Burn Boss Shan Cammack to Speak, Wed. Oct. 30

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Shan Cammack, fire ecologist and “burn boss” with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Non-game Conservation Section, will be speaking to the BY 302 Ecology class Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the Science Building, room 20. All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to pass the word to potentially interested parties. 

Cammack protects and monitors Georgia’s rare species and preserves their habitat. Her presentation will cover biodiversity and ecosystem management via the use of prescribed burning. Cammack received her master’s degree in botany from the University of Georgia and serves as an excellent model for women wishing to work in science. The presentation will last about 40 minutes followed by an additional 15-20 minutes for questions.

[caption id=”attachment_2325″ align=”alignright” width=”240″]Brenau senior Jordan Wallace observes the controlled burn at Reed Branch Wet Meadow Brenau senior Jordan Wallace observes the controlled burn at Reed Branch Wet Meadow[/caption]

This past week BY 302 Ecology took an extra-curricular adventure to the prescribed burn at Reed Branch Wet Meadow. Senior student Jordan Wallace and advising coordinator Kelly Spain met with the crews from The Nature Conservancy and Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources, Cammack included, to observe the controlled burn of the meadow. Reedy Branch is one of the last remaining mountain seepage bogs in Georgia and is home to the federally-listed endangered Sarracenia oreophila, the Green Pitcher Plant. Prescribed burning preserves the habitat by knocking down woody plants, like trees, that would otherwise shade out the pitcher plants and eventually turn the meadow into a wet forest.