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Board nominations open Aug. 1

The nomination period for new members of the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) board of directors opens Aug. 1. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 30 and successful candidates will begin their three-year terms on Jan. 1. Members who meet the requirements may self-nominate.

  • Must be an “individual” member of the IAWF in good standing; student, corporate and agency members are not eligible.
  • The IAWF board of directors is a working board; we expect individuals serving the membership in these positions will contribute the time, energy and expertise to serve on committees, participate in 11 conference calls per year and generally assist in furthering the mission of the association. (Calls are scheduled the last Tuesday of each month except December and generally last 60 minutes.)
  • Applicants with skills/expertise in financial management, board governance, and communication/journalism/media (writing and editing) are highly encouraged to apply.

There are five board positions open for the three-year term from 2021 through 2024.

Workshop to proceed

The 4th National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop is proceeding, with in-person and virtual options. 

The program schedule and registration will be available in July on the IAWF website.

The workshop theme is “Hard truths of risk inherent in cross-boundary, large landscape, and community-wide implementation.” 

Participants will work to develop a strategy to understand, co-manage, transfer, and accept risk at federal, state, tribal and local stakeholder levels, to prioritize and invest in decisions, projects and other efforts that result in widespread reduction in risk across landscapes, and communities, and make the public and firefighters collectively.

Canadian conference postponed

After careful consideration, the Wildland Fire Canada steering committee has decided to postpone the conference; the new dates are Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 2022.

The committee considered vaccinations, international travel restrictions, and budget, and determined that the 2021 conference would not be viable.  

Collaboration and networking are extremely important to Wildland Fire Canada conference organizers, and it was therefore agreed that a virtual offering would not be appropriate.

Thank you for your understanding. Conference organizers look forward to seeing everyone next year in Edmonton. 

Talks scheduled through December 

Each month, IAWF offers an ignite talk on important topics around workforce resilience. Here is a sneak peek at some upcoming topics:

  • July: Fitness and wellness for high performance in high-risk/high-consequence wildland fire fighting
  • August: Current events and emerging best practices on diversity and inclusion 
  • September: Dan Cable, The power of purpose 
  • October: Cultural use of fire and traditional ecological knowledge
  • November: Trans Awareness Month
  • December: The 2021 fire season – Transitioning from fire life/fire family to everyday life (partners, kids, self-care)

Recordings of previous talk can be found at https://www.iawfonline.org/events/webinars/ Check the site for updates and dates and times of upcoming talks.