Fire Festival Back by Popular Demand in South Carolina
By Colette DeGarady, Sewee Longleaf Conservation Cooperative Coordinator
Sewee Longleaf Conservation Cooperative hosted a second Fire Fest March 12, 2016 in Awendaw, SC. The purpose of the Fire Fest is to educate the public on the importance of controlled burning to maintain and improve our native forests, specifically longleaf pine. Families, classroom students, interested landowners and more were present to take advantage of kids’ activities, a prescribed fire demonstration, education booths, and food vendors. This year attendees saw a demonstration from the Birds of Prey Center and heard a lecture on “The History of Prescribed Fire in the Lowcountry” by Johnny Stowe of the SC Department of Natural Resources. We want to make sure people who live in neighborhoods close to naturally managed lands understand what it means to see smoke in the air and won’t be concerned about it.
Image 1: Fire demonstration at the Fire Fest in South Carolina. Photo by David Edwards.