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SFE Webinar: Fire-Ties that Bind - The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Controlled Burning in the Southland
Fire-Ties that Bind: The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Controlled Burning in the Southland & the Rekindling of Global Fire Culture

A free one hour webinar from the South Carolina DNR, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture, the Southern Fire Exchange and University of Florida.

1 SAF CFE Credit Approved.

Johnny Stowe, South Carolina DNR

Webinar Description: All across North America, and beyond, people are gathering to Share the Flame. Resilient embers have been re-kindled, passionately nurtured in the deep-time crucible of people and fire that has warmed our hearts and hearths for scores of thousands of millennia. Twenty-five years ago, the phenomenon of wildland fire-lighting in North America was barely flickering in scattered spots. Today, an intense, intergenerational, pandisciplinary pyronexus forged in the natural and multicultural heritage of people embedded in fire-loving landscapes is being restored and is thriving in a wide and deeply-rooting range of programs, policies and on-the-ground practices. Lighting up the landscape, under prescription, is an accelerating, transcontinental, cultural phenomenon centering on the shared pride of people connected to special places through a uniquely satisfying, primordial practice. Fire-lighting binds people together as it promotes and gives resilience to ecological integrity, economic health and public safety. Fire-wonder is increasingly expressed through prescribed fire tales, poems and paintings, and it resonates in rituals, ceremonies, pyrotourism and other gatherings. Our cultural spot fires have pulled together, and they are creating their own winds and fuels. The fire-lighting pyroparadigm of North America -- once nearly extinguished by decades of pathological, command-and-control, anti-fire propaganda, pogroms and policy -- has been taken back, and we’ll let no one, ever again, wrest it away.

Questions? Contact Us: contactus@southernfireexchange.org

Sep 22, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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