Smoke Management Techniques (RX-410)
Nov
4
to Nov 8

Smoke Management Techniques (RX-410)

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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 requirements, meteorology, fuel consumption, smoke production dispersion modeling, and operational smoke management strategies. This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains a panel discussion, several exercises designed to facilitate group and class participation and case studies from a variety of fuel types and political challenges. The pre-course work assignment is designed to familiarize students with the NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire, PMS 420-2, and air quality regulations that impact prescribed fire programs.

Objective
The overall objective of this course is to provide land managers with the knowledge to manage smoke and reduce its impacts on public health and welfare. Given existing and potential air quality regulations, political and social sensitivities, students will be able to:

  • Predict, manage, and monitor prescribed fire smoke.

  • Describe the legal, professional, and ethical reasons for managing smoke.

  • Describe the roles of federal, state, and local agencies and organizations involved with and affected by smoke from prescribed fire.

TARGET GROUP:
Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1 (RXB1) and the Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN). Other positions that would benefit from RX-410 include Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO), air regulators, fire ecologists, private landowners, other state and private agencies, prescribed fire consultants, fire planners. NOTE – that in the most resent version of the NIMS Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1), RX-410 is a required training to become a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:
Completion of course pre-work prior to start of the training.

TUITION:
There is no tuition fee and lodging in military Barracks will likely be free (confirmed at time of acceptance); however, students are responsible for their own travel costs and food.

NOMINATION:
Complete the registration form at the below link (or QR code) by Friday, September 6th, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be emailed to students by Friday, September 20th, 2019. Note that space is limited, acceptance will be based on a first come first serve basis and programmatic need. Given that we expect we will not be able to accept every applicant we ask that only people who are sure they will be able to attend register.

REGISTRATION LINK:
Click here to access the registration! A link to the registration form can also be found on Facebook by searching @NEFFMLLC.

COURSE COORDINATOR:
Joel R. Carlson, Principal Consultant and Owner Northeast Forest and Fire Management, LLC 29 Moody Drive, Sandwich, MA 02563-1820
Email: joelcarlson@ne-ffm.com
Phone: (508) 274-2234
Web Site: www.ne-ffm.com

NOTES AND SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Attendance in all units of instruction of the course and appropriate participation is required to receive a certificate of completion.

  • For SECURITY REASONS, provide on your registration form your full legal name, date of birth, and driver’s license number (include state of issue). Incorrectly or incomplete registration forms will result in the applicant not being considered. Access is dependent upon results of a background check and may be denied. Criteria may be sent upon request. All students will be expected to have a current and valid government issued picture identification card when entering the base. Access to the base will be through the Bourne gate (Main Gate off Rte. 28). Directions will be provided upon request.

  • All individuals enrolling in the training must be a minimum of 18 years of age and be affiliated with an organization and attending as part of that organization, whether that is as a volunteer or employee.

  • This course will be classroom based.

  • Students are required to bring writing utensils and note pad. It is highly recommended but not required that students bring a computer with GIS installed or at a minimum a computer or tablet.

  • Free lodging in military Barracks will likely be available upon advanced request (to be confirmed at time of acceptance). Please state that housing is needed when your nomination form is sent, additional information will then be sent to you. If staying in base housing you will need to bring your own bedding and a towel. A list of local accommodations will also be available upon request.

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MPFC Quarterly Meeting (Open to the Public!)
Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

MPFC Quarterly Meeting (Open to the Public!)

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Date: November 12th, 2019

Location: Ann Arbor Parks and Rec Natural Area Preservation - 3875 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Michigan Prescribed Fire Council meets quarterly to discuss the status of our organization, while working to plan for future events, examine persistent problems, and communicate our successes. Meetings are from 10am-1pm, with snacks and coffee provided. While only Steering Committee members are permitted to vote, these meetings are open to the public. We’d love to see you there!

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S-130/190 Field Day at Fort Custer Training Center
Feb
26
to Feb 27

S-130/190 Field Day at Fort Custer Training Center

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Date: February 26th - February 27th, 2020

Location: Fort Custer Training Center, 1201 Denso Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49037

This training is a combination of supplemental classroom sessions and required field exercises in order to complete FFT2 Training and receive NWCG certificates. Registration fee includes training, materials, and meals. This 2-day capstone training to the online courses will be run like an overnight wildfire incident. The course will be led by staff from the Michigan DNR

Please download the “Basic Firefighter (FFT2) Training Information” from the link below. The online modules can be completed anytime. Make sure you print and save the certificates at the end of each unit. Don’t forget to bring your certificates to the training!

