FLN Networker No. 232: March 15, 2017
North Carolina: Earlier this month, The Nature Conservancy and NC Forest Service conducted a 386-acre first-entry burn on the Conservancy’s Silver Run Preserve, with assistance from the Great Smokies NP, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Jackson County EMS and the Cashiers-Glenville FD. It was the first aerially-ignited controlled burn in District 9—about 85 percent of the unit burned, which is exceptional and should result in significant top-kill of rhododendron. The team offered special acknowledgement to Tim Howell (NC Forest Service D9 Forester), Paul Pittman (Jackson County Ranger) and Benji Reece (D9 Ranger) for prioritizing this burn on a Southern Blue Ridge FLN demonstration site, and for making it a go on a weekend. In addition, the “resources brought out by the Cashiers-Glenville FD were more than we could have hoped for and that such a tremendous help, and thanks to NPS Smokies folks for coming over and doing the lion’s share of the lighting / crashing through some pretty tough brush.” For more, contact Adam Warwick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jobs: Vets in Fire / Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist / Wildland Fire Crew / WUI Coordinators
Vets in Fire: The USFS Southern Region will hire up to 20 veterans to fill entry-level positions that include training in prescribed fire and suppression. Several of the possible duty locations are in Central Appalachians or Southern Blue Ridge FLN landscapes. Details are in the attached flyer; applications are due March 17.