Director of Fire Management
Van Buren, Missouri
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Fire Ecology, Fire Management, Land Stewardship and Restoration
Blane directs all wildfire and controlled burn activities of The Nature Conservancy to maintain fire’s beneficial role and improve fire safety. Working with the organization’s state and country programs, he ensures activities are safe, effective and achieve great conservation results.
Blane lives in the Missouri Ozarks with his wife and two boys and works on fire-related safety and management issues across the United States and abroad. With over 30 years in fire management as a burn boss and incident commander, Blane has led hundreds of controlled burns and contained wildfires on five continents.
The Nature Conservancy conducts over 120,000 acres of controlled burns annually in the United States with a workforce of hundreds of professional staff and dedicated volunteers. These personnel also assist with the control of wildfires, an increasingly damaging phenomenon in the changing climate of the 21st century.