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Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association Duff Fire Management Workshop


Thursday, August 1, 2019

5:00-8:00 PM ET

Weymouth Center for the Arts

Southern Pines, NC 28387


Hosted by the Southern Fire Exchange in cooperation with North Carolina State Parks and Recreation and the Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association.



What is Duff and Why Does it Matter?

Duff is a soil layer made up of partly decaying material that can include needles and leaf litter, bark, pine cones, and roots. In fire-dependent ecosystems such as longleaf pine forests where fire is excluded, duff is no longer consumed by fire and accumulates. Duff accumulates most around the base of trees, particularly larger trees. When fire is reintroduced to these forests, the smoldering combustion of duff around large trees can lead to the death of those trees, often months or even years after the fire.  When applying prescribed fire in forests with substantial duff accumulation, it is crucial to take management precautions to avoid killing mature trees.


Event Summary:

Join us for a practical workshop for landowners concerned about how to best manage fire on tracts with significant duff loads. The workshop will begin with a short classroom session that will cover the science of duff and management options available for landowners. We will then head to the Boyd Tract of Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve to further discuss duff and fire management in the field. The workshop will conclude by 8:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring food if they will need it.



Event Registration:

This workshop is FREE, however due to space there are a limited number of registrations available.  Pre-registration for the workshop is required.



Workshop Details:

On the day of the event registered participants should meet at the Weymouth Center for the Arts. See this link for directions. Plan to arrive between 4:30 and 5:00 as the workshop will begin promptly at 5:00 PM and conclude by 8:00 PM.  Restroom facilities may only be available at the workshop meeting location and may not be available on the field tour. Participants should expect some off trail walking on uneven terrain that may be sandy or muddy.  Participants may encounter biting or stinging insects and snakes. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the field component may be cancelled or rescheduled to a later date.



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By participating in this activity or event, attendees grant the Southern Fire Exchange (SFE), its representatives and employees the right to take photographs, videos, and or audio recordings of me and my property without payment or any other consideration in connection with SFE affiliated events. I authorize SFE, its assigns and transferees to copyright, use, manipulate and publish the same in print and/or electronically without my notification. I agree that SFE may use such content with or without my name for any lawful non-commercial purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, education, and web content.


Contact Us:

If you have questions about this workshop, contact Laurel Kays with the Southern Fire Exchange and NC State University (

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Weymouth Center For The Arts
555 East Connecticut Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Southern Fire Exchange

The Southern Fire Exchange is a regional wildland fire science communication program and a member of the national Fire Science Exchange Network, funded by the Joint Fire Science Program. 

Representing 11 southern states, we work with numerous partners throughout the region to increase the use of available fire science, facilitate discussions about the relevance of research results and future research needs, and connect fire managers and researchers. 

We share fire science research results and information with natural resource managers, landowners, and scientists by offering a variety of resources and events: 
  • Newsletters, fact sheets, and research briefs 
  • Webinars, live and archived for viewing at anytime 
  • Workshops and field tours throughout the Southeast 

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