Council Committees
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

Training Committee
Committee Leads:
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.
Communications Committee
Committee Leads:
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.
Policy Committee
Committee Leads:
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.
The Northern California Prescribed Fire Council is made possible through the time and energy of its Steering Committee members and their organizations; the support and contributions of Council participants; and funding from the Fire Learning Network. 

The Fire Learning Network (FLN) is a cooperative program of the Forest Service, Department of the Interior agencies—Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service—and The Nature Conservancy. The partnership has a ten-year proven track record of helping to restore our nation’s forests and grasslands and to make (human) communities safer from fire. 

About us

Our Mission

The mission of the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council is to serve as a venue for practitioners, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, tribes, coalitions and interested individuals to work collaboratively to promote, protect, and expand the responsible use of prescribed fire in Northern California's fire adapted landscapes.

Our Purpose
  • To provide a focus for issues and concerns regarding prescribed burning in Northern California.
  • To facilitate communication and the exchange of information regarding the benefits and shortcomings of prescribed burning.
  • To provide a forum where all interested parties may participate in meetings and share in the benefits from the information generated by this Council.
  • To promote public understanding of the benefits of prescribed burning and the role of fire in ecosystems. 
  • To promote safety, training, and research in the art and science of prescribed fire.
  • To provide a forum for discussions on prescribed fire practices, regulations, and policies and a means to ensure the use of prescribed burning. ​
  • To promote and facilitate an increase in the responsible use of prescribed fire as a management tool in Northern California. 
Who We Are

Lenya Quinn-Davidson, 
University of California Cooperative Extension
Eureka, CA
(707) 272-0637

Nick Goulette, Steering Committee Chair
Watershed Research and Training Center
California Klamath-Siskiyou Fire Learning Network
Hayfork, CA

Jeff Kane, Steering Committee Vice Chair
​Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

Steering Committee:
Morgan Varner, Virginia Tech (formerly with Humboldt State Univ.)
Norb Szczurek, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District
Will Harling, Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Bill Tripp, Karuk Tribe
Jamie Tripp, US Forest Service 
Dennis Martinez, Indigenous Peoples' Restoration Network
John Sprague, CAL FIRE
Yana Valachovic, UC Cooperative Extension
Jeremy Bailey, The Nature Conservancy
Tim Bradley, Bureau of Land Management
Brian Wilson, North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District
Debra Harris, North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District
Jim Wills, Firestorm
Eamon Engber, National Park Service
Tom Garcia, National Park Service 
Mathew Cocking, Natural Resources Conservation Service 
Ed Smith, The Nature Conservancy - California