ‘Prescribed Fire on Private Lands’ workshop on March 19 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at McCay Hall in Catheys Valley.

Utilized properly, prescribed fire can be used to improve the health and resiliency of both forest and rangeland, control weeds, increase species diversity, promote native species and reduce the smoke impact of wildfire. And whether you live in a mixed conifer forest, oak woodland, chaparral or grassland habitat, returning prescribed fire to California can be part of a well-managed property.

Topics covered at the workshop will include fire ecology, vegetation management, establishing a prescribed burn association, and setting up a prescribed burn on private lands (options, planning, permitting, etc.).

Following the day-long workshop, participants can also join a field day at a cultural burn in Mariposa County on March 20, 21 or 22.

The cost for the workshop is $35 — and $20 for the field day.

Registration is required for both days and includes lunch, refreshments and informational packets.

Please register at http://cemariposa.ucanr.edu or by calling 209-966-2417.

The University of California’s 64 Cooperative Extension (UCCE) offices are local problem-solving centers, serving as a bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. UCCE’s county-based staff is part of the community – and live and work in the areas they serve.

UCCE’s more than 300 campus-based specialists and county-based farm, home and youth advisors work as teams to bring practical, unbiased, science-based answers to solve problems across California.

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