News Release Date: April 12, 2017
Contact: Tina Boehle, 208.387.5875
Park fire management officers, along with regional and national fire management staff gathered in Boise the week of March 20 to focus on “Changing Climates – Environmental, Fiscal & Human.”
The climate change theme was woven throughout the three-day meeting with scientific, operational, fiscal, technological, and demographic presentations and discussions. Networking opportunities were also built into the agenda, as the group has not had a similar gathering since 2010.
Case studies from Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks and Big Cypress National Preserve highlighted best practices, lessons learned, and challenges by the field for the field, from which all could learn.
Awards were presented from the regional and national levels.
- Alaska Region:
- Appreciation Award - Jason Devcich, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
- Appreciation Award - Larry Weddle, Denali National Park
- Intermountain Region:
- The Paul Gleason Memorial Keeper of the Flame Award - John Cataldo and Todd Opperman for Yellowstone National Park
- The Ken Castro Memorial Excellence in Wildland Fire Management Award - Chip Collins, for Grand Teton National Park
- Midwest Region:
“Remember to take care of each other, your employees, and yourselves, and don’t be afraid to ask for help,” stated Dan Buckley, Branch Chief for National Park Service Wildland Fire Management. He concluded with this thought along with the hope that the next gathering will not be seven years away. The next national meeting of National Park Service fire management staff is planned for no later than 2020.