Mike Murphy Southern Illinois Prescribed Burn Association

Mike Murphy watches as flames burn up brush on a wetland site on his farm in Pope County, Ill. Controlled burns are a common occurrence across the region this time of year, organized by members of the Southern Illinois Prescribed Burn Association (SIPBA).

How do you feel about prescribed burning as a land management tool? That is a question a South Dakota FFA student is asking for an agriscience project.

Matea Gordon, a freshman at Sturgis Brown High School, created a survey for her FFA science fair project. Her goal is to learn people's perceptions of prescribed burning as a land management tool to control invasive species.

Find the survey online at https://goo.gl/forms/JdyCTsP7u9ovvC0y1.

Both landowners and non-landowners are asked to respond, especially those with land in Gregory, Lyman, Brule and Charles Mix counties. Young ag producers, including high school and college students, are also encouraged to take the survey to help capture the preferences of different generations.

The 14-question survey is anonymous. Responses are needed by March 5.

Results will be shared in May.