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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremy Bailey, Associate Director of Fire Training and Capacity, Fire Learning Network
Norb Szczurek, Retired Division Chief, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District
Key efforts: Organized the Northern California Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX), a 2-week intensive Rx fire training event in northern CA from Oct. 21-Nov. 3, 2013. Included 40 participants from across the country; the group burned throughout the region on federal and private lands, treating a total of 450+ acres during 16 different burns. Hoping to organize similar events in the future. Looking into adopting a training certification program to achieve and/or maintain qualifications for Council participantsWorking to identify other training needs in the region and find ways to address them.
Michelle Medley-Daniel, Communications and Partnerships Coordinator, Watershed Research and Training Center
Yana Valachovic, Forest Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
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.
Nick Goulette, Executive Director, Watershed Research and Training Center
Will Harling, Executive Director, Mid Klamath Watershed Council
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 Vice Chair
Humboldt State University