King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host the Gus T. Canales Prescribed Burn Lectureship through Friday. The cost of the lectureship is $500 per person and it will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 219C of the Memorial Student Union Building. This lectureship provides the formal training necessary to build the participants' qualifications as a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in the state of Texas. It also counts as credit toward the Texas AgFinance Certificate Program in Advanced Ranch Management.

"Prescribed burning training teaches skills needed to be a good burn manager, focusing on a thorough understanding of fire, behavior and effects as well as risks associated with smoke and escape," said Dr. Barry Dunn, executive director of the KRIRM. "Prescribed burning offers many benefits for wildlife and range management. With a better understanding of prescribed burning, ranchers can use this tool more effectively while minimizing potential risk factors."

King Ranch Inc. will host a hands on prescribed burn as part of the field training for the lectureship, where the proper use of safety equipment and tools.

Speakers include Dr. D. Lynne Drawe, director of the Welder Wildlife Foundation; Dr. C. Wayne Hanselka, professor and extension range specialist in the department of ecosystem science and management at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; and Dr. Charles "Butch" A. Taylor, associate professor and superintendent of the Texas A&M University Research Station located between Sonora and Rock Springs.

Drawe is best known for his research on plant community ecology, prescribed burning and wildlife-livestock interactions and native rangeland plants of South Texas. He currently chairs the Texas Prescribed Burning Board, appointed by the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, which has written the rules for certification of prescribed burn managers in the state. Drawe also served as adjunct faculty at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University.

Hanselka's programs focus on a number of facets concerning rangeland management including range-livestock-wildlife relationships, forage systems and grazing interactions, prescribed burning, brush management systems, alternative forages, buffelgrass dynamics and total ranch management.

For more than 10 years, he was associate department head and extension program leader for the Rangeland Ecology and Management Extension Program Unit.

He is general manager of the La Copita Demonstration Ranch and Research Area.

Taylor's research focuses on the components of grazing management including weather, soil, vegetation, prescribed burning and ecology.