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AFE committees are groups of dedicated volunteers who help the organization work toward meeting its mission. Any AFE member is welcome to join a committee, and we value the varied experiences, ideas, and motivation that new committee volunteers bring.  

 

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AFE has the following committees (see below for descriptions):

Awards Committee
Certification Committees
Conference Committee
Education Committee
Finance Committee
Fund Development Committee
Governance Committee
Journal and Publications Committee
Member Development & Services

Outreach and Media Committee
SAFE Mentoring & Liaison Committee
Sections Committee
Workforce Committee

  

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee solicits nominations for the Biswell, Stoddard, International, and Student Excellence Awards, and presents the awards at AFE's regional fire ecology conferences and international fire ecology and management congresses.  The committee also reviews and awards  TREE grants and the Mike daLuz Memorial Student Scholarship. Learn more about AFE awards.

Committee Chair: Brian Oswald

Committee Members: Adam Watts, Ron Masters, Tim Ingalsbee

Certification Committees

AFE’s two Certification Committees are both composed of at least three to four members, and are responsible for managing and administering AFE's Wildland Fire Professional Certification  and  Wildland Fire Academic Program Certification Programs. All committee members must be members of AFE and should be appointed by the AFE Board of Directors (Board) for two-year terms. It is recommended that at least two members at any given time on a committee will have previous experience serving on the committee and evaluating applications. The committees will operate under the direction of the AFE Board.  The chair of each committee is also a member of the AFE Board who will participate in all committee activities, be responsible for communications to the AFE Board, coordinate application reviews, and present the committee’s recommendations to the AFE Board for approval by the annual deadline. Each committee will be comprised of the following: 1) A Committee Chair who serves on the AFE Board  2) An Inter-Committee Liaison who serves on both the Professional and Academic Committee  3) An Education Committee Liaison who serves on one of the Certification Committees and the AFE Education Committee  4) At least one at-large member who participates in all of the committee's activities.

Committee Co-Chairs for both Certification Committees: Gus SmithBob Keane

Professional Certification Committee Members: Bob Keane, Ron Masters, Gus Smith, Brian Van Winkle, Neil Sugihara, Penny Morgan

Academic Certification Committee Members: Gus Smith, Chad Hoffman, Brandon Collins, at large position open

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee identifies future regional fire ecology conferences and international fire ecology and management congresses, finds partners, and provides significant assistance to conference steering and program committees to ensure successful conferences that meet the high standards of AFE. Check out our upcoming conferences.

Committee Chair: Geoff Babb and Mark Kaib

Committee Members: Karin Riley, Chris Dunn, Annie Oxarart, Timothy Ingalsbee, Leda Kobziar, Diego Pérez Salicrup

Education Committee

The Education Committee provides a forum for dialogue on fire ecology and management training and education, promotes the development of higher education programs in the areas of fire ecology and management, and serves as a liaison between the student section (SAFE) and the AFE Board. 

Committee Co-Chairs: Andrea Thode and Heather Heward

Committee Members: Neil Sugihara, Gus Smith, Jeff Kane, Brandon Collins, Alistair Smith, Chris Dunn, Chad Hoffman, Molly Hunter, Lynn Wells, Leda Kobziar, Penny Morgan

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee reviews the financial status of the organization on a quarterly basis. Assists the Treasurer and Administrative Director in developing the annual budget and proposes to the AFE Board modifications to the approved budget based on financial status. Reviews annually all tax filings and also reviews the costs and adequacy of insurance coverage.

Committee Chair: Position Open

Committee Members: Karin Riley, Pamela Sikkink

Fund Development Committee

The Fund Development Committee plans and develops a fundraising program for AFE through external grants and other activities outside of income raised through membership dues.  Activities include fund development, endowment, and bequests.

Committee Chair: Position Open

Committee Members: Adam Watts, Karin Riley

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee solicits nominations for future AFE Board members and officers and conducts annual elections. Performs an annual review of the AFE bylaws and recommends any changes to the AFE Board.

Committee Chair: Position Open

Committee Members: Jessica Miesel, Leda Kobziar, Adam Watts, Karin Riley, Chris Dicus

Journal and Publications Committee

The Journal and Publication Committee oversees the development, review, and publication of AFE’s peer-reviewed journal, Fire Ecology, and produces bulletins, proceedings, and other publications. 

Committee Chair: Sharon Hood

Committee Members: Francisco Seijo, Karin Riley, Leda Kobziar, Rachel Loehman

Member Development & Services

Supports recruitment and maintenance of AFE membership. Works to grow AFE membership through network building and identification of collaboration or partnership activities/ events. 

Committee Chair: Eric Knapp

Committee members: Chris Dunn, Annie Oxarart, Leda Kobziar 

Outreach and Media Committee

The Outreach and Media Committee informs scientists, managers, policymakers, journalists, and the general public about AFE's mission, goals, programs, and events to promote an increased understanding of fire ecology and its role in ecosystems and land management.

Committee Chair: Position Open

Committee Members: Zach Prusak, Francisco Siejo, Leda Kobziar, Penny Morgan, Dan Godwin, Rachel Reimer, Philip Stewart, Jane Park, Eric Knapp

SAFE Mentoring & Liaison Committee

The SAFE Mentoring and Liaison Committee works to support the activities of the Student section of AFE. Learn more about SAFE.

 Committee Chair: Chris Dunn

Committee Members: SAFE President and Vice President, Tim Ingalsbee, Brian Oswald

Sections Committee

The Section Committee helps fire ecologists organize both nationally and internationally and provides support for new sections. Learn more about AFE sections.

Committee Chair: Position Open

Committee Members: Chris Dicus

Workforce Committee

The workforce Committee works on human resources issues for both staff and contractors.

Committee Chair: Karin Riley

Committee Members: Annie Oxarart, Tim Ingalsbee, Bob Keane, Leda Kobziar, Jessica Miesel, Adam Watts, Chris Dunn, Brandon Collins

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