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Expert in Prescribed Fires, Controlled Burns; Wildfire and Smoke Impacts on People, Vegetation, and Infrastructure

Expert ID: 736135 Oklahoma, USA

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Over 30 years of experience with conducting and consulting on prescribed fires, controlled burns. Work with wildfire and smoke impacts on people, vegetation, and infrastructure.
Expert has worked on over 15 court and insurance cases, completed written and oral reports, depositions, and courtroom testimony.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1990 Degree: M.S. Subject: Range Science Institution: Texas Tech University
Year: 1986 Degree: B.S. Subject: Plant Science Institution: Cameron University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Associate Extension Specialist Department: Responsibilities: 40% Extension, 35% Research, 25% Teaching
Years: 2006 to 2018 Employer: Oklahoma State University Title: Research Associate Department: Responsibilities: 38% Extension, 35% Research, 25% Teaching
Years: 1990 to 2006 Employer: Oklahoma State University Title: Research Station Superintendent Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1988 to 1990 Employer: Texas Tech University Title: Research Assistant Department: Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member, NREM Scholarship Committee
Member, NREM Awards Committee
Member, OSU Fire Council
Member, Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, Governing Board
Chair, Alliance of Prescribed Burn Associations
Member, Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, Governing Board
Member, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Voluntary Smoke Management Plan committee
President, Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association, Board of Directors
Member, Southern Fire Exchange, Advisory Board
Chairman and Member, Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council, Board of Directors member
Member, Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, Communication Committee
Member, OK USDA-Farm Service Agency, Mid-Contract Management Practices for CRP Committee
Member, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, State Smoke Management Plan Committee
Member, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, Oklahoma Technical Committee on Prescribed Fire
Member, Quail Forever, State Technical Committee
Member, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service Texas Technical Committee, Prescribed Burning and Prescribed Grazing, San Antonio, TX
Member, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service Oklahoma Technical Subcommittee Conservation Reserve Program
Member, Redcedar Task Force, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Subcommittees:
Ecosystems, Wildlife Habitat and Ecological Issues
Economics of Redcedar Control in Forest and Range Management
Wildland/Urban Interface Issues.

