Two smoke jumpers, one an F&ES graduate, will talk about their work in Brazil as part of a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and a Brazilian nongovernmental organization on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Marsh Hall. Dinner will be served, so people are encouraged to arrive at 6:15.
Matt Carroll, who graduated in 2010 with a master’s degree in forestry from F&ES, and Forrest Behm, who has been a wild land firefighter for the past 19 years, will discuss “Managing Wildland Fire in Western Mato Grosso, Brazil: Building Socio-ecological Capacity Through Field-level Fire Education.”
The U.S. Forest Service’s smoke jumpers and International Programs have been partners with Aliança da Terra in training the first volunteer fire brigade in the Amazon. In three years, Aliança and the teams fought 90 fires and protected an estimated 300,000 acres of forest.
Carroll has been a wild land firefighter for 13 years and is a squad leader and smoke jumper with the Forest Service out of McCall, Idaho. He began work in Brazil in October 2011. Behm holds a leadership position at the McCall smoke jumper base and is on the board of directors for Alianca da Terra.
For more information, call Barbara Ruth, program coordinator for the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, at 203-432-5117.