Over at the newly established Southeast Prescribed Fire Update blog hosted by NC State University, they’re featuring a list of 2013 prescribed fire training and certification opportunities in Alabama (link to the post). While not in Florida, many of our readers may find these training opportunities to be useful.
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The Natural Areas Training Academy along with the Florida Forest Service will be hosting a Basic Wildland Fire Training session (NWCG courses S-130 and S-190) in August. These are the introductory courses required to participate in nearly all wildland fire fighting and many prescribed fire operations. For those interested in seasonal wildland fire employment with a federal agency, completion of these courses is often a mandatory minimum requirement.
When: August 12 – 16, 2013
Where: Waccasassa Forestry Center (Gainesville, FL) and Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (Melrose, FL)
Cost: $100 Students / $125 General
Contact: Natural Areas Training Academy (850-875-7153) email@example.com
More Info: NATA Flier
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The folks at the Longleaf Alliance have scheduled a Basic Wildland Fire Fighter course for next month in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The course runs for a full week and includes S-130 / S-190 and L-180. Act quickly as registration is limited and applications are due by March 8, 2013. For more information see the course flier and the registration / nomination form.
Where: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
When: March 11th – 15, 2013
Contact: Send nomination and registration forms to Bob Wilken (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2013 Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy Fire Ecology Internship. Internships last approximately two months and include housing + $225 / week stipend. Interns will gain experience in prescribed fire, GIS, soil sampling, fire behavior and fuels measurement, and various ecosystem assessment methods. Applications are due by February 15, 2013. For more information and application instructions see the 2013 Fire Ecology Program Internship announcement (.pdf).
The Texas A & M Forest Service recently published and distributed a fantastic report covering the 2011 Texas wildfire season. The fifty page report “2011 Wildfires: Common Denominators of Home Destruction” (.pdf link) is clearly written and appropriate for managers, students, homeowners, and policy makers. I highly recommend reading it.
A free 20 minute YouTube video is available online that provides information for safety practices for wildland firefighters and prescribed fire practitioners who may be working near electrical power lines. Take the time to watch this video over lunch or at your next team meeting. It’s free and 20 minutes could save a life.
The video was produced in part due to a grant from the Arizona Salt River Project utility company. Thanks to Zach Prusak of The Nature Conservancy for sharing the link through his list-serve.
The Florida chapter of The Wildlife Society along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the South Florida Water Management District will be offering a course entitled “Ignition Planning and Prescribed Fire Techniques for Wildlife” in March of 2013.
The course will be offered March 18-21, 2013 at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp in West Palm Beach, Florida. The registration deadline is March 8, 2013. Be sure to register early as seating is limited.
Topics to be discussed include:
- Prescribed fire recommendations for panther and bear
- Prescribed fire recommendations for quail and other small game
- Prescribed fire recommendations for turkey
- Prescribed fire recommendations for bald eagle and red cockaded woodpecker
- Ignition techniques for habitat and restoration objectives
- Fire intensity and wildlife habitat impacts
This looks like a great workshop for folks located in South Florida! If you can’t make it, don’t worry as the workshop is offered about once per year with the location rotating throughout the state. For more information and to register visit the course flier.