Prescribed Burning Associations/Fire Councils Formation
Alfalfa County Prescribed Burn Association, Cherokee, OK
Land Run Prescribed Burn Association, Norman, OK
North Florida Prescribed Burn Association, St. Johns, FL
K-O Prescribed Burn Association, Ponca City, OK
Harper County Prescribed Burn Association, Buffalo, OK
Coal County Prescribed Burn Association, Coalgate, OK
Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association, Carthage, NC
Rogers County Prescribed Burn Association, Claremore, OK
Arbuckle Range Restoration Association, Davis, OK
Beaver River Prescribed Burn Association, Beaver, OK
Woodward County Prescribed Burn Association, Mooreland, OK
Pawnee County Prescribed Burn Association, Pawnee, OK
Alliance of Prescribed Burn Associations, Edmond, OK
Okmulgee County Prescribed Burn Association, Okmulgee, OK
Twin Rivers Prescribed Burn Association, Okemah, OK
Creek County Prescribed Burn Association, Drumright, OK
Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association, Watonga, OK
Gloss Mountains Range Management Association, Fairview, OK
Missouri Prescribed Fire Council, Springfield, MO
Coldwater Prescribed Burn Association, MS,
Pontotoc Ridge Prescribed Burn Association, Ada, OK
New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council, Albuquerque, NM
Kim-Branson Prescribed Burn Association, Kim, CO
Jewell County Prescribed Burn Association, Mankato, KS
Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council, Stillwater, OK
Indian Territory Burn Association, Big Cabin, OK
Canadian Rivers Prescribed Burn Association, Geary, OK
Northern Pottawatomie County Prescribed Burn Association, Tecumseh, OK
South Canadian Prescribed Burn Association, Putnam, OK,
Cimarron Range Preservation Association, Freedom, OK,
Salt Creek Burn Association, Konawa, OK
North Central Range Improvement Association, Perry, OK,
Cross Timbers Prescribed Burning Association, Chandler, OK,
Pontotoc Ridge Prescribed Burning Association, Fittstown, OK,
Big Pasture Prescribed Burning Association, Frederick, OK,
Edwards Plateau Prescribed Burning Association, Sonora, TX,
Developed guidelines and assisted with formation of Western Payne County Prescribed Burning Cooperative, Stillwater, OK
Professional Appointments
Legislative/Policy/Reviewer
Member, Working lands for wildlife USDA-NRCS Oklahoma strategy team
Writer and Reviewer, USDA-NRCS National prescribed fire policy
Member, USDA-NRCS Harmonizing Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs) for Technical Service Provider (TSP) Program
Member, USDA-NRCS Oklahoma Cross Timbers management program policy planning
National Fire Science Advisor, USDA-NRCS, Tasked with How can NRCS get more fire on the ground
Reviewer USDA-NRCS National prescribed fire policy
Reviewer and Consultant, USDA-NRCS Kansas growing season burn policy
Writer and Reviewer, County commissioner burn ban legislation HB2646 and SB1020
Consultant and Reviewer, Development of stand alone national prescribed fire insurance for landowners, agencies, and contractors
Writer and Reviewer, County commissioner burn ban legislation to HB1462
Reviewer, USDA-NRCS National prescribed fire policy
Reviewer, USDA-NRCS Oklahoma, Prescribed fire state guidelines
Planner and Speaker, Oklahoma Senate, Interim study on prescribed fire
Consultant, American Famers and Ranchers Insurance Policy committee, Safety record and effectiveness of prescribed burn associations, OKC
Speaker, Oklahoma House of Representatives, Eastern redcedar removal and use, interim study
Reviewer, USDA-NRCS Oklahoma, Firebreaks for prescribed burning guidelines
Reviewer, USDA-NRCS Montana, Prescribed burning and prescribed grazing policy changes in central Montana
Awards / Recognition
Extension Publication Award for Prescribed Burning: Spotfires and Escapes, Southern Regional Extension Forestry
Extension Publication Award for The Value of Forming a Prescribed Burn Association, Southern Regional Extension Forestry
Publication and Creativity Award for Pyric-Carnivory: Raptor Use of Prescribed Fires, Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Outstanding Technical Publication Award for A Practical Guide to Food Plots in the Southern Great Plains, Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Henry Wright Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Fire Ecology
Publication and Creativity Award for Conducting Prescribed Fires: A Comprehensive Manual, Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Outstanding Oklahoma Citizen, Oklahoma Representative Richard Morrissette for work on Redcedar Initiative
Trailboss Award, Oklahoma Section of Society for Range Management
Excellence in Rangeland Management Award, Oklahoma Section of Society for Range Management
Publications and Patents Summary
Books: 1
Extension Publications: 36
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles: 43
Book Chapters: 1
Miscellaneous Publications: 1
Invited Speaker:69
Presentations/ Field Tours: 268
Video Production: 9
Web Sites: 4
Apps: 2
Social Media: 2
Prescribed Fire Promotional/ Educational Items: 13

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Courses Taught
Prescribed Fire, NREM 4783/NREM 5783, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 2000-present
Advanced Prescribed Fire, NREM 4793/NREM 5793, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 2000-present
Wildland Fire Ecology and Management NREM 3713, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 2017
Range Improvements, RLEM 4954, Equipment Use and Conducting Prescribed Fire Lab, Oklahoma State University, 1991-2000
Introduction to Plant Science lab section. AGRIC 1214. Cameron University, Lawton, OK, 1985