Basic Firefighter (FFT2) Training Information

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MPFC Quarterly Meeting (Open to the Public!)
Aug
13
10:00 AM10:00

MPFC Quarterly Meeting (Open to the Public!)

Date: August 13th, 2019

Location: Rose Lake Plant Materials Center - 7472 Stoll Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

The Michigan Prescribed Fire Council meets quarterly to discuss the status of our organization, while working to plan for future events, examine persistent problems, and communicate our successes. Meetings are from 10am-1pm, with snacks and coffee provided. While only Steering Committee members are permitted to vote, these meetings are open to the public. We’d love to see you there!

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S-130/190 Training at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute (GVSU)
Aug
12
to Aug 16

S-130/190 Training at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute (GVSU)

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Date: August 12th - 16th, 2019

Location: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - 701 West Cloverdale Road, Hastings, MI, 49058

This course provides students with a basic introduction to wildland and prescribed fire ecology, behavior, and management. This is required training for all personnel seeking to become Wildland Firefighters under National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certification standards. NWCG certifications S-130, S-190, and L-180 are granted upon successful course completion.

A charge $370 of for food, lodging, instructors, and course materials is payable to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Bedding and towels will be provided. The Pierce Cedar Creek Institute charge covers your housing for four nights, facility usage, four breakfasts, four lunches, and five dinners during the course.

Payment to the Institute is completed here. Payment is due by July 15, 2019. No refunds after August 1, 2019. If you would like to have your registration billed to your organization, please contact Sara Syswerda at syswerdas@cedarcreekinstitute.org to make arrangements.

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S-212 Training at Fort Custer Training Center
Jul
15
to Jul 19

S-212 Training at Fort Custer Training Center

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Date: July 15th - 19th, 2019

Location: Fort Custer Training Center - 1201 Denso Road, Battle Creek, MI, 49037

Wildland Fire Chain Saws, S-212, is a suggested National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course for individuals desiring to be qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB) in the National Interagency Incident Management System: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1).

The course will be led by Steve Woods (TNC), and will be taught by qualified instructors from across the midwest. The cost for the course is $400, which includes the course as well as breakfast and lunch. Lodging is not included. To set up lodging at Fort Custer Educational Center (for under $30/night) call (269) 731-6126.

The objectives of this course are the following:

  • Demonstrate the tactical application of chain saws in fireline construction and mop up operations.

  • Define and apply chain saw safety standards as required by OSHA and agency handbooks, manuals, directives, and owner’s manuals.

  • Identify and demonstrate basic chain saw operation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and safety features.

We hope to see you there!

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Jun
18
to Jun 20

Fire and Fuels Monitoring Workshop

Fire and Fuels Monitoring Workshop

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June 18-20, 2019

Location: University of Minnesota - Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720

Lead Instructor: Brian Stearns, Huron-Manistee National Forests Huron Shores Ranger Station

Overview: This three-day, field and classroom-based workshop is open to all participants of any affiliation, and will introduce participants to: tools for selecting metrics that match management/restoration objectives; developing site-specific protocols for sampling; developing a monitoring handbook and monitoring protocols/program for your local ecosystems; and how to establish long-term monitoring and quantitative/qualitative data for wildfire risk assessment and evaluating the need for prescribed burns and other fuels treatments.

At Cloquet Forestry Center the natural communities we will be conducting hands-on field work in include: upland northern dry-mesic mixed woodlands, primarily multi-aged pine-dominated cover types with a variety of understory fuel conditions; northern wet meadow; and black spruce/tamarack forested wetlands.

Registration and LodgingThere is no registration fee for this 3-Day Workshop. Attendees are responsible for their own meals, travel and lodging. Lodging at government rate is being arranged with hotels in Cloquet, MN (about 3 miles from Cloquet Forestry Center). Since space is limited we require that you register with your name, email, and affiliation with Jack McGowan-Stinski, Lake States Fire Science Consortium, mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu. Additional information regarding lodging and materials will be emailed upon registration.

Agenda

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For any questions please contact Jack McGowan-Stinski, mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu, 989-287-1734

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FFT2 Training - S130/190
Feb
28
to Mar 1

FFT2 Training - S130/190

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This training is a combination of supplemental classroom sessions and required field exercises in order to complete FFT2 Training and receive NWCG certificates. Registration fee includes training, materials, and meals. This 2-day capstone training to the online courses will be run like an overnight wildfire incident. The course will be led by Jeffery Corser from the Michigan DNR. The course costs a flat fee of $75.

