In spring 2013, the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council formed three sub-committees to work on critical issues surrounding prescribed fire in the region: training, communications, and policy. These committees are led by Council Steering Committee members, and they are open to participation by anyone with an interest in those topics. See below for information on committee leadership and activities. To join one or more committees, submit a form through our Contact Us page, or email Lenya, Council Director, at email@example.com.
Key efforts: Northern California Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (Nor Cal TREX), a 2-week intensive Rx fire training event in northern CA. Includes 40 participants from across the country burning throughout the region on federal and private lands. We have hosted 4 Nor Cal TREX events since 2013, and plan to continue hosting these events every fall.
Key efforts: Organized communications and outreach materials for TREX; resulted in newspaper and TV coverage. Working on post-TREX communications materials, including a TREX yearbook and videos. Drafting a list of prescribed fire FAQs, which can be used on the Council website and in other outreach and communications efforts. Working on a Council Communications Plan, which will guide committee efforts for the upcoming years.
Key efforts: Consulting on Rx fire-related legislation (spring/summer 2014). Recruited UC Davis law student to write a white paper on prescribed fire policy in CA. Participated in legislative hearing on fuels treatments on forest lands (Dec. 3, 2013). Working on white papers associated with fire policy/Rx fire.
Jeff Kane, Steering Committee Chair
Humboldt State University
Hugh Scanlon, retired CAL FIRE Unit Chief