Category Archives: Prescribed Burning

Why I Burn – Wesley Evans, Regional Fire Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.

This November we are featuring Wesley Evans, Regional Fire Coordinator for Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Wesley is based out of Mason, Texas and I have never met a more dedicated and caring individual for the stewardship of prescribed fire.  Wesley is super cool and he has my #1 favorite quality in prescribed burning practitioner – HE GET’S IT!  Meet one of my favorite TPW people, Wesley Evans… How did you get introduced to fire? I more or less lucked into fire. After graduating college, I didn’t have much… Read More →

Jimmie Powell – Thee Man

Mr. James L. Powell accepted the Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor in Midland last week and some of the greatest stories of West Texas were shared. I first met Mr. Powell on a prescribed burn south of San Angelo and the man is just cool.  He is humble, gracious, hard-working, not to mention, a legend. He even has his own chapter in the Texas Cattle Barons book.  But in my book, he is right up there with John Wayne and other cowboy heroes.  The following is… Read More →

Why I Burn.

This October we are featuring Mr. Jeff Goodwin, Range and Pasture Consultant Agricultural Division with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, OK.  Jeff is a Texas man, but more importantly he is a fire man who promotes the responsible and practical use of fire on rangelands. How did you get introduced to fire?  I got introduced to fire as an undergraduate at Tarleton State University’s Range and Ranch Management program. After graduate school, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Bill Pinchak and Dr. Jim Ansley… Read More →

Why I Ranch.

This October we are featuring Mr. James K. Rooter Brite, Jr. from Bowie, Texas.  Rooter is a father, rancher, conservationist, and my friend. The Brite Ranch has been a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) for Rooter’s entire life. He has been a director of the TSCRA since 1999, and has served on their Agriculture and Research and Natural Resources and Environmental committees since 1994. He has served as a director of the Upper-Elm Red Soil and Water Conservation District since 1979. He has… Read More →

Why I Burn.

Do you have any idea how blessed we are to have such incredible mentors of prescribed burning?  I believe what makes a good burner is one that never stops learning and always learns from every fire, every experience, every time.  I decided to showcase prescribed burn practitioners who are just AWESOME at what they do.  I have found that the best guys to burn with are the ones who do not care about the glory or the attention.  “Why I Burn” will showcase a prescribed burn practitioner who… Read More →

More than just wildfire

Today, as the grass grows, the days get warmer, and we begin summer my mind drifts to what is to come.  I promise I am not a negative or pessimistic person. However, I do believe that we as land stewards, managers of all things range, we have an obligation to be proactive in what is sure to be an impressive fire year.  Three years ago on June 28th, the Yarnell Hill Fire wreaked havoc and heartache on the west side of highway 89 in Arizona.  Fast-forward to June 8th,… Read More →

Dormant Season Burns Paired with Abundant Spring Rainfall – Did you Do that?

If you were one of the lucky landowners that burned during early/late winter, I am sure you are pleasantly pleased with the post-fire results you are seeing from these spring/early summer rains! The opportunities that fire reveals are not only inspiring, but make for gorgeous and productive rangelands! Hats off to you landowners that light the match out of faith and reap the blessings and bounty soon after!

Fire Appreciation Day

A HUGE thank you to Dr. Dale Rollins for organizing Fire Appreciation Day at the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch on May 24th!  We had over 80 participants and a healthy mix of stakeholders, agencies, and Prescribed Burn Association members!  Thank you to Dr. Robin Verble-Pearson, Zac Wilcox, Lloyd LaCoste, Matt McEwen, Mark Moon, Chris Ellis, Kent Mills, Barrett Koennecke, Brad Kubecka, Seth Pearson, Ethan McJames and all the other others who helped put this show on!  Thank you for your support in prescribed burning! Click here for more information… Read More →

Strike First with Prescribed Fire

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in Fire Appreciation Day at the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch (blog post coming soon on that!) organized by Dr. Dale Rollins.  What a fantastic way to celebrate and learn more about fire effects!  You will find summaries and abstracts of the day’s events under the tab Resources.  I was blown away by the numerous stakeholders we were able to bring together, County Judges, Commercial and Insured Prescribed Burn Managers, producers, Prescribed Burn Associations, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

100 Years at Sonora

In case you haven’t heard, Sonora is having a party! Well, technically, Field Day first and party afterwards.  Dr. Butch Taylor has decided to retire and go out with a bang at the Sonora Celebration. This Saturday we celebrate one individual and one Experiment Station that have been inseparable for 44 years.  One man.  One Career.  One location.  Pretty amazing and definitely not something you see everyday.  The Sonora Experiment Station is a magical place to start with.  This is probably the only place in the United States… Read More →