The CDC has released a new resource with guidance on public health strategies for minimizing wildfire smoke impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics discussed include creating safe spaces indoors, considerations for face masks, and planning for wildfire and extreme heat. The new guide “Public Health Strategies to Reduce Exposure to Wildfire Smoke during the COVID-19 Pandemic” should also be used with the CDC “Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions and Resources for Air Resource Advisors and Other Environmental Health Professionals” guide.Continue Reading
Conservation Legacy is hiring a crew leader, assistant crew leader, and crew members for a new AmeriCorps Fire Crew based in Bahama, North Carolina. The work period will be August 17, 2020 – July 23, 2021.
To apply, visit the Conservation Legacy website and select Conservation Corps North Carolina under Business Unit.Continue Reading
The Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS) has launched their new Quantitative Wildfire Risk Assessment feature. For more information on the capabilities of this new mapping and assessment tool register for their Introductory Webinar scheduled for July 21st at 3:00 PM ET. You can also read more about the new Risk Assessment feature on this flier (.pdf).Continue Reading
The Simple Smoke Screening Tool is back! The Southern Fire Exchange previously hosted this tool on our website but we lost the ability to run it following our website migration in March 2020. Thanks to the Florida Forest Service, this easy to use smoke plotting tool has a new home and host on the Florida Forest Service “Fire Tools and Downloads” webpage. The Florida Forest Service is hosting this tool as a resource for prescribed burners across the U.S. so be sure to join us in sharing your appreciation!
Simple Smoke Screening Tool is an easy to use online tool for plotting a potential smoke impact area using a set of basic input parameters (location, area burned, wind direction, fuel type and ignition method). The Simple Smoke Screening Tool is similar to the manual protractor method for screening smoke impacts. The Simple Smoke Screening Tool was originally developed by the Southern High Resolution Modeling Consortium and hosted by Southern Regional Extension Forestry at the University of Georgia. Around 2015 it was upgraded to include a .kml output and hosted by the Southern Fire Exchange. Starting in July 2020 it has been hosted by the Florida Forest Service.Continue Reading
The Assistant State Forester is an unclassified full-time position with the Alabama Forestry
Commission, which is based in Montgomery, Alabama. By state law, this position will be filled by
appointment of the Forestry Commission, with the approval of the Governor. This is a non-merit
appointment, and the Assistant State Forester will serve at the pleasure of the Commission.
This position involves highly responsible administrative professional work in the field of forestry with
an opportunity to immediately employ organizational leadership, add to the Commission’s evolving
successes, and enjoy a competitive salary with great benefits to include accumulation of annual, sick,
and holiday leave, and health insurance and retirement benefits. The successful candidate will be
responsible for serving as chief assistant to the State Forester with oversight of the four regions that
comprise the Alabama Forestry Commission as well as other tasks assigned by the State Forester.
Emphasis is placed upon the knowledge and application of specialized techniques inherent to agency
operations. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, technical, and clerical employees.
By state law, any candidate for the position of Assistant State Forester must hold at least a bachelor’s
degree in forestry, forest management or forest engineering and have considerable forestry
experience. Additionally, any well-qualified candidate will have the following preferred qualifications:
• Be a Registered Forester licensed to practice forestry in the State of Alabama.
• Ten years of progressively responsible experience with organizational management in forest
management, and/or wildland fire mitigation or suppression, including experience at the level
of a Work Unit Manager or higher with the Alabama Forestry Commission or an equivalent
position with another organization
• Supervisory experience in program management, administration, budgeting and operations
with proven organizational and communication skills
• Evaluation of training and experience as indicated on resume and a personal interview.
HOW TO APPLY
• Apply by submitting cover letter and resume to Alabama Forestry Commission Personnel
Office by email: email@example.com. For additional information please
contact Nikki Barnes at (334) 462-7159.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
• Submissions meeting the minimum requirements will be considered for interview.
The recording of our June 2020 “Prescribed Fire 101” webinar with Dr. Kevin Robertson is now available on the Southern Fire Exchange YouTube Channel. This one-hour webinar provides a brief review of the basic reasons for using prescribed fire as well as some of the techniques and tools that go along with the practice.Continue Reading
Biological Science Technician (Fire Effects Monitor)
Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, MS
National Park Service
The SFE-NC Prescribed Fire Council Prescribed Fire in Piedmont Hardwoods webinar is now available on the SFE YouTube Channel. Sharon Bischoff, Mountain Region Biologist with North Carolina State Parks, Dr. Chris Moorman, Professor and Coordinator of the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Dan Dey, Research Forester for the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station discuss the history, wildlife impacts, and silviculture of prescribed fire in Piedmont hardwood systems.Continue Reading