The National Wildfire Coordinating Group's (NWCG) Smoke Committee (SmoC) and the University of Idaho have developed a range of educational materials to further your knowledge of air quality and smoke management. These resources and their descriptions will help you choose which resource is right for you.
Smoke Management and Air Quality for Land Managers - This online resource is designed for Line Officers and Land Managers who are seeking an overview of air quality regulations and smoke management approaches. This tutorial contains four sections outlining basic smoke management and air quality topics including impacts of smoke, air quality regulations, smoke management, and communication and collaboration.
Case Studies describe recent smoke management situations, how they were addressed by agency personnel, and the lessons learned from these events. The case studies highlight principles covered in the Smoke Management and Air Quality for Land Managers section.
Air Quality Library - This page contains PDF links of several helpful air quality guides and links to related web sites, several of which were used in the development of this tutorial.
Smokepedia - This is an interactive glossary of air quality terms. To search for a term, simply click on the Smokepedia link to bring up the glossary, where further information is given.
Smoke Management Workshop Recordings - These are a series of workshop recordings from the 2008-2009 workshop Effective Communication for Smoke Management in a Changing Air Quality Environment.
Smoke Management Training Assessments: The NWCG Smoke Committee and the University of Idaho have worked to develop assessments of NWCG courses and position task books for air quality content as well as a snapshot survey of smoke and air quality training background within the IQCS system.
The National Wildfire Coordinating Group Smoke Committee (SmoC) is chartered by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group to provide leadership, coordination and integration of air resource and fire management objectives. To meet these goals SmoC has collaborated with the University of Idaho to develop the training materials within the Educational Resources section. For more information about interagency smoke management, visit: www.nifc.gov/smoke.
The University of Idaho College of Natural Resources has been a leader in wildland fire education and research for more than 30 years. We encourage an interdisciplinary approach to solving real world problems in our teaching, research and outreach. We offer more courses focused on fire than any other natural resources school in the country. Our courses and degree programs are developed to provide students with real world skills and fundamental principles to become leaders in fire and natural resource management. Our fire research program builds upon our educational program by attracting top graduate students and promoting collaboration with the leading fire scientists. We challenge our graduate students with innovative research projects that provide useful, timely and sound science to help solve fire management issues across the state, region and nation.