Texas Panhandle Prescribed Burn Association


The Texas Panhandle Prescribed Burn Association had its beginning in the spring of 2005 when Jeff Haley and Jack Craft attended the Prescribed Burn Workshop at the Matador Wildlife Management Area.  Jeff and Jack are active in the Panhandle Livestock Association and thought that a prescribed burn association would benefit PLA members and their goal of improving native rangeland for wildlife and livestock production.  At the PLA summer meeting the idea of a burn association was received with a lot of enthusiasm by the members.  Dale Smith, a rancher experienced with prescribed burns, became involved and was asked to head up the new association.  With the help of Texas Parks & Wildlife, especially Gene Miller, Jeff Bonner, Heather Whitlaw, and Duane Lucia, the Association was off to a good start.   Ms. Whitlaw and other members of TP&W worked hard to get a $23,000 grant from the Sand County Foundation's Leopold Stewardship Fund to buy equipment and provide training and education for the new Association.  It cannot be over emphasized how important the grant from Sand County Foundation is to the start and success of the Association.  

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas Panhandle Prescribed Burn Association is to provide the tools, training, education, and resources to its members to conduct prescribed burns in a safe and effective manner.  This will enable the members to better manage their rangeland for the betterment of their wildlife habitat and rangeland through the use of prescribed fire.

Goals & Values 

  • Provide education and training to the members of the association so they can become Certified Prescribed Burn Managers.
  • Provide equipment for the Association members to conduct safe and effective burns.
  • Association members will help other members conduct prescribed burns.
  • Educate the general public and other ranchers about the benefits of a safe prescribed burn.


  • President: Andrew Bivins, Andrew@ranches.org, Amarillo, TX
  • Vice President: Doak Elledge Clarendon, TX
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Andy Wheatley, Hedley, TX



Contact Texas Panhandle Prescribed Burn Association

Dale Smith
PO Box 15305
Amarillo, Texas  79105
Phone: 806 376-4147 Ext. 204 or 206


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Armstrong County, Texas
  • Briscoe County, Texas
  • Carson County, Texas
  • Castro County, Texas
  • Childress County, Texas
  • Collingsworth County, Texas
  • Dallam County, Texas
  • Deaf Smith County, Texas
  • Donley County, Texas
  • Gray County, Texas
  • Hall County, Texas
  • Hansford County, Texas
  • Hartley County, Texas
  • Hemphill County, Texas
  • Hutchinson County, Texas
  • Lipscomb County, Texas
  • Moore County, Texas
  • Ochiltree County, Texas
  • Oldham County, Texas
  • Parmer County, Texas
  • Potter County, Texas
  • Randall County, Texas
  • Roberts County, Texas
  • Sherman County, Texas
  • Swisher County, Texas
  • Wheeler County, Texas

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