Governing Board

Pete Lahm - Liaison
 
Forest Service
Air Resource Specialist
Washington, DC

Pete Lahm is the Air Resource Specialist for the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Fire and Aviation Management, in Washington, DC. He leads the Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program which provides personnel, technical specialists called Air Resource Advisors, smoke modeling and monitoring capabilities to develop forecasts for areas adversely affected by smoke. Starting in 2004, Pete has led the Forest Service’s national smoke management efforts developing technical approaches and policies related to smoke impacts from prescribed fire and wildfires. Since 2006 he has chaired the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Smoke Committee. Prior to 2004, Pete managed the Arizona Interagency Air Resource and Smoke Management Program. Pete also owns a small business consulting in automotive rally racing and holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University.       

Board liaison since November 2008.



Mark Melvin - Chair

Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center
Conservation Management/ Education Technician
Newton, Georgia
mark.melvin@prescribedfire.net

Mark Melvin is employed at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway located in Newton, Georgia. Mark has 25+ years of land management experience on private lands in the south, including over 250,000 acres of prescribed fire experience. At Ichauway, he works with conservation management and education staff to promote the appropriate use of prescribed fire. Ongoing outreach efforts include; prescribed fire short courses that provide “hands-on” experience, participation with numerous university classes for undergraduate and graduate programs, private landowner outreach, and partners with many natural resource management agencies. Over the last decade, Mark’s primary focus has been working with prescribed fire councils at state, regional, and national levels. He is the past-Chair, and currently serves as Vice Chair, of the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council, Chair of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, NWCG Fire Use Subcommittee liaison, Southeast Region Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Committee member, JFSP Southern Fire Exchange Advisory Board member, and a member of the Southeast Prescribed Fire and Air Quality workgroup.

Mark lives on a family farm in Southwest Georgia with his wife and daughter. The property has been family owned since the 1870’s, and his daughter is a 7th generation tree farmer and prescribed fire practitioner.

Board member since February 2016; also 2008-2014.



Lenya Quinn-Davidson

University of California Cooperative Extension
Eureka, California
lquinndavidson@ucanr.edu

Lenya Quinn-Davidson works for University of California Cooperative Extension, where she leads a fire science outreach program as part of the California Fire Science Consortium, and works on other ecological research and extension projects. Lenya is also the Director of the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, which she helped form in 2009. Through the Council, Lenya has organized regional conferences and prescribed fire trainings, and worked on prescribed fire policy and legislation, outreach and communication, and network building. She was instrumental in the formation of the Washington Prescribed Fire Council, where she served as Coordinator for two years, and she serves on the Advisory Committee of the recently formed Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire Council. Lenya works closely with the Fire Learning Network on training exchanges and other projects, and she was recently brought into the Fire Adapted Communities Network to develop technical briefs on a wide range of fire-related topics.

Lenya has a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Social Science from Humboldt State University, where she focused her research on impediments to prescribed fire in northern California. Lenya is passionate about fire science and management, cross-boundary collaboration, and increasing capacity for proactive stewardship of public and private lands.

Board member since November 2014.



Alistair Smith - Treasurer

University of Idaho
Assistant Professor of Forest Measurements
Moscow, Idaho
alistair@uidaho.edu

Alistair Smith joined the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho in 2007. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Edinburgh, a MSc in Physics at the University of London, and a PhD in Geography also from the University of London. Alistair has been researching fire since 1999 and has published over 40 journal articles and two book chapters.

At the University of Idaho he teaches fundamental forest measurement and inventory courses in addition to introductory courses in wildland fire management, smoke management, and remote sensing methods in fire management. His research focuses on combustion dynamics of woody fuels, smoke and emissions, and the remote sensing of burn severity.

Alistair coordinates smoke management and air quality extension at the University of Idaho and through his extension team has helped the National Wildfire Coordination Group’s Smoke Committee in developing and delivering several online smoke management training materials. Alistair also serves as an Associate Editor on the International Journal of Wildland Fire.

Board member since November 2011.



