Prescribed Fire Education & Training

Part 3: Building the Fire Program Team & Education & Training Content

Carrie Berger Oregon State University Campus

Daniel Leavell Oregon State University Campus

Aaron Groth, Clatstop County Extension, Astoria FSA: Coast Amanda Rau Lane County Extension, Eugene FSA: Willamette Valley and North Cascades Chris Adlam Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center, Central Point FSA: Southwest Ariel Cowan Deschutes County Extension, Redmond FSA: Central John Rizza Union County Extension, La Grande FSA: Northeast Katherine Wollstein Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Burns FSA: Southeast



Had 2020 been a typical year, the Fire Program team could have been hired and onboarded relatively quickly and then started to develop the education material. But the COVID-19 pandemic slowed everything to a crawl. FNR was able to hire its Fire Program Manager, Carrier Berger, in May 2020, but it took several months to assemble the rest of the team. In July, Daniel Leavell came on board as the Extension statewide fire specialist. By January 2021, we finally had hired all six

regional fire specialists, each covering a Fire Service Area (FSA) (see map), bringing the team to eight.

Due to the immediate need and training request from the NRCS, we decided to start developing the prescribed fire education and training content even before the whole team was on board. We gave ourselves six months to get it ready for a beta test in spring 2021.


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