Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Training Starts April 14th

The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and The Aldo Leopold Foundation will host hands-on planned burn (prescribed fire) training in late April and early May.

MADISON, WI | April 11, 2017

From April 14th to May 1st, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and The Aldo Leopold Foundation will host hands-on planned burn (prescribed fire) training.

The Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (WI-TREX) engages men and women from across the country in a 16-day training throughout Wisconsin. Participants share and learn about planned burning, fire management and how to maintain healthy native habitats. Everyone will go home with new skills and experience while helping create fire-safe communities and restore and improve grasslands, wetlands and forests for native plants and wildlife.

Eight qualified firefighters from across the country will attend the training. Depending upon weather conditions, qualified leaders from the host agency or organization will supervise trainees while conducting burn planning and daily burning operations on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Nature Conservancy and Aldo Leopold Foundation lands.

Training will take place at the following locations:

  • The Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo
  • Baxter’s Hollow and Hemlock Draw preserves, Baraboo and Sauk City
  • Horicon Marsh (state and federal lands), Mayville-Waupun
  • Leopold Wetland Management District, based in Portage; several burn operations planned on Waterfowl Production Areas in 12 surrounding counties
  • Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area, Barneveld
  • Mukwonago River watershed, East Troy
  • Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Necedah
  • St. Croix Wetland Management District, based in New Richmond; there are 43 Waterfowl Production Areas in 8 counties; burns are planned for several of them

About 4.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s grasslands, wetlands and forests are considered fire-dependent, meaning the plants and animals that use the habitat need periodic fire to survive and thrive. Planned burning reduces the risk of unnaturally severe or large fires; creates healthy forests, wetlands and grasslands; improves wildlife habitat and protects communities.

The TREX concept was developed by the Fire Learning Network, which has worked with partners to host 64 TREX events since 2008. These events meet a variety of essential needs:

  • Train seasoned wildland fire professionals in need of specific experience, as well as students and new firefighters who are beginning to shape their careers.
  • Provide opportunities for agencies to work together and learn efficient ways to coordinate their resources and burn windows.
  • Give local fire departments training that helps them better respond to wildland fires.
  • Support tribes working to renew traditional burning practices.
  • Help rural communities working to make themselves safer from wildfire.

Information and updates about the WI-TREX will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/TREX-Prescribed-Fire-Training-Exchange-1665687823757153/?hc_ref=SEARCH.


The Nature Conservancy protects the lands and water on which all life depends. www.nature.org/wisconsin

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. www.fws.gov/

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to working with the citizens and businesses of Wisconsin while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. http://dnr.wi.gov/

Established in 1982 by the five children of Aldo Leopold and his wife Estella, The Aldo Leopold Foundation is a conservation organization that works to inspire an ethical relationship between people and nature through Leopold’s legacy. www.aldoleopold.org/

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Chris Anderson
The Nature Conservancy
612-331-0747 (cell)

Tina Shaw

Michele Witecha
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(608) 261-6451

Anna Hawley
The Aldo Leopold Foundation
608.355.0279, x28


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