Location: Fort Custer Training Center, 1201 Denso Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49037

Date: February 28th - March 1st, 2019

Sign up link: Click here!

Please download the “Basic Firefighter (FFT2) Training Information” from the link below. The online modules can be completed anytime. Make sure you print and save the certificates at the end of each unit. Don’t forget to bring your certificates to the training!

Basic Firefighter (FFT2) Training Information

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5th Annual Burning Issues Workshop and MPFC Annual Meeting
Feb
5
to Feb 6

5th Annual Burning Issues Workshop and MPFC Annual Meeting

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This annual wildland fire workshop is designed to enable land managers, researchers, resource specialists, and fire practitioners an opportunity to hear and learn from different areas of expertise in a format which will help us to identify gaps in knowledge and communication, and work toward solutions to issues that complicate our collective wildland fire work.

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The Stewardship Network Webinar - Developing a Prescribed Fire Needs Assessment
Oct
10
12:00 PM12:00

The Stewardship Network Webinar - Developing a Prescribed Fire Needs Assessment

From the Stewardship Network’s Website:

Join us for our October 2018 Webcast!

Click HERE to view the webinar

Topic: Developing a Prescribed Fire Needs Assessment

Guests: Joshua Cohen, Helen Enander, & Clay Wilton; Michigan Natural Features Inventory

"Natural resources agencies currently invest a significant amount of resources developing prescribed burn plans. However, many proposed burns are never implemented, and the current burn system does not systematically evaluate all stands. Given that funding for implementing prescribed fire is finite, it is imperative that proposed burns be informed by the best available ecological information. Through this project, Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) has worked in conjunction with Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division staff to develop a prescribed fire needs assessment for WLD managed lands in Southern Lower Michigan. This prescribed fire needs assessment model can be extrapolated for other agencies and other fire-dependent geographies."

Event Provider: The Stewardship Network

Event Address: Your home computer or laptop!

State/County: Online

Event Date (EST): Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Event Topic: Prescribed Fire, Habitat Restoration, Education and Outreach

Event Format: Presentation

Event Setting: Online

Event Cost: Free

Sign-up required?: No

Event Contact Name: Rob Luzynski

Event Contact Email: rob@stewardshipnetwork.org

https://www.stewardshipnetwork.org/october-2018-webcast-developing-prescribed-fire-needs-assessment

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11th Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Sep
17
to Sep 19

11th Eastern Native Grass Symposium

Mark your calendar for the 11th Eastern Native Grass Symposium. The event will feature the latest information from renowned presenters and exhibitors, best management practices and field tours showcasing the progressive use of native grasses and forbs in a host of diverse applications. We have thirty (30) outstanding presentations and four (4) information-packed field tours for you to choose from. It all takes place at Erie’s beautiful Bayfront Convention Center and the adjoining Courtyard by Marriott on the shores of Lake Erie.

 

Visit www.EasternNativeGrassSymposium.com to register!

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FFT2 Training (S-130/S-190)
Feb
22
to Feb 23

FFT2 Training (S-130/S-190)

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Click here to register.

This training is a combination of supplemental classroom sessions and required field exercises in order to complete FFT2 Training and receive NWCG certificates. Registration fee includes training, materials, and meals. This 2-day capstone training to the online courses will be run like an overnight wildfire incident. Please download the “Basic Firefighter (FFT2) Training Information” from the link below. The online modules can be completed anytime. Make sure you print and save the certificates at the end of each unit.

Basic Firefighter (FFT2) Training Information

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4th Annual Burning Issues Workshop & MPFC Annual Meeting
Feb
6
to Feb 7

4th Annual Burning Issues Workshop & MPFC Annual Meeting

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Click here to register.

This annual wildland fire workshop is designed to enable land managers, researchers, resource specialists, and fire practitioners an opportunity to hear and learn from different areas of expertise in a format which will help us to identify gaps in knowledge and communication, and work toward solutions to issues that complicate our collective wildland fire work.

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Feb
5
3:30 PM15:30

Smoke TOOLS Workshop

REGISTRATION CLOSED (we've reached full capacity)

This one-day workshop has been designed to provide hands-on experience with new, easy-to-use, online tools, and is designed for anybody working in wildland fire – a good introductory workshop for those who have not had much smoke modeling and management exposure, or as an excellent refresher for those who have had another smoke course.

For more information go to this website

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