About us: We are a group of primarily Forestry and Natural Resource Management students who are either wildland firefighters during the summer, or are interested in becoming wildland firefighters. Experience levels cover the whole range, but we are all students of fire interested in furthering or beginning our careers in the woods.

What we do: Our club does three things for its members. We meet once a month to hang out and swap stories or do sand table exercises, and try to have a recent graduate come by and share some wisdom or advice. The goal of our meetings is first to create networking opportunities, and second to introduce folks to some to of the ideas and possibilities of the job.

This leads into our second goal, which is to use our connections and past work experiences to get newcomers jobs. The hardest thing about starting in wildland is landing your first job, and we aim to help out with references and past relationships to assist in that process.

Third we try to get people experience with prescribed fire over spring break. It is a great resume builder, as well as providing invaluable experience on a fireline for the first time. In my time at CSU we have gone to TREX programs in Nebraska as well as burning with TNC in the Missouri Ozarks. These burns have allowed people to have a little bit of experience going into their first day on the job and several club members have landed jobs through these opportunities.

Plans for this spring: We will be heading back to the Missouri Ozarks this spring break to work with the Nature Conservancy on a project they have going on. We will probably do prep work for a couple days and burn three days, depending on the weather. We are also planning on a couple of PT hikes in addition to our regular meetings every three weeks.

  • Meeting Schedule
    • Tuesday Feb 27, 530 pm @ Avogadro’s Number
    • Tuesday March 27, 530 pm @ TBD
    • Tuesday April 24, 530 pm @ TBD

Fall of 2017 in review: We met several times and talked about how to get fire jobs, how to use USAJobs, and what it looks like to be a wildland firefighter. We applied for and received a grant from the national Association for Fire Ecology which is funding our spring break trip.

The CSU Chapter of the Student Association for Fire Ecology meets the last Wednesday of each month from 5 – 6 PM.  To get club updates, subscribe to our emails by choosing the SAFE-L list on the CSU ListServ.

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CSU FIRELAB Discussion Group

The CSU Fire Lab is an informal group open to anyone interested in fire (typically professors, students, USFS, USGS, CSFS, and other agency personnel).  Readings and discussion topics for the seminar will be sent over the FireLab listserve.  In addition to guest led seminars, discussion topics range from recent journal articles to practice presentations by members for upcoming conferences or job interviews.

To join, subscribe to the FIRELAB-L email list on the CSU ListServ.

You must be a member of the listserv in order to send messages to the list. Please remember the Listserv is a public forum.  Faculty, students and non-csu people all contribute and read postings.  Please keep it professional.

Special Events

SAF Convention

Local Professional Chapter Meetings

SAF Field Days

Volunteer Opportunities

The Colorado State Forest Service’s (CSFS) unique structure as a part of Warner College of Natural Resources allows us to have a very strong partnership the the agency. Many volunteer opportunities are available for students across a broad range of forestry topics, ranging from invasive species removal to community outreach work, with many more in between.

Come to our meetings to find out more about upcoming events and/or sign up to the CSFS mailing list and get full details whenever they are available. Most weekends have some sort of volunteer activity available and CSFS is always looking for more people! For further information on CSFS volunteer events and opportunities, contact either Nancy Klasky (nancy.klasky@colostate.edu) for general inquiries and getting on the mailing list or Jamie Dahl (jamie.dahl@colostate.edu) for nursery-related volunteer opportunities.

Sponsored Lecture Archive

SAFE has sponsored a number of talks and lectures in the past.  Topics have ranged from management and fire effects to perspectives on careers in fire ecology.  To learn more about lecture topics and authors.

Exotic Fires Of The World Seminar Series, 2006 Through 2007.

To make meetings more exciting, we came up with a catchy theme for the talks and invited anyone who was local with pretty pictures and a fun story to tell about fire, usually located in far off places to warm us up during the winter months. Talks occurred at our regular bi-weekly meetings.

Jeff Jahnke, Colorado State Forester, Colorado State Forest Service.  Big fires and big budgets in Alaska.

Brett Wolk, CSU Grad Student in Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship. Tom Swetnam and Jerry Franklin are coming to visit US!  Get ready and look out!

Matt Schultz, CSU grad student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Lava fires in Hawaii.

Dr. Ayn Shlisky, The Nature Conservancy World Fire Program. World fire regimes and opportunities to work in fire with NGO’s.

Dr. Marc Abrams, Penn State University. Restoring Fire in Eastern Oak Forests.

Mary Huffman, CSU Grad Student in Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship. Fire and Farming communities coexisting in Mexico.

Pre 2005 Guest Speakers At SAFE Meetings:

Pam Kaval, Ph.D. Student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU
Public perspectives on wild and prescribed fire

Leigh Lentile, Ph.D. Student, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU Fire effects and fire scar formation following the Jasper fire in the Black Hills, SD

Aaron Green, M.S. Student, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU Fire history in northern Arizona

Paul Evangelista, M.S. Student, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, CSU
Fire effects on exotic plant invasions in Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah

Nicole Macrury, Ph.D. Candidate, Fishery and Wildlife Biology, CSU Wildfire effects on riparian arthropod communities

Joe Wagenbrenner, M.S. Candidate, Earth Resources, CSU Effectiveness of post-fire rehabilitation treatments

Dr. Peter Brown, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research Perspectives on careers in fire ecology outside of government and academia

Francisco Senra, Ph.D. Student, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU Use of prescribed fire and fuel treatments in Spain

Sarah Converse, Ph.D. Student, Fishery and Wildlife Biology, CSU Fire effects on small mammal population dynamics

Brett Dickson, Ph.D. Student, Fishery and Wildlife Biology, CSU Impacts of fire and fuel treatments on avian communities

Paul Gleason, Instructor, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU
Chronology of events at the Cerro Grande fire in Los Alamos, NM

Dr. Natasha Kotliar, Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Ecological Science Center, Fire effects on avian communities

Dr. Bill Romme, Professor, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU Discussion with students on future of fire ecology in research and management

Margot Kaye, Ph.D. student, Department of Forest Science, CSU Fire and Native Americans in the southwest