2020 Volunteer Fire Dept Prescribed Fire Award

Sandhills Task Force is offering a Recognition Award for all Sandhills-based Volunteer Fire Departments (VFDs) for the 2020 prescribed fire season. VFDs who assist private landowners with prescribed fire to control invasive plant species, primarily eastern red cedar trees, are eligible.

Prescribed fire is a great tool that can be used to control invasive cedar trees, but some landowners feel they do not have the necessary protection to assure the fire does not escape. VFDs have equipment and volunteers that can help landowners safely conduct prescribed burns while simultaneously training VFD volunteers in the use of equipment, fire behavior, fire weather implications, and more in a non-emergency setting. Local VFDs are staffed by busy volunteers that donate large amounts of personal time in service to their communities and budgets are very tight, so the Sandhills Task Force would like to recognize those VFDs who do assist in controlling cedar tree invasion using prescribed fire. Reimbursement will be at a rate of $15 per burned acre, with a maximum payment of $3,000 per VFD to spread the awards geographically. More than one VFD may split the award. Participation is defined as providing at least one truck and two trained personnel on a prescribed fire in the sandhills. Personnel need to be actively involved.

The form below needs to be filled out and signed by the VFD Chief and mailed or emailed to the Sandhills Task Force with a copy of the approved burn plan. WRP and CRP lands are not eligible. Private lands only. Funds are not available if a contractor is hired to complete the prescribed burn. Available funds are limited. Applications will be accepted until May 30, 2020, award selections will be made at the June Sandhills Task Force board meeting, and awards will be issued in July. Only complete applications will be considered. An application does not guarantee an award. See the map below that shows area eligible for the award.

Please contact Shelly for any questions at shelly@sandhillstaskforce.org or 308-214-0065

VFD Prescribed Fire Award Application 2020

Prescribed fires must occur in the shaded area to qualify for the award

Event: Youth Range Camp


The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a dynamic curriculum that appeals to students with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife. With nearly 50 years to perfect and evolve this curriculum, every student, no matter what prior experience they have, will learn substantial information that will help them become more aware of Nebraska’s most prevalent land use. Rangelands cover nearly 50% of Nebraska and approximately 60% of the United States. These numbers convey the dominance of this land use, but recently there has been several political issues regarding the management of these rangelands which further emphasizes the reason it is imperative for us to educate the youth so we may enable them to become proficient and effective leaders in resource management as well as educated voters.

The students that attend this camp will be actively involved with lectures, field activities, hand-on experience, and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are all led by up to 20 of Nebraska’s most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers, and professionals from various agencies, colleges, and universities. Each student will be sent home with a binder that is filled with educational materials. Must be 14-18 years old. —-COME JOIN US!!

The 2018 Nebraska Youth Range Camp is tentatively scheduled for June 11 – 15, 2018 at the Halsey State 4-H Camp.

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