About SAFE

What is SAFE?

SAFE is the Student Section of the Association for Fire Ecology. SAFE was established in 2000 by a group of graduate students at the University of California, Davis from a variety of academic disciplines, who shared a strong interest in fire ecology and related issues. SAFE now consists of a network of campus chapters.

SAFE provides travel grants to SAFE members wishing to attend annual AFE conferences, mentor functions at AFE conferences, and promotes chapter panel discussions, speakers and activities. We continue to look for opportunities to network with students at other universities.


SAFE group picture taken at The ’88 Fires: Yellowstone and
Beyond Conference, 2008
SAFE Objective

SAFE aims to provide students with diverse backgrounds with an open forum on fire ecology through which research can be shared, networks formed, and funding and information resources can be accessed.



Dr. Brian Oswald and SAFE member Amanda Bataineh at the poster session in Spokane.
How to Establish a SAFE Chapter

For information on establishing a SAFE Chapter at your university, please see the guide below or contact the SAFE officers below.
SAFE New Chapter Guidebook

2013 SAFE Officers

President:  Kevin Moriarty, Chapter: Colorado State University  knmoriarty@hotmail.com
Vice President:  Jena Ferrarese, Chapter: University of Montana   jenaferrarese@hotmail.com
Secretary:  Kristen Miller, Chapter: Univ of Wisconsin, Steven’s Point  Kristen.L.Miller@uwsp.edu
Treasurer:  Larry Lee, Chapter: University of Montana  leelarryj@gmail.com

SAFE Chapter Dues Reimbursement–Due December 1, 2014

AFE will redistribute dues from SAFE members back to local chapters upon request from the chapter coordinator.  Coordinators will organize new members to join their chapter at the beginning of the school year.  Students registered in SAFE chapters through their AFE membership as of the date the form is submitted will qualify to have their membership dues sent back to their local chapter.  Chapters must have faculty advisors to qualify to receive this reimbursement.  The completed form must be returned to AFE by December 1 to receive the funds.  Simply download the form, complete it, and send as an email attachment to: office@fireecology.net.

DOWNLOAD: SAFE Funds Reimbursement Form

SAFE Chapter Grants–Due December 6, 2014

SAFE chapters that are recognized through AFE are eligible for grants of up to $1,000.  To apply, complete our online Grant Application.  Grants applications are due 12/6/13 at Midnight, Pacific Standard Time.  You will be notified by email when the grant decisions have been made.

Grant Criteria
(1) Demonstrate need for funding
(2) Provide deliverables from your student organization. (i.e. acres treated, conferences, training)
(3) Provide positive outcomes grant funding will support.
(4) Demonstrate stability and longevity of your student organization

SAFE Constitution:

>> Read the SAFE Constitution

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Don’t forget to check out the Upcoming Conferences page to see more details about events in the near future and find out what opportunities are available for students, such as Travel Grants, volunteer opportunities, SAFE meetings and other activities, mentor events, opportunities to present papers and posters, and more!

  • Fire Training Opportunities

Although listing every wildland, prescribed fire,  and fire ecology training course is beyond the scope of this website, the websites below are good places to start looking for training.  Be sure to contact your local organizations for additional opportunities.