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Winter 2016 SAFE Newsletter
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SAFE is the Student Section of the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE). SAFE was established in 2000 by graduate students at UC Davis from a variety of academic disciplines who shared a strong interest in fire ecology and related issues. SAFE now consists of a network of campus chapters from across the US. SAFE aims to provide students from diverse backgrounds with an open forum on fire ecology through which research can be shared, networks formed, and funding and information resources can be accessed. 

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Meet the 2016 National SAFE Officer Team
Leslie Fowler - President
Leslie is a senior at the University of Idaho; she is a double major in Fire Ecology and Management and Ecology and Conservation Biology.  As president, she is working to promote a communication network among chapters and creating a new Resource Cache for chapters.  She loves to connect with members, answer questions, and listen to suggestions, so feel free to contact her.
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Leonard Rios - Vice-President
Leonard is studying fire ecology as a graduate student at Humboldt State University.  His project is focused on growth and defense responses of old growth sugar pine to prescribed fire in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. In the future he hopes to focus on strengthening relationships between all stakeholders invested in potential prescribed burn units (in whichever location he winds up in) so that educated, and mutually beneficial, compromises can be made in order to safely re-introduce fire to fire-dependent landscapes.
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Taylor Barton - Training and Education Officer
Taylor is a junior at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.  He is studying Forestry with an emphasis in forest management; later he plans to pursue a career with the U.S. Forest Service. As the Training and Education officer, he works to help coordinate travel for SAFE members to TREX events among other duties.
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Chapter Spotlights
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Colorado State University
CSU SAFE has been very active participating in TREX events and taking post-fire effects measurements on prescribed burn units.  This semester they are planning on hosting guest speakers from a variety of genera relating to fire.  They are working on providing more opportunities for their members to gain field experience in wildland firefighting.

Humboldt State University
Humboldt is organizing their annual spring speaker series and working on future volunteer projects. They helped members attend the annual Klamath TREX in Orleans, California and sent several members to the Fire Congress in San Antonio last November.

Texas Tech University
The Texas Tech chapter of SAFE is maintaining the fire cache for their prescribed burning program, running pack tests for firefighter certification, providing technical training, and recruiting guest speakers to discuss fire careers. The primary focus of this chapter is professional development and is constantly growing their membership.

University of Idaho
The UI SAFE chapter is gearing up to assist with prescribed burns on the Disney Preserve in Florida with The Nature Conservancy.  In the past, they have participated in the Nebraska TREX and helped with other, more local, prescribed fires.  Last month they held their annual Fire Whirl party; this winter potluck was a gathering for members and friends to relax before finals, win some door prizes, and share some delicious food!

University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou)
The Mizzou SAFE chapter, aka the Tiger Fire Crew, is working on a Memorandum of Understanding between the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University, to facilitate fire students getting red carded. They are building partnerships with the city parks and city schools (different prairie restoration sites), as well as assisting on burns at a local state park, the county prescribed burn co-op, the Audubon Society, and the Center for Agroforestry. They are expanding membership through having movie nights and guest speakers at the meetings, to keep things interesting.

University of Montana
The UM SAFE chapter was able to prep and burn ~22 acres on the Lubrecht Experimental Forest. This burn plan was written by students and during the burn, UM Firecenter Scientists monitored the burn with cameras and instruments. Last Fall they organized a field trip to Mann Gulch with 12 students. We discussed the management decisions, fuel loading, and weather conditions that resulted in the deaths of 13 firefighters. Their chapter goal is to organize field trips to historical locations in fire management, arrange tours of fire facilities, and place students in management roles during prescribed fire activities. We try to actively network with local crew supervisors, forest managers, and fire scientists.

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
They spent winter break working on burning phragmites. Also, they are sending 20 members to Gold-Head State Park and Sebastian River Preserve State Park in Florida.  They will be assisting them with prescribed burns for a week.  They are sending 4 people to the Wildland & Incident Management Academy in Colorado for the class, Certified Burner: Intro to Agency Burn Boss.

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