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About SAFE

SAFE is the Student Section of the Association for Fire Ecology. 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.


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 was established in 2000 by graduate students at the University of California Berkeley and University of California Davis, who came from a variety of academic disciplines and shared a strong interest in fire ecology and related issues. SAFE now consists of a network of campus chapters.  To learn more, you can read the SAFE Constitution here.


SAFE members participate in a prescribed burn with The Nature Conversancy at Disney Wilderness Preserve in 2017. 
 

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

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, read the Chapter Startup Guide. You can also contact one of the officers below.


2018 SAFE Officers 

Peter Noble, President

Chapter: University of Idaho

peternoble@uidaho.edu


Caroline Martorano, Vice President

Chapter: Humboldt State University

cam68@humboldt.edu


Secretary/Treasurer

Position Open 

Email peternoble@uidaho.edu if interested


Training & Education Officer

Position Open

Email peternoble@uidaho.edu if interested


Get Involved

Check out the Upcoming Conferences webpage to      see 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! 


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 and regional fire science exchanges for additional opportunities.


SAFE Chapter Grants

Congratulations to the following chapters who received grants in 2018--a total of $4995 was distributed to fund requests such as attending TREX events, purchasing fire PPE, and attending conferences.   
  • Clemson University
  • Stephen F. Austin University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Colorado State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Northern Arizona State University
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