NB_190_19_21 - NB 190-19-21 ECS – Release of Revised Title 190, General Manual, Part 413, “Prescribed Burning”
NB 190-19-21 ECS – Release of Revised Title 190, General Manual, Part 413, “Prescribed Burning”
National Bulletin: 190-19-21 Date: August 13, 2019
Subject: ECS – Release of Revised Title 190, General Manual, Part 413, “Prescribed Burning” 


 
Purpose.  To announce the release of the revised Title 190, General Manual (GM), Part 413, “Prescribed Burning,” Subparts A, B, and C (190-GM-413). Policy has been updated to clarify NRCS personnel responsibilities. A summary of the changes is provided below.
 
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2020
 
Background. The NRCS prescribed burn policy was last updated in 2010. A national team was assembled consisting of NRCS rangeland specialists, grazing specialists, foresters, and biologists to update and revise the NRCS prescribed burning policy. 
 

Explanation.  The previous version of 190-GM-413 was outdated. The revisions include—

• Changes to lands where policy applies. This policy now—
o Applies to all lands for which responsible entities have requested NRCS technical assistance be provided, including Federal lands.
o Clarifies when and where NRCS can plan and provide technical assistance on prescribed burning.
o Explains smoke management.
o Clarifies what duties NRCS employees may perform when providing technical assistance and what requirements are needed for different classes of job approval authority.
• Expanded definitions section and clarification of existing items.
• Explanation of what an NRCS employee’s involvement or noninvolvement is as a client designee or fire boss.
• Updated terminology on the sections referencing the NRCS plant materials centers.
See the attachment for a detailed version of the 190-GM-413 with track changes and comments.

 
Contact.  For questions, please contact Charles Stanley, Rangeland Management Specialist, Central National Technology Support Center, at Charles.stanley@usda.gov, or (817) 509-3282.
 
 


 /s/

 NOLLER HERBERT
 Acting Deputy Chief for Science and Technology
    
 

 
 Attachment A – Key Revisions Summary GM450 Pt401 Sub A, B, C
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