Schools/Workshops Taught
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District Prescribed Fire Training Course, 1999-2001, 2003, 2010-12, 2014, 2016, 2018-2020
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District Advanced Prescribed Fire Training Course, 2011, 2015, 2018-2020
Prescribed Fire Planning Workshop, Stillwater, OK 2020
USDA-NRCS National Technical Training Course, Burning in the Growing Season, Stillwater, OK, 2014-2016, 2019
Noble Foundation Prescribed Burn Workshop, Ardmore, OK 2014, 2016-2019
Landowner Growing Season Prescribed Fire Workshop, Stillwater, OK 2018, 2019
Esk’etemc First Nations Prescribed Fire School, Alkali, British Columbia, Canada, 2019
Fight Fire with Fire Fire Department and PBA training, Woodward, OK 2019
Fight Fire with Fire Fire Department and PBA training, Concho, OK 2019
Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department Prescribed Fire Training, Stillwater, OK 2018
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Prescribed Fire Workshop, San Angelo, TX 2018
USDA-NRCS Nebraska, Prescribed Burn Training Course, North Platte, NE 2018
USDA-NRCS New Mexico, Prescribed Burn Training Course, Duran, NM 2017
Noble Foundation Growing Season Prescribed Burn Workshop, Ardmore, OK 2014-2018
Landowner Growing Season Prescribed Fire Workshop, Ponca City, OK 2017
Landowner Growing Season Prescribed Fire Workshop, Salina, KS 2017
USDA-NRCS National Technical Training Course, Burning in Tallgrasses, Stillwater, OK, 1996-2006, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
Northern Fire WoRx prescribed fire training, Introduction to using prescribed fire, Ft Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 2016
Landowner Prescribed Fire Workshop, Perry, OK 2016
Landowner Prescribed Fire Workshop, Freedom, OK 2015
Burning in the Growing Season Training, Stillwater, OK 2013
Landowner Prescribed Fire Workshop, Stillwater, OK 2013
Landowner Prescribed Fire Workshop, Woodward, OK 2013
USDA-NRCS National Technical Training Course, Burning in Oak-Pine Savannahs, Clayton, OK, 2006, 2011, 2012
Backfiring Operations, 10th Annual Bob Smith Wildfire Roundup, McAAP McAlester, OK 2010
USDA-NRCS National Technical Training Course, Burning in Southeastern Pine Forests, Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL, 2010
Southeastern Colorado Prescribed Fire Training, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and Colorado NRCS-CIG, Kim, CO, 2009
Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council Fire School, Central City, Calloway, Curtis and Chadron, NE 2006
Arbuckle Restoration Association Prescribed Fire Workshop, Ardmore, OK 2004
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service In-Service Technical Training Course, Stillwater, OK, 2004
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and The Nature Conservancy Prescribed Fire Workshop, Pontotoc Ridge Preserve, Fittstown, OK, 2003
USDA-NRCS State Technical Training Course, Stillwater, OK, 2001
USDA-NRCS Prescribed Burn Workshop, Frederick, OK, 2001

Online Training Courses
Introduction to Southeastern Prescribed Fire Training Course for landowner and agency use
Basic Prescribed Fire Training Course for landowner and agency use

Courses Attended
Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone, Firewise and National Wildland/Urban Interface Program, Little Rock, AR 2008
ICS-300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents, Mulhall, OK 2008
ICS-200 Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, Stillwater, OK 2007
ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System, Stillwater, OK 2007
SCBA Training, Orlando VFD, Orlando, OK 1999-2007
CPR Training, Orlando VFD, Orlando, OK 1999-2007
IS-00700 National Incident Management System, Cashion, OK 2005
Wildland Fire Training, Orlando VFD, Orlando, OK 1999, 2002
Florida Inter-Agency Prescribed Fire Training Course, Osprey, FL1999
Wildland Fire Training conducted by wildland fire officers Monterrey County, CA, in Stillwater, OK 1998
S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior, Stillwater, OK 1994
S-130 Basic Firefighter Training, Stillwater, OK 1994
Other Relevant Experience
Prescribed Fire Experience
Conducted 1,289 burns on 114,327 acres since 1988
Fire Boss on 1,238 burns
Conducted prescribed fires in eight states, CO, FL, IA, KS, NE, NM, OK, TX
Conducted prescribed fires in British Columbia, Canada
Conducted prescribed fires in 30 counties of OK
Conducted prescribed fires in 10 of the 14 vegetation types of Oklahoma
Conducted prescribed fire in 11 of 13 USFS fuel models (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11)
Conducted prescribed fires in 5 types of improved pasture fuels
Experienced with hand, power torch, terra-torch, DAIDS, and heli-torch ignition
Member, Orlando, Oklahoma Volunteer Fire Department, 1998-present

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