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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-214-0065