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Spring 2017 SAFE Newsletter
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What is SAFE?

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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  • How to start a SAFE chapter
  • A listing of current chapters
  • Details on SAFE student excellence awards
  • National Officers and their contact info
  • Upcoming events and deadlines and training opportunities
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If you have elected new chapter officers, please email Peter Noble,,  with your new contact information.
Meet the 2017 National SAFE Officer Team
Carrie A. Minerich ( ) - President
Carrie is a MS student at the University of Idaho studying soil processes and shrub response to burning in masticated fuel. Carrie is a fire ecologist with the BLM and plans a career in wildland fire research. As President, Carrie will strive to increase communication between AFE and the national SAFE officers with student members, to support student opportunities, and better connect chapters with one another. 

Peter Noble (  - Vice-President
Peter is a MS student at the University of Idaho studying technology transfer training for wildland fire science. Peter works as a senior firefighter on a USFS wildland fire module and plans to continue his career in wildland fire management. As Vice-President, he looks forward to supporting professional development of SAFE members, and involvement at both the chapter and national level. 

Kayla Johnston ( ) - Training & Education Officer
K ayla is a MS student at Oregon State University studying fire ecology and management. Her current research compares historical and current fire regime influence on dry ponderosa pine stand dynamics. She works as a firefighter on a USFS type II handcrew. Her career goals include: firefighting, teaching fire science and management, fuels planning, prescribed fire, and forest/fire management. As training and education officer she hopes to increase SAFE chapter participation in prescribed burning events, and coordinate NWCG course opportunities for students. 
We are excited to serve the student members over the next year! 
Chapter Spotlights
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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. Click HERE to read this semester's newsletter 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.

UC Berkeley
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.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Apply for an Officer Position with SAFE National
National SAFE has an opening for Secretary/Treasurer. This position is responsible for maintaining contact lists, publishing newsletters, providing our social media presence, maintaining national SAFE financial records, and assisting the other SAFE National Officers. You will work with the AFE Board of Directors and represent 16 active SAFE chapters. Please email Carrie Minerich, , if interested by August 31, 2017.
Become an AFE Conference Committee Member
Have you ever wanted to be part of something bigger than you? Did you know that students can serve on an AFE committee?    AFE is currently seeking student members to be on the Conference Committee, check out the AFE website  for more details. Contact Alan Long, to get involved with a conference committee.
Submit Content for the SAFE Newsletter
T he National Officers will be publishing three newsletters a year, a Spring, Fall, and Winter edition. We will be emailing the chapters again in the fall looking for content and pictures to highlight student activities.
Help Develop your Chapter's Website
We need content to fill the new SAFE website! Instructions and information can be found Here
Watch for the SAFE Constitution Revision
We are revising the SAFE constitution!  How will SAFE chapters be affected ? The major change is removing the policy of returning national membership dues to SAFE chapters however, we will continue with the chapter grant process. We will be sending the revised constitution out this fall for a chapter vote.
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