In this second of a four-part series, you will learn the importance of the fuel component in prescribed fire.
A common science experiment in grade school is to light a candle, place a glass jar over the candle, and watch the flame go out as the oxygen is consumed. This demonstrates the fire triangle of heat, oxygen, and fuel (Figure 1). A prescribed fire is a working example of the principles of the fire triangle.
Golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea), planted as an ornamental and historically for use as fishing poles, is a familiar sight spreading around old homestead[...]
The Alabama Invasive Plant Council, working with ACES personnel, recently received a small grant from the US Forest Service to help with invasive plant control and outreach at Lagoon Park in Mont[...]
A recent news article brings to light a growing trend coyote management. Once creatures associated with rural areas and agriculture, t[...]
The commercial interest in and use of UAV’s (drones) in forestry and wildlife management is growing. Like any new technology the workplace safety implications of these devices include some unknowns. The publication on the link outlines some of the operational and safety issues in commercial use in construction. The points in the article may help UAV users develop safety program components for controlling UAV safety hazards.
When it comes to natural resource management in Alabama, we have A LOT of great people doing A LOT of great things. And I'm not talking about all the skilled professionals in our natural resource agencies and non-governmental org[...]
It began again this past weekend. Like clockwork, in the middle of the night, before the rays of sunlight early Saturday morning, I heard a plunk on our roof. This is a sound I know well. My wife and I have been living in our little mountain cabin for over ten years now. I've[...]
If you would like to improve the overall health of your wildlife, along with your chances to see and harvest deer and turkey, you should plan now to establish cool-season food plots. [...]
There are two groups of landowners in Alabama….those who have wild pigs, and those who are about to have wild pigs. If you're in the first group, landowners currently dealing with wild pigs, you know already know just how destructive they can be and how difficult it is to [...]
Tropical soda apple (TSA) was nearly eradicated across the state during a recent federally funded eradication program. However, with termination of program funding, reports of this non-native invasive species are on the rise. [...]
The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource for planning
outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day.
Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your
location, as well as occupational safety and hea[...]
On May 19-20th, volunteers and supporters of Alabama Water Watch gathered at the Living River Retreat on the Cahaba near Montevallo to recognize this milestone year of AWW. Please take a moment to check out some of the highlights from[...]
Over the last week, I have received a couple of calls about using our native king snakes as a control method for venomous snakes, such as copperheads. King snakes do hunt and eat many species of snakes, including venomous ones. This is called "ophi[...]
With springtime's warm weather, you're not the only thing wanting to dig in your yard, flower beds and vegetable gardens. The eastern mole becomes active in the warmer, wet weather, burrowing through yards and gardens in search of grubs, beetles, insect larvae and earthworms. It's a common misconception that moles feed on roots and bulbs, however they are mostly carnivorous. Moles are often blamed for plant d[...]
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