About SAFE

SAFE is the Student Section of the Association for Fire Ecology. 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 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 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 SAFE New Chapter Guidebook or contact one of the officers below:

2017 SAFE Officers 

Carrie Minerich, President

Chapter: University of Idaho


Peter Noble, Vice President

Chapter: University of Idaho


Kayla Johnston, Training & Education Officer

Oregon State University


Get Involved

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!  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.

SAFE Chapter Grants–

The deadline is now closed.

AFE-recognized SAFE chapters are eligible for up to $1,000. Applications are due by Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5pm PST We recommend copying and pasting longer answers from a Word document for your convenience.  If you have questions about the SAFE grant, please contact SAFE President Leslie Fowler.

In the following questions, we will ask you to:

1. Demonstrate need for funding

2. Provide deliverables for your student organization (e.g. acres treated, conferences, training)

3. Provide positive outcomes grant funding will support

4. Demonstrate stability and longevity of your student organization

5. Provide a budget outline on how the money will be used

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