Range Management Lectureship features speaker on non-traditional application of fire - Nov. 7

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Dr. John Weir will present the 23rd annual Kling Anderson Range Science Lectureship on Tuesday, November 7, at 3:30 p.m. in 1018 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center on K-State’s Manhattan campus. The title of Weir’s lecture is “Burning Outside the Box.” This lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served outside the lecture room starting at 3:00 p.m. Guest parking passes are available for $6.00 and can be purchased online at https://www.k-state.edu/parking/parking/visitor.html

Fire in tallgrass prairies has evolved to burning in the spring. Research has shown that burning at the time of emergence produces the greatest livestock performance and maintains dominant tall grasses. However, numerous trials have evaluated growing season burns. John Weir has been involved in much of that research in tallgrass prairie in Kansas and Oklahoma while serving as an Associate Extension Specialist at Oklahoma State University in Natural Resource Ecology and Management.

Weir has a BS from Cameron State and an MS in range science from Texas Tech. His fire experience is likely unmatched, with 1431 burns on 122,269 acres burned mostly as fire boss (1380 of 1431). Weir has taught five courses and conducted 44 fire schools and workshops. His fire expertise has been responsible for his inclusion in councils, committees, and advisory boards throughout North America, leading to his work setting fire policies throughout the US and Canada. He has shared his expertise through nearly 270 invited talks and tours nationwide. The Agronomy Department is excited for the Anderson Lecture to be presented by John Weir on the nontraditional application of fire. 

The Kling Anderson Lectureship was established to enhance training in Range and Forage Management at Kansas State University by allowing students and faculty to benefit from interaction with outstanding scholars. The lectures and seminars provided through this program also perpetuate and honor Kling L. Anderson and commemorate his many years of outstanding service to Kansas State University, the people of the State of Kansas, and the range management profession worldwide. Donations by family, friends, and associates of Kling L. Anderson have endowed the Lectureship Fund in the Kansas State University Foundation. Tax-deductible donations are encouraged. Please send your gift, specifying that it is for the Kling L. Anderson Lecture Series, to the Kansas State University Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502.



Clenton Owensby, Professor of Range Management

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