Service Fire Program Gets Attention at National Forestry Convention
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Program booth made an impression on professionals and college students attending the 2009 Society for American Foresters Convention in Orlando, Florida. Fire staff Greg Titus and Jennifer Hinckley from St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, and Jim Durrwatcher, Director of the Prescribed Fire Training Center, traveled from the Tallahassee area to spend 3 days greeting hundreds of visitors and recruiting numerous students for potential employment.
“Our exhibit is by far a very good eye-catcher and has gotten a lot of good comments,” said Bob Eaton, Regional Fire Management Coordinator for the Southeast Region, who attended the convention. “Lots of folks here were not even aware we existed.”
“Nor do they know that we have forests,” added Hinckley. “So we were able to get a message to lots of people.” She estimates that about 900 people of the 1200 attending the convention stopped at the booth.
The booth included a large full-colored background display exhibiting the multi-dimensional role fire plays when managing wildlife habitat and protecting human and wildlife populations, a table of informational materials, and a monitor showing a rotation of fire-related images in forested ecosystems on Service lands and refuges. It was on display at the convention September 31 through October 2.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsors a booth with information about managing fire on forested FWS lands. USFWS
Greg Titus and Jennifer Hinckley, fire staff at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, greet visitors at the Society for American Foresters convention in Orlando, Florida. USFWS
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