We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Jared Childress as ACR’s prescribed fire specialist, effective August 13, 2018. As a member of ACR’s science and stewardship staff, Jared will identify and assess units for prescribed fire or other vegetation management treatments on ACR lands and on the lands of our partner agencies and land owners/managers. He will work with our current staff to write burn plans, and interface with fire agencies, the air quality management districts, and our neighbors and community members.

Director of Stewardship Jeanne Wirka expresses our collective delight at filling this much-needed staff position, “Jared is joining ACR at a super-exciting time. The ACR stewardship staff at all of our preserves are looking forward to working with him to implement the objectives of our growing Fire Forward program.”

Jared holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College, a Wildland Firefighter II certificate, has participated in a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX), and trained as a Wilderness First Responder.

Prior to joining ACR, Jared served as the land steward and community wildfire organizer for the East Bay community of Canyon, building community relations between landowners, utilities and state and local fire agencies. Jared’s commitment to the whole system includes community education, most recently as the director of education and watershed restoration at Spaulding Marine Center, and field research, including past experience tracking pumas for UCSC Puma Project, tracking wolves for the Yellowstone Wolf Project, and monitoring coastal rangelands for Point Blue's Range Monitoring Network. Jared is a member of the Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council, Society of Rangeland Management and the California Native Plant Society.

“The seeds of conservation were planted early,” says Jared, who grew up on a working cattle ranch in coastal California and became aware of the detrimental effects of overgrazing as well as the degradation of diverse ecosystems from decades of fire suppression. “I am extremely excited about the fertile work ahead with ACR's Fire Forward program and I hope to utilize my experience in applied ecology to help our neighbors, conservation partners and other landowners create safer communities while fostering ecologically resilient wildlands.”

Please join us in welcoming Jared to the ACR community!

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QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FIRE FORWARD PROGRAM: jared.childress@egret.org or 707.938.4554 ext. 309

LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESCRIBED FIRE

7/16/18: KQED/FORUM Panel discussed the hope for increased pace and scale of controlled burns, including a profile of their use on Bouverie Preserve: https://www.kqed.org/science/1927354/controlled-burns-can-help-solve-californias-fire-problem-so-why-arent-there-more-of-them

 

8/7/18: KQED/FORUM As wildfires across the state rage on, Governor Brown and some lawmakers are calling for increased forest thinning to lessen the threat posed by fires. Those in favor of logging say that removing trees and vegetation can help reduce a fire's intensity and make forests more resilient. Opponents say thinning does nothing to protect communities from fires and imperils species that depend on dense forests. Listen to the debate: https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101866607/can-more-logging-help-prevent-california-wildfires