Nebraska landowners are using prescribed burns to help eliminate eastern red cedar trees from their pastures.
The Sandhills Task Force is encouraging volunteer fire departments in the region to assist in those efforts.
“It’s worthwhile for the volunteer fire departments to try to help landowners control these cedar trees, but it’s also good to learn about fire in a prescribed setting,” Shelly Kelly, program director of the Task Force. “When you truly have fire right there in front of you that you can watch, that’s when you truly learn about fire behavior.”
The organization will donate $15 per burned acre to the volunteer fire departments that help.
“If they provide two people and at least one rig, and that can be a pickup or water trailer,” Kelly says. “We do have a maximum payment of $6,000 per volunteer fire department, so we can spread (grant) awards out throughout the Sandhills.”
Last year, the Sandhills Task Force provided donations to volunteer fire departments for seven prescribed burns on more than 1,000 acres.
More information about the prescribed burn program is HERE.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:41]