Despite the importance of prescribed burning in contemporary fire management, there is little understanding of how climate change will influence the weather conditions under which it is deployed. We provide quantitative estimates of potential changes...
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Uses for prescribed fire include hazardous fuel reduction, ecological restoration and maintenance, perpetuating fire-dependent species, controlling insects and disease, improving wildlife habitat, improving forage for grazing, enhancing appearance for recreation, and improving access.
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Fuel treatments, including thinning and prescribed fire, are used to help prevent fires from reaching catastrophic severities. However, fuel treatments are expensive and difficult to implement, so they cannot be used everywhere. A recommended approach...
Prescribed fires are becoming more widely used forest management tool to reduce both fuel load for fire prevention and high-severity wildfires. However, alterations to site conditions and influence on the natural regeneration of these fires in...
Changes in fire regime and soil temperatures will be simultaneous symptoms of climate change in many regions around the world, yet very few studies have investigated how these factors will interact to affect soil carbon (C) cycling. Interacting effects...
The attitudes held by Euro‐Australians about “bush fires” are markedly different from those of Aborigines. These contrasting perspectives confront each other in different practices of prescribed burning employed by Aborigines and Australian National...
Forests of the eastern United States provide numerous ecosystem services, including water filtration. Forest management activities of eastern forests often include prescribed fire to accomplish a variety of management objectives such as invasive...
Background: Prescribed fire is an important management practice used to control woody encroachment and invasive species in grasslands. To use this practice successfully, managers must understand the seasonal windows within which prescribed fire can be...
Common practices for invasive species control and management include physical, chemical, and biological approaches. The first two approaches have clear limitations and may lead to unintended (negative) consequences, unless carefully planned and...
The critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) is dependent on dry prairies managed with prescribed fires that are applied every 1-3 years. Timing of prescribed fires shifted from predominantly the dormant...
Prescribed fire is commonly used by managers in the western U.S. to remove potential wildfire fuel, such as small trees and shrubs. It is thought that this act of selectively removing trees helps remaining trees better survive drought events because...
Overview: This position is part of a partnership between South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (SDGFP) and Habitat Forever, LLC (HF). The incumbents will conduct habitat management work on public wildlife management areas. They are full-time, permanent employees of Habitat Forever and will receive daily leadership from SDGFP Field Managers. The position location will be base at the Medicine Knoll Creek GPA, South Dakota.
Duties: The incumbent will assist with all aspects of managing the assigned wildlife management area. Major responsibilities include:
• Directing, and implementing habitat management work on public wildlife areas;
• Procuring supplies and equipment;
• Participating in the construction, maintenance and repair of equipment, parking areas, and roads;
• Coordinating agricultural permits to insure positive benefits for wildlife;
• Habitat management work may include site preparation, planting, management of food plots, diverse native seedings and dense nesting cover, shrub or shelterbelt plantings. Tree removal and prescribed fire.
• Participating in scientific field studies and surveys;
• Participating in training and evaluation of seasonal employees.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, Inc. (PF), the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to promote, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. Activities will include providing technical assistance to landowners regarding rangeland and wildlife management, habitat planning, precision ag conservation, contract coordination, conservation plan modification, site assessment and reporting. Conduct and coordinate training sessions that include workshops and tours for landowners and resource professionals. Provide technical assistance related to prescribed fire to private landowners and public organizations. Meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever to help coordinate habitat and rangeland management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings. Implement conservation programs to improve rangeland management, grassland restoration, small grains and diverse cover crop use and wildlife habitat management on private lands. Assist or coordinate activities and projects as assigned.
Position Description: Offered as an advanced, long-term opportunity to earn significant practical and environmental conservation experience, AmeriCorps Members at ACE's Sierra Region (South Lake Tahoe, CA Headquarters) will spend approximately six months working as part of a team to carry out a variety of environmental conservation minded projects.
Field work and other duties might include but are not limited to:
- Habitat restoration
- Trail construction and maintenance
- Dry and wet stone masonry
- Forest thinning
- Plant identification
- Invasive species removal
AmeriCorps Members will also gain leadership skills while helping to supervise, train, and generally support current and incoming ACE volunteers and Corps members, who are rotated into new and ongoing long-term projects. All work is physically demanding, often requiring stints in the backcountry and/or extended stays in the field. This position requires hiking, backpacking, camping and cooking outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike camps. Members will also be expected to serve as ambassadors of ACE and citizens of their local community by attending two (2) three+ hour volunteer events with a focus on environmental stewardship.
This position is located at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. This position is responsible for assisting the Fire Management Staff in wildfire response and prescribed fire management on all FWS lands in Oklahoma and North Texas.
Major duties include:
- Serve as a skilled module/crewmember on an engine, helitack, or prescribed fire module or hand crew.
- Perform basic fire line activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pumps and accessories.
- Under the direction of a seasoned crew member may be assigned specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attacks.
- Participate in module/crew proficiency checks and drills
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Prepare forest resource inventory maps and required documents for the development of comprehensive management plans for game lands.
