Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association
Prescribed burns are a crucial management tool for maintaining healthy grassland ecosystems in the Great Plains. These controlled burns are used to mimic natural wildfires that were once common in these areas. Fire promotes the growth of native grasses and forbs while also reducing spread of invasive plant species such as the Easter Red Cedar. The Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association focuses on combatting cedar tree encroachment by implementing safe and successful prescribed burns on land along the Missouri River in south-central South Dakota.
UPDATE: MMRPBA sets new policy deadline for completing fire breaks
Hard deadline of March 1 in effect for 2023 burns
Due to the very small window to get prescribed burns done in the spring and fall, the MMRPBA is implementing a new policy on firebreaks for planned burns effective in 2023. A soft deadline of February 1 and a hard deadline of March 1 has been set that all firebreaks must be complete on burn units planned for that year. If firebreaks are not complete, that burn unit will go to the end of the burn list.
It's imperative that landowners have their firebreaks complete and burn units ready to go. Due to unpredictable weather conditions in the spring, the conditions for a burn may meet the prescription with very short notice. Having those firebreaks ready to go will ensure the best chances to complete the burn. If you have any questions on your firebreaks please contact Sean Kelly or any other MMRPBA board member. Thank you for your cooperation.
Fire Break Preparation
Live Eastern Red Cedar trees- There must be a minimum of a 150’ wide swath on the internal part of the burn unit (from fire line into the unit) that is free of cedar trees along the entire perimeter of the burn unit. Requiring a 300’ distance, if possible, on the downwind side of the burn unit.
Cutting and Stuffing cedar trees- Cutting and stuffing must not be done within 300’ of the fire line, inside or out.
Red Slash piles- All slash piles must be a least 300’ inside the burn unit, or 200’ outside the unit. Branches and single trees must be at least 100’ from the perimeter of the burn unit, inside or out.
Standing dead cedar trees- All “red” standing dead trees (with dead scales) within 200’ of the burn line, inside or out, must be removed.
Tree mulching near fire line- Trees must not be mulched within 50’ of the fire line, inside or out. Small cedars can be mulched beyond 50’ of the fire line, any cedars above 3’ should be removed to meet the 150’ wide swath requirement.
Mow line- A minimum distance of 20’ mow line with mowed grass thrown to the outside away from standing fuel load to be burned, or swathed and baled.
Woody Plant Control Extension Range Field Specialist announcement (temporary 5-year) https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/postings/34776
SDSU Extension is offering a temporary 5-year Extension Range Field Specialist I position. We are looking for creative and self-motivated professionals who will provide leadership to the development and dissemination of research-based programming and resources in support of grassland management with programming focus on prescribed fire and mechanical methods for woody plant control. This is a highly collaborative effort between SDSU Extension, USDA-NRCS, and the Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association. This is 12 month, full-time, benefit-eligible 5-year position based at the Mitchell Regional Extension Center. This position is supervised by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader with SDSU Extension.