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IFTDSS for prescribed fire plans

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You can enroll yourself in this on-demand online course once you enter the Wildland Fire Learning Portal. Select “How to Use IFTDSS for Rx Burn Plans” on the righthand side.

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Alternatives to burning slash offered in virtual training by DEQ, ODF and NRCS

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon’s Natural Resources Conservation Service have teamed up to offer a training about slash management.

The training will cover alternatives to burning, federal cost shares and forest management planning, as well as other resources available for safely managing slash with an eye toward reducing potential impacts to air quality. Slash is forest debris or woody vegetation left after harvest on timberland.

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Becoming Firewise: Fire resistant landscapes and homes class

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Description: This Free class teaches techniques and practices for protecting your home and property from damage associated with fire outside the home, especially wildfire. It covers:

  • Fire safe practices around the home to prevent fires
  • The basics of fire behavior as applied to the “Home Ignition Zone”
  • Landscaping techniques
  • Plant selection
  • Construction choices

There are steps that all home and property owners can take that can pay huge dividends. We’ll break down the barriers and explore ways to reduce your risk and keep your infrastructure and community safer from fire. Learning materials will be provided plus there will be Door Prizes!

Guest Speakers: John Rizza, Regional Fire Specialist, Northeast Oregon, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program, Oregon State University Extension Service, and Al Crouch, Fire Mitigation Specialist, Vale District Bureau of Land Management.

Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Boulevard
Science Center Room 104
Ontario, OR 97914

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Basic identification of grasses: A 2-day short course

The Basic Identification of Grasses two-day short course covers the unique taxonomy of about 50 different grasses and grass-like plant genera. This class is for beginner through intermediate agrostologists and will include basic terminology, dissection, and use of a dichotomous key for identification. You will also learn how to collect and press grasses for future reference or for the purpose of mailing to others for identification/verification. The class may be taken for 1 unit of optional credit at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).

When: Class will be March 14-15 OR 16-17, 2022

Where: 300G of Fleischman Agriculture, University of Nevada, Reno

How: Sign up by contacting the instructor, Arnold (Jerry) Tiehm | [email protected] | 775-742-9180. Be sure to include your preferred class date and indicate whether or not you want to receive class credit.

Cost: $ 150 for non-students, $ 80 for students. Bring cash or check (made to Board of Regents) to the first day of class.

Details: Class will be 8 am -5 pm with a one-hour lunch break. Tea and coffee will be provided.


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Mitigation Best Practices Training

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This national level training from Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc. and the USDA Forest Service is designed for current or future mitigation specialists, wildfire program leads, and others who work with residents and their communities to reduce wildfire risk. The Mitigation Best Practices training concentrates on science, methods and tools that will help you engage communities/residents while also helping you to eliminate ineffective practices.

Participants should come with a basic understanding of wildfire, how homes burn, and vegetation management practices. The course assumes you know how to mitigate, but that you could use support engaging your community. In this workshop, you will work through some of the greatest challenges facing our wildland urban interface communities. The course will help you break down ineffective practices to make space for the more effective ones with a focus on the on-the-ground mitigation activities.

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Basic fire facts- A story map from NW Fire Science Consortium

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This Fire Facts guide was created to provide basic wildfire information, background, terminology, and resources to increase your knowledge and understanding of wildland fire and the ways we can all contribute to better fire outcomes.

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Successful vegetation management practices in the sagebrush-steppe

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This learning series responds to Section 7.b.iii, Action Item #5 within the Fuels section of the 2015 Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy, which calls for a comprehensive knowledge transfer program to enhance the fuels management program’s role in sagebrush-steppe management. The Strategy is intended to improve the efficiency and efficacy of actions to address rangeland fire, to better prevent and suppress rangeland fire, and improve efforts to restore fire-impacted landscapes.
The learning modules synthesize the state of the science for six management topics:

  • Background and origins of the conservation problems facing the sagebrush steppe and greater sage-grouse
  • Understanding and applying the concepts of resistance and resilience
  • Management of sagebrush ecosystems experiencing conifer encroachment
  • Management of sagebrush ecosystems at risk of or invaded by invasive annual grasses
  • Restoration of sagebrush steppe ecosystems
  • Issues specific to the eastern range of greater sage-grouse
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Online Fire and Natural Resources Courses from the University of Idaho

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The University of Idaho (UI) offers a variety of online fire and natural resources courses with Great Basin content.  These courses and degree programs can help you develop as a professional and succeed in fire and natural resources management. View the list of online courses or certificate and degree programs. Consider taking one or more online courses, a certificate or enroll in a degree program. This is a great option as many professionals are place-bound, face limits on travel budgets, and are challenged to effectively accomplish science-based management on the ground to address pressing needs for management and conservation in Great Basin ecosystems and beyond.

The Fire Ecology, Management and Technology Certificate and the Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree can be completed entirely online — without ever coming to campus, and at in-state tuition rates for all.

As many professionals are place-bound and face limits on travel, these online training options can help practitioners accomplish science-based management on the ground to address land management challenges in the Great Basin and beyond.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

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FireWorks Master Class

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FireWorks is an educational program about the science of wildland fire, designed for students in grades K-12. Educator workshops are offered each year to teach educators, community leaders, and agency communicators how to use FireWorks. Two research projects have shown that FireWorks increases student and adult understanding of wildland fire.

FireWorks provides students with interactive, hands-on materials to study wildland fire. It is highly interdisciplinary and students learn about properties of matter, chemical and physical processes, ecosystem fluctuations and cycles, habitat and survival, and human interactions with ecosystems. Students using FireWorks ask questions, gather information, analyze and interpret it, and communicate their discoveries.


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Communications for Conservation – Online Courses

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The online Graduate Certificate in Communications for Conservation at Colorado State University offers conservation practitioners and communicators a holistic program for learning ideas, skills, and tools to communicate and engage with a wide range of public stakeholders, including media and communications specialists, decision-makers and thought leaders, other scientists, and everyday citizens.

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