Provide recommendations for annual work plan of forest management activities including timber harvest, herbicide spray areas, deer-deterrent fencing, timber cover mapping, management plan development and other projects.
Collect, analyze, and interpret timber stand data to through the use of SILVAH to determine
Prepare and implement silvicultural prescriptions to achieve habitat goals in accordance with the PGC Forestry Manual and comprehensive game lands plans.
Implement specific wildlife habitat considerations and select and mark wildlife reserve trees and cut trees on timber sale areas.
Locate, identify and delineate timber sale boundaries, haul roads, skid roads, and log landings.
Prepare documents and maps for all forest management projects as required.
Participate in tours of sale areas for prospective timber operators.
Develop, implement, coordinate and evaluate timber harvest, herbicide, prescribed fire, deer-deterrent fence, and other forestry-related activities.
Inspect timber operations as directed to valuate compliance with the timber sale contract, with environmental rules and regulations, and with all state, Federal and PGC rules and regulations.
Estimate and tally damage and impacts to forest products in support of regional OGM and ROW related activities.
Communicate with staff to coordinate forest management activities with other land management personnel.
Communicate with planning team to coordinate the development of comprehensive forest management plans and forest cover maps, and subsequently review and evaluate management plan documents for accuracy and completeness.
Obtain and maintain required training, experience, and qualifications to participate in the application of prescribed fire as a habitat management tool, or engage in the suppression of wildfires when necessary.
Prepare and submit automotive, time & activity, expense reports, supply requests, correspondence and other written material as required.
Properly maintain and upkeep automotive and field equipment.
Provide information for submission of accident and work-related injury reports.
Collect biological data for the white-tailed deer program and maintain a positive working relationship with deer processor-cooperators.
Collect census data for ruffed grouse or other wildlife species as assigned.
Observe mast production and submit fall food reports for wildlife as assigned.
Assist with law enforcement in matters of timber damage and timber theft by identifying occurrences, investigating circumstances, and estimating volume and value of material.
Maintain files for forms and records concerning all phases of timber sales and forest management planning.
Observe, monitor, and report impacts to forests from insects and disease problems. Recommend actions such as the use of pesticides in designated treatment areas to reduce damage to wildlife habitats.
Develop and deliver public information programs.
Participate in agency and non-agency tours of game lands management areas and programs.
Conference with timber operators, agency staff, or other constituents by telephone after normal working hours.
Answer inquiries from the public concerning agency programs and/or direct them to other sources of information available.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
This position is headquartered at the Keystone State Park Office in Derry, PA and will cover the western county of Pennsylvania. You will be responsible for primarily assisting the bureau's natural resources by performing a variety of technical assignments in the areas of forest management, wildlife habitat management, invasive species management, prescribed fire, insect and disease control, forest regeneration, and recreation projects.
The East Bay Regional Park District is looking to hire two Fire Captains to support the Fuels Management Program.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to the east of San Francisco. The District's Fire Department is a branch of the Public Safety Division and provides all typical emergency services, including fire suppression, hazardous materials responses, search and rescue, auto extrication, emergency medical services, prescribed burns for fire hazard reduction and resource management. The department has 14 wildland fire engines responds to approximately 1,200 calls per year. The Fire Department works closely with our neighboring agencies in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and provides emergency response when called upon by CAL FIRE and the Office of Emergency Services.
The two Fire Captain vacancies are located at the East Bay Regional Park District Public Safety Headquarters in Castro Valley, CA. The hiring pools established as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancies and additional vacancies that may occur during the one year life of the hiring pools. Under general direction, you will supervise staff in fire prevention and suppression activities, emergency medical response and rescue calls, and training activities. You'll oversee the operation of the fire stations and maintenance of fire department equipment, administer and implement fuels management contracts, projects and hazardous fuel reduction treatments, prescribed fires as needed, and assist in the administration of the Fire Department.
The Grand Calumet River Restoration Crew Member participates in restoration efforts as a member of a Grand Calumet River Restoration Action Team. They will assist in maintaining preserve areas and riverine marshes. Work may include controlling exotic invasive species, maintaining tools and equipment, monitoring wildlife, conducting preserve maintenance, learning how to identify native and non-native species, and preparing sites for prescribed burns.
Overview: These positions are part of a partnership between Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and Habitat Forever, LLC (HF). Under the direction of KDWPT Staff, incumbents will conduct habitat management work on cooperating private land within designated priority geographies within Kansas as part of the state’s ‘Habitat First’ program. They are full-time, permanent employees of Habitat Forever and will receive daily leadership from KDWPT staff. These positions will be located in 2 regions of the state: one at Wilson Reservoir (near Wilson), P and Dodge City.
Duties: The incumbents will assist with wildlife habitat management and manipulation throughout the respective district. Major responsibilities include:
- Supervising, and implementing habitat management work on cooperating private landowners which will include but not limited to edge feathering, herbicide application, prescribed burning, native grass establishment, shrubby cover establishment, moist soil management and brush management with skid steer and chainsaw.
- Procuring supplies and equipment;
- Providing public information;
- Participating in scientific field studies and surveys;
- Participating in training and evaluation of seasonal employees.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Job may require odd hours and travel/time away from home.
