La. Guard Uses Prescribed Burns to Protect the Environment – Louisiana National Guard

By Staff Sgt. Garrett Dipuma, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana National Guard Environmental Program (LAARNG) conducted its first trial burn at Camp Minden in an effort to integrate into the Wildland Fire Program (PAM), Jan. 12.

The Louisiana National Guard (LANG) is well known for its efforts in recovery operations after natural disasters, but its conservation management initiatives are less well known.

“The two main goals of our wildfire program that tie directly into our overall conservation plan are the reduction of fuel loads such as underbrush and fallen debris to prevent wildfires and promote native species. , both flora and fauna,” the Colonel said. James Slaven, director of LANG’s construction facilities management office.

The goal of the Wildland Fire Program is to improve the overall diversity of the LANG landscape using prescribed burns to ensure ecologically sound and safe approaches to this reduction.

The Integrated Wildfire Management Plan (IWFMP) has established guidelines for interagency coordination, smoke management and air quality, safety and emergency operations, risk assessment, supervision and training and certification of personnel. It also provides a detailed analysis of natural and cultural resource considerations, mission considerations, and wild land fuel factors.