Burning for Attention at National Convention
Greg Titus and Tim Hepola speak with convention goers about FWS Fire Management across the nation. - USFWS
For the second year in a row, FWS Fire Management and the Prescribed Fire Training Center have had exhibits at the Annual National Society of American Foresters Convention. The FWS Fire Management booth was staffed by Greg Titus, Fire Management Officer and Tim Hepola Fire Ecologist. Greg Titus said, "Many of the students we spoke with do not know how active the Fish and Wildlife Service using prescribed fire in the fire-dependent habitats. It was great to talk with them and share my passion for using fire as a tool."
The Prescribed Fire Training Center Booth was staffed by Jennifer Hinckley, Prescribed Fire Specialist and Josh Havird, Wildland Fire Fighter. Josh Havird commented , “I spent a lot of time explaining to as many of the 1500 convention attendees as I could about the goals of the Prescribed Fire Training Center, which are to teach and give opportunities to learn about prescribed fire in the class room but mostly on the ground. “
Questions from visitors to the booths ranged from how is fire managed across the nation, where are the National Wildlife Refuges located regionally and nationally, and how can I get a job in wildland fire?
Both booths included a large full-colored background display, tables of informational materials, and monitors showing a rotation of PFTC fire-related images in forested ecosystems or a video on how FWS incorporates planned fires into the habitats. The booths were on display at the convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico from October 27th through the 29th.
Tim Hepola shares the opportunities from PFTC with a conventioner in Albuquerque last month. -USFWS