Humboldt State University
During the fall, two members attended the Klamath TREX, a training exchange program that consists of many agencies, locals, and students with the goal of putting fire on the ground and gaining experience. Prior to winter break, we sent two members to attend the AFE conference in Tucson, Arizona. The club also hosted three guest speakers: a fire ecologist for the National Park Service, a fire prevention and training officer from the Forest Service, and a forestry, fuels, and fire manager from a non-profit. Our secretary also designed a logo for the chapter of a bigfoot holding a drip torch and a Pulaski that will be on our new hats. Overall, we have had a productive year and are excited to about next year's prospects. We will be holding officer elections shortly for the next academic school year. Additionally, we have several members that will be graduating this semester and pursuing careers both in the private and public sectors.
North Carolina State University
The NCSU chapter has conducted a couple burns on our college's Hill Forest. We burned a 33-acre clearcut harvest as site prep prior to planting improved loblolly pine. We also burned a 40-acre white oak/red maple shelterwood harvest unit to promote a transplanted community of Michaux's Sumac, a federally endangered shrub species. We are also continuing to raise funds to outfit a Type-6 engine. With our recent purchase of a slip-on unit and several types of hosing, we are well on our way. Our adviser Robert Mickler, our college, and the National Wild Turkey Federation have been vital to putting it all together.
Northern Arizona University
SAFE (Student Association for Fire Ecology) has been on fire this past year! From training wild land fire fighters to community service and educational outreach, SAFE has been becoming a great part of Northern Arizona's community. Highlights include Spring Break TREX in Nebraska, Kids for Conservation volunteerism, Collaboration with Rocky Mountain Research Station, trash clean up at Grand Falls and more.
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for details on these events and to find out what we have been up to, and where we plan to go!
Oregon State University
Over the past year, the Pyromaniacs at Oregon State University have been strengthening their prescribed fire skills and building their local partnerships. Last Spring they sent 7 members to the Oregon TREX events and this Spring they'll be sending 4 more. Last Fall, they helped their local TNC office burn around the Willamette Valley, OR. The Pyros also continue to meet weekly to discuss current research and management, and do outreach with local K-12 schools.
This year, the Berkeley chapter of SAFE has brought fire to the public, the schools, and the forest! In September, we participated in the California Academy of Sciences' Forest Nightlife event, helping to educate the public on the importance of fire to Californian forests. We've inspired the next generation of fire scientists through the Bay Area Science in Schools program (classroom visits to local elementary schools and after-school outreach events with families) and the Exploring Your Horizons program (introducing middle-school girls to STEM careers). These outreach activities have brought our chapter's message to approximately 30 adults and well over 200 K-12 students this year.
In addition to our outreach efforts, our chapter has cultivated fire training opportunities for our own members. Kate Wilkin represented the chapter at the Niobrara River Valley TREX, and several chapter members had the opportunity to participate in a prescribed burn at Blodgett Forest Research Station with University of California staff. We are looking forward to another active and productive year!
University of Idaho
In Fall 16-Spring 17 the University of Idaho Safe Chapter participated in prescribed fire operations with the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, The Nez Perce Tribes, USFWS Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, the Umatilla National Forest, and on the UIdaho Experimental Forest. A group of 5 students travelled to Florida for spring break to learn and burn in the Southeast. The club hosted The Nature Conservancy's Jeremy Bailey, UIdaho's fire acoustics researcher Dr. Kara Yedinak, and USFS fire managers. We received donations and purchased a total of 9 new fire packs from Nargear and Mystery Ranch, significantly updating our fire cache. Our Firefighter for Hire fundraising continues to connect us with our community and provides ongoing funding. We received a SAFE Chapter Grant to purchase a tablet to improve club organization and display pictures when we are tabling at events.
University of Missouri
Over the 2016-2017 school year, our members assisted 13 different agencies, private landowners, and contractors to burn a total of 888 acres. We had 5 members go through training to earn their red cards and become FFT2s. With grants from national AFE, funding from the University, and donations from the Forest Service we were able to purchase over $2000 worth of new equipment including Nomex shirts and pants, gloves, helmets, fire shelters, and handtools. We are currently holding elections and are looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year.
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Here at UWSP in the 2016-17 school year we have put on the basic certification course in each semester, and held additional training classes like S-131, S-211, and L-280. We received a TREE grant which helped send 6 students to the Southwest Fire Conference in Tucson, AZ this past fall. We have performed a handful of Rx burns on University research plots and for private landowners. This April, we had 4 fire ecology research posters take part in the College of Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Symposium. Our enrollment numbers into the Wildland Fire Science Program have been increasing recently.