Annual Meetings

Due to effects from Hurricane Ian, the 2022 Central Florida PFC Meeting Has Been Rescheduled to December 16, 2022

If you have already registered and plan to attend the rescheduled event, you do not need to re-register. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, please cancel your registration on Eventbrite.
To cancel, go to Eventbrite and click on “Tickets” by using the drop down arrow near your username in the top righthand corner of the page. Click on the CFL PFC event and then “Cancel Order”

This year the Central Florida Prescribed Fire Council will offer a hybrid meeting format held in person at the Osceola Heritage Park and virtually on Zoom to accommodate folks able to join in person as well as those who prefer to join virtually.
The virtual meeting option is co-hosted with the Southern Fire Exchange.

Register on Eventbrite Here

Both in-person and virtual registration is free!

As in the past, the in-person meeting will be held at the Osceola Heritage Park:
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744

To allow more social distancing within the meeting venue we are capping in person attendance at 150 people.

Remember to bring cash for the opportunity to purchase CFPFC T-shirts and stickers of all sizes as well as to enter the raffle. We have some exciting raffle prizes in store!

🔥 9:00-9:15 am Welcome, Logistics, Sponsor Acknowledgments , Fundraising Announcement and Raffle
Sammy McGee, CFPFC Chairperson and Brent Saulsbury, CFPFC Steering Committee
🔥 9:15-9:45 am NRCS Financial Assistance and Easement Programs
Chuck O’Rourke , District Conservationist Natural Resources Conservation Service
🔥 9:45-10:25 am Bunchgrass Ecology in Southeastern Pine Savannas
Dr. Rae Crandall , Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology , University of Florida
🔥 10:25-10:55 am Fire Insurance for Private/Non profit Entities
Hinson Arwood, Vice President of Sales, J. Smith Lanier and Co.
🔥 10:55-11:15 am Raffle Drawing, Coffee Snack Break, and Sponsor Videos
Evan Hall, CFPFC Steering Committee
🔥 11:15-11:45 am Burning on Yarborough Ranch, The Stories I’ve Heard
JK Yarborough, UF/IFAS Livestock and Natural Resources Extension Agent
🔥 11:45-12:20 pm Cost Share Programs for FL Landowners
Will Liner, Cooperative Forestry Assistance Supervisor, Florida Forest Service
🔥 12:20-12:30 pm Raffle Drawing and Lunch Logistics
Evan Hall and Zach Prusak, CFPFC Steering Committee Members
🔥 12:30-2:00 pm Long lunch scheduled to give participants adequate time to visit all sponsor booths inside and equipment demonstrations outside. Pizza (including vegetarian options) will be provided for in person participants
🔥 2:00-2:40 pm Engaging the Public in Prescribed Fire
Ludie Bond, Public Information Officer and Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Florida Forest Service
🔥 2:40-3:15 pm Central Florida Fire Weather Outlook for Fire Practitioners
John Pendergrast, Senior Meteorologist, National Weather Service
🔥 3:15-3:50 pm Florida Forest Service Update
John Saddler, Prescribed Fire Manager, Florida Forest Service
🔥 3:50-4:00 pm Wrap up, Thank You, Evaluation Reminder, Final Raffle, and Next Meeting
— Each presentation will be followed by a 10 minute question and answer session —

Attend either in-person or virtually to receive Florida Certified Burn Manager credit and/or
4.5hrs of Category 1 Society of American Foresters Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits.
Calling in via phone does not qualify for credit.
If you have any questions about credits, email

Updates will also be posted on our Facebook page.

Recordings from the 2021 Central Florida PFC Meeting

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Welcome and Introductions
(Sammy McGee, Ben Gugliotti, and Brent Saulsbury; Central Florida PFC Officers)

Fire Training in the Time of Covid-19
(Zach Prusak, Wildland Fire Training Specialist, Tall Timbers)

Florida Forest Service Experience with Ignition Drone Use on Florida State Forests
(Keith Mousel, Withlacoochee Forestry Center Manager, Florida Forest Service)

Merchandise and Sponsors
(Brent Saulsbury, CFPFC Treasurer)

Prescribed Fire in the Wildland Urban Interface: Success Through Collaboration in Florida’s Flatwoods
(Dr. Patrick Bohlen, Director of UCF Landscape and Natural Resources Program)

Central Florida Weather Outlook and Update for Fire Practitioners
(Rodney Wynn, Fire Weather Program Manager, National Weather Service)

A Florida Burner’s Value to Western Fire Contracting
(David and Brooke Hogrefe, Sandpine Alliance)

Florida Forest Service Update and Air Quality as it Relates to Burning Authorizations
(John Saddler and Sean Gallagher, Florida Forest Service)

2013 Central Florida Prescribed Fire Council Meeting
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2012 Central Florida Prescribed Fire Council Meeting
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