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Teton Interagency Fire Effects Crew Receives Regional USFS Award
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
In June 2012, the Teton Interagency Fire Ecology/Fire Effects Program was honored by Regional Forester Harv Forsgren with the 2011 Forest Service Intermountain Region Fire and Fuels Award.¬†
Established in 1999, the Teton Interagency Fire Effects crew is responsible for monitoring fire and vegetation effects within Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The crew collects information on wildland and prescribed fires, as well as mechanical fuels treatment projects. This information has allowed fire managers to determine the effectiveness of treatments and design better projects. The fire effects staff was also noted for their collaboration with other agencies and researchers, including Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Rocky Mountain Research Station. Data collected, analyzed and shared by the program encourages scientific application of fuels treatments and promotes the public‚??s overall understanding of fire.¬†
“The Fire Ecology/Fire Effects program is one of the cornerstones of the Teton Interagency Fire Program,” said Assistant Forest Fire Management Officer Andy Norman. “It has been recognized nationally by both the National Park Service and Forest Service for its interagency cooperation and the high quality work.”
The staff includes Fire Ecologist Diane Abendroth; Fire Effects Crew Lead Jon Freeman; Asst. Crew Lead Kaleb Stromberg; crew members Jessica Haddon, Carly Monahan and Joseph Vaughn; and Martha Williamson, fire planner and fire effects coordinator for the Forest Service.
Contact: Jon Freeman, Fire Effects Module Supervisor
Phone: (307) 739-3667