On Monday, October 10, 2016, Arkansas Forestry Commission, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conducted a prescribed burn at Acorn School Outdoor Classroom. Rich Mountain NRCS was contacted by Acorn Future Farmers of America (FFA) President, Josey Webb, about practices that could be done on school grounds to demonstrate agricultural land management methods. Acorn Superintendent, Jerry Strasner, Principal, Shannon Lyle, and Ag Instructor, James Pennington, were very supportive of the FFA and the ag student body to learn about forest land management.
Arkansas Forestry Commission and NRCS donated their time, equipment, and expertise to help Acorn schools accomplish the task of making the forested area safer and more productive while using the opportunity to teach. Also on hand to make sure that everything went smoothly was Acorn Fire Department personnel, Ronnie Falls and assistant, and the Acorn school resource officer, Duane Harvey.
Forestry Commission personnel were Polk County Ranger Jerry Huff, assisted by Jody Miller of the Polk County office, and Jenimy Williams, Montgomery County Ranger. Steve Swall and Mary Holland, NRCS personnel also assisted with the burn.