Why Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX)?
The Cascadia TREX program is a direct response to the growing need to demonstrate local leadership and innovative solutions towards our common goals of inreasing the quality, pace and scale of fire-adapted ecosystem restoration and creation of fire-adapted communities. There is a need for collaboration between local, state, federal, tribal, non-governmental organizations, and private individuals to achieve our shared goal of increasing the application of prescribed fire for ecological, economic, and human benefits.
What to Expect
This is a two-week training event. The program consists of approximately 2-3 days of classroom and field sessions, up to 8 days of live-fire operations, and final day of discussion and wrap-up. The exact schedule and mix of activities will be contingent upon weather and fuel conditions that will dictate when, where, and how training will take place.
Day to day activities will change depending on conditions - we may burn one day, prep a burn unit the other, and attend a field trip the day after. As a participate your role may also change throughout TREX. You may be in a leadership position or you may be working to support the team to provide others the opportunity to lead and learn.
TREX staff will do their best to create as many position taskbook training and evaluation opportunities as safely possible. However, no guarantee can be made regarding the number of trainee assignments that will be available or the completion of position taskbooks during TREX.
Cascadia TREX focuses on the following themes:
Ecological and social landscape of fire-adapted ecocsystems
Prescribed fire planning and operations
Fire effects and treatment effectiveness monitoring
Communications, public outreach & media relations
More information about TREX can be found here.