The Northeast Region of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is currently recruiting for four Non-Perm, State Uplands Foresters (Natural Resources Specialist 1) to join our team of Silviculture Foresters.
Are you someone who loves the outdoors, and is passionate about natural resource forester opportunities in Washington State? If you love working in the outdoors, appreciate a remote natural environment, and have good practical field skills with a proven ability for working in a small team, then this is the job for you.
These positions will assist the Silviculture Foresters in implementing sound ecological forest management that generates revenue while improving forest health and habitat. Position responsibilities include assisting in the layout of timber sales. This work includes, locating and marking timber sale unit boundaries, tree marking, GPS mapping, locating and delineating riparian buffers or other sensitive areas, road layout, cruising, and developing detailed summary reports. Additional silvicultural duties include conducting stand surveys, preparing and administering pre-commercial thinning, tree planting and fuels reduction contracts under the agency's forest health program. In addition, this position will assess the health of stands and recommend silvicultural prescriptions and harvest strategies.
We have opportunities available in the following locations:
- Arcadia (Deer Park, WA)
- North Columbia (Colville, WA)
- South Okanogan (Omak, WA)
- Highlands (Loomis, WA)
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) has released its 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs):
The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) announcement FA-FOA0019-001 has one task statement. Proposals must address one or more of the following topic areas:
- Fuels management and fire behavior
- Emissions and air quality
- Fire effects and post-fire recovery
- Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire
- Human dimensions of fire
The primary announcement FA-FOA0019-002 has two task statements:
- Effectiveness of fuel breaks and fuel break systems
- Reducing damages and losses to valued resources from wildfire
The Regional Fire Science Exchange announcement FA-FOA0019-003 has one task statement focused on leading and executing a regional fire science exchange in the following two regions:
- Great Plains
- Southern Rockies
Proposals for special sessions, workshops and trainings, oral and poster presentations, fire circles, and attached meetings are now being accepted.
Call for Special Sessions ~ Deadline April 1, 2019
Call for Workshops, Trainings, and Courses ~ Deadline April 1, 2019
Call for Oral and Poster Presentations ~ Deadline August 1, 2019 for Oral Presentations and August 30, 2019 for Poster Presentations
Call for Fire Circles ~ Deadline August 1, 2019
Call for Attached Meetings ~ Deadline August 30, 2019
The Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a unique program blending maximum field prescribed burning experience with a flexible curriculum of classroom instruction on foundational topics for prescribed fire practitioners.
The PFTC is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Training locations are dispersed throughout Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Attendees will travel to several remote sites during their stay to take advantage of prescribed burning and learning opportunities with a variety of agencies, fuel types, and challenges such as urban interface.
The Southeast is an ideal site for the PFTC due to the year round burning programs of several agencies, broad prescription windows, and the high level of interagency cooperation. During their 20 day tour, individuals should expect to participate in prescribed burns conducted for a variety of objectives. The wildland urban interface is a focus of PFTC, and most participants will have opportunities to conduct burns in interface situations. This variety of field experience with the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies offers an accelerated learning opportunity for the participants.
FY2019 20-Day Sessions:
- January 6, 2019 to January 25, 2019
- February 3, 2019 to February 22, 2019
- March 10, 2019 to March 29, 2019
- April 7, 2019 to April 26, 2019
- June 2, 2019 to June 21, 2019
FY2019 Agency Admin Workshops:
- October 25, 2018 to October 30, 2018
- February 28, 2019 to March 5, 2019
Session Dates: February 3-22, 2019.
The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC), located in Tallahassee, Florida, is an entity designed to give individuals an opportunity to increase their prescribed fire practitioner skills...
These are target dates—participants must be able to mobilize to Weitchpec on 72 hours’ notice. This TREX will incorporate knowledge from the native tribes of Northern California and develop understanding about their traditional and contemporary use of...
Presenter: Mark Melvin, 2018 Report Author and Chair of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils
Modifies the Washington clean air act. Requires the department of natural resources to develop policies that allow outdoor burning for the protection of life or property, and for the public health, safety, and welfare. Addresses a plan of the...
The in-person event at the Cloquet Forestry Center has been cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. After deliberations among speakers and organizers, the organizers have decided the best path forward is to cancel for now (and not offer an online...
Join us for a celebration of Florida's forests and the role of fire in maintaining and enhancing their beauty, diversity, and habitat value.
- Educational exhibits and activities
- Live animals
Co-sponsored by the the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. Highlights include:
- Cattle Grazing to Manage Brush – Lynn Huntsinger, Rustici Chair, UC Berkeley
Prescribed fire is a natural process in the Southern Great Plains, where the landscape evolved under fire and grazing. Fire can improve wildlife habitat, reduce woody plants, remove thatch, and improve forage quality and quantity for livestock.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission is offering training for individuals seeking to become Certified Prescribed Fire Managers. Certification can reduce the liability for those conducting outdoor burning. Three classes are being offered:
Course Description: This course leads students through the ecological and historical role of fire, characteristics of smoke and the health, safety and visibility impacts of smoke. Other topics include public relations, legal...