Applications open for the Urban Wild-F.I.R.E. Program

Applications for the 2020 Urban Wild-F.I.R.E. (Fire Integrative Research Experience) Workshop at Michigan State University (MSU) are now open.

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The program – made possible through collaborative efforts between the U.S. Forest Service, MSU and Tennessee State University – will be led by Dr. Asia Dowtin and Dr. Andy Vander Yacht of MSU Forestry; Dr. Quentin Tyler, MSU CANR Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Dr. De’Etra Young of Tennessee State University Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  

In this ten-day workshop (May 27-June 5), participants will learn about the social and environmental processes that impact and link urban and community forestry, fire ecology and wildland fire management. All curriculum materials will be offered through a combination of traditional classroom learning, field-based tours, demonstrations and training exercises across the state of Michigan. Core topics that will be covered include field and laboratory-based approaches to urban tree canopy assessment, fundamentals of urban land management and planning along the wildland-urban interface, introductory concepts in fire ecology and state-of-the art techniques in wildland fire management.

The workshop will also include panel discussions, during which participants will learn about potential career paths in urban forestry and wildland fire management and engage in dialogues that explore the complexities of pursuing such careers as a member of a traditionally underrepresented group.

As the field of Forestry grows and diversifies, so too must those who pursue degrees and careers in the discipline. The Urban Wild-F.I.R.E workshop was developed with this in mind, and aims to aid that growth by increasing access to educational and career-based opportunities in Forestry for aspiring professionals who have traditionally been underrepresented in the field.

Students from 1994 Land Grant Universities, 1890 Land Grant Universities, and other HBCUs are thus highly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 7, 2020.

For more information or to apply, please visit: for.msu.edu/urban-wild-fire.

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