Nevada State Forester since April 2016, Joe Freeland has been a public servant since 1984 when he started with the US Forest Service in New Mexico as an engine crewmember. He attended the New Mexico State University and the Washington Institute largely focused on range, wildlife habitat, and fuels studies. Joe has a diverse fire background working on hotshot, helitack, and engine crews and as a fire supervisor. He has served in a variety of fire management positions at the local, state, and national level for the BLM.
Prior to his appointment as State Forester he was the Senior Fire Advisor for BLM in Washington, D.C. His work included policy development for the Department of Interior on efforts related to conserving and restoring the sagebrush steppe in the western United States. Joe has lived and worked in Las Vegas, Caliente, Elko, Battle Mountain, and Reno. Joe was the work group leader for the Western Region in the development of the Cohesive Strategy. He is a complex burn boss and Incident Commander Type II. Freeland is also an accident investigation team leader and has investigated multiple serious wildland fire accidents during his career. During his career he also served as State Fire Management Officer for the BLM in Idaho and as a Fire Program Analyst on assignment to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.
Tom is a recognized expert in wildland fire and aviation management policy and operations. He served the longest term to date as the National Fire and Aviation Management Director (National Fire Chief) in the more than hundred-year history of the US Forest Service. The US Forest Service program provided both the world's largest organization of firefighters as well as the world's largest federal civilian (non-defense) aviation program.
Tom's first experience with wildfire was in California in 1970. Since then, Tom has been energetically and continuously involved in wildland fire and aviation management. Tom has had opportunities to fight, prescribe, and manage wildland fires across the United States and internationally. He has been a Burn Boss, an Incident Commander, and an Area Commander at the highest levels of complexity.
Tom has Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Davis and in Forest Management from Washington State University. His post-graduate work includes studies at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina. Tom served with faculty and leaders at the Marine Corps University.
Since retiring, Tom has formed HarbourFire, a consulting firm offering expertise and advice on wildland fire and aviation issues as well as policy and organizational issues..
Bob is a 39-year veteran of the fire service. He began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter and promoted through the ranks to Fire Chief of Ventura County, CA. and then served as the Nevada State Forester.
Bob Roper has served on State and local incident management teams in several capacities working on many complex incidents including, wildfires, earthquakes, airline disaster, hazardous materials, landslides and flooding.
Bob Roper stays active in local, State and Federal fire service matters, always trying to improve the fire service and the services delivered.
Mark Finney, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
Mark A. Finney is a Research Forester with the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. He has worked at the Fire Laboratory since 1993 on fire behavior, fire growth modeling and risk analysis, and landscape fuel management. He leads a fire behavior research team to discover fundamental physical explanations for wildland fire behavior using laboratory and field-scale experiments. He was responsible for development and transfer of existing fire models to the national internet-based Wildland Fire Decision Support System. He holds a Ph.D. in wildland fire science from Univ. California at Berkeley (1991), an M.S. in Fire Ecology from University of Washington (1986), and a B.S. in Forestry from Colorado State University (1984).
James Fox, Director, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center
Jim Fox is the Director and Lead PI for NEMAC. NEMAC uses visualizations, GIS, web sites and decision support tools to address key societal issues that include forest health, climate, flood mitigation, and water resources. NEMAC's mission is: To help people understand, and make decisions in, a complex and changing world.
- The US Climate Resilience Toolkit for the White House and NOAA (toolkit.climate.gov)
- National Science Team Report for Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy
- Landscape Resilience and Community Resilience studies with the State of North Carolina, City of Asheville, local Council of Governments and the Southern Group of State Foresters.
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