|Fall burning projects in New Mexico by the AHAL. Photos: The Forest Stewards Guild|
The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild are working together to increase the use of prescribed fire to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is unique in that it is designed to stand-up a fully qualified team to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions. The practice of prescribed fire promotes ecological health in frequent fire forests, reduces hazardous fuels thereby protecting nearby communities, and reduces the intensity and size of future wildfires.
The Forest Stewards Guild will mobilize the Burn Team for prescribed burns this fall, winter, and in the spring of 2019.
“This Burn Team is a culmination of work and partnerships that began over ten years ago to improve forest health, protect nearby communities from wildfire, and to protect watersheds.” says Forest Stewards Guild Southwest Director Eytan Krasilovsky. “We have excellent collaborative restoration partners that are once again coming together to learn and burn together.”
The goal of the Burn Team is to get ahead of prescribed fire backlogs on federal, state and tribal lands to support private landowners' use of prescribed fire. The Burn Team increases the capacity of existing efforts and serves as a stand-alone organization that can complete burns with insured and qualified burn bosses.
Find out more about the Burn Team here.