Frank Sorrells

Georgia Forestry Commission
Forest Protection
Dry Branch, Georgia
fsorrells@gfc.state.ga.us

Frank grew up in Southeast Georgia near Tifton and graduated from Tifton County High in 1977 and then attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College. He began his on-going 34 year career in fire management in 1980 with the Florida Forest Service as a wildland firefighter. After 12 years in Northeast Florida the yearning to return home to his roots in Georgia brought him back to Southeast Georgia in 1993 where he was employed by the Georgia Forestry Commission in Brunswick, GA as a Chief Forest Ranger. In 2000, Frank was promoted to District Ranger and then onto District Manager in 2008 in the 5 million acre Satilla District, where his duties included oversight and management of all wildland fire and forest management activities. Frank was promoted to the Chief of Forest Protection in February 2012. Frank currently lives near Macon, Georgia and enjoys hunting (especially turkeys) and fishing. Frank is married to Gloria and in all, has 6 children and 9 grandchildren.

Board member since November 2014.



Chuck Stanley - Liaison

USDA/NRCS
Central National Technology Support Center
Fort Worth, Texas
Charles.stanley@ftw.usda.gov

Chuck Stanley is a GLCI Rangeland Management Specialist for the NRCS at the Central National Technology Support Center. Chuck’s formal training includes undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University (TTU) and a Master’s degree where he studied the effects of summer burning on Texas High Plains Vegetation. Chuck served as fireboss for TTU from 1993-1997 and was a primary instructor for in the delivery of contracted NRCS prescribed fire courses.

Chuck has been involved in the application of prescribed fire on over 300,000 acres. As a rangeland management specialist in Oklahoma, he held the highest job approval authority, started the first of 14 prescribed fire coalitions, and provided training for Oklahoma NRCS employees and producers. In his current position as a core team member at the CNTSC, Chuck has delivered prescribed fire training to over 200 NRCS employees in the service area and was a team member in the development of the current NRCS national policy for prescribed burning.

Board member since January 2013.



John Stivers
 
Consulting Forester
Hurtsboro, Alabama
 

John worked for USDA Forest Service for 23 years in all aspects of natural resource management. John served as the Southern Region’s Prescribed Fire & Fuels Specialist for the USDA Forest Service (1998-2002) managing the Nation’s largest prescribed fire program and served on the steering committee for the National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center.

John's federal fire experience included qualifications in all prescribed fire positions including type 1 burn boss, prescribed fire manager, & prescribed fire planning specialist on over 2,000 prescribed burns involving over 800,000 acres. He was experienced in wildland fire (suppression) including Incident Commander (T-3), Safety Officer (T-1), Field Observer, Operations Section Chief (T-2 trainee), Branch Director, Task Force Leader, Division/Group Supervisor. John participated on > 1,000 wildland fires and performed suppression and fire planning details in 30 states. From 1989-2002 he served on National & Regional Incident Management teams as Type 1 & 2 Safety Officer.

Since 2002, John has worked as a private Consulting Forester, licensed in both AL & GA, performing resource management services for approximately 70 clients in 18 counties where he burns over 20,000 acres each year. For the past 9 years, John has conducted the prescribed burn certification & recertification program in Alabama.

John received his BS in Forest Management from the University of Arkansas-Monticello in 1982. John is incoming Chair for Association of Consulting Foresters (AL Chapter), past chair of the Alabama Prescribed Fire Council and Board Member since 2007, member of Society of American Foresters, a Registered Forester in AL & GA, member of MS & GA Prescribed Fire Councils and a certified prescribed burn manager in AL & GA.

Board member since November 2014.



Jonathan Stober - Liaison
 
USDA/US Forest Service
Talladega National Forest, Shoal Creek Ranger District
Wildlife Biologist
Heflin, Alabama
 

Jonathan Stober is a wildlife biologist on the Shoal Creek Ranger District of the Talladega National Forest in Alabama in the US Forest Service National Forest System division. Graduate of the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Jonathan has 25 years of experience working with the flora and fauna of the southeast and restoration of their native communities. He worked with GA DNR as a private lands biologist then spent 11 years at the J. W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway as a Conservation Biologist developing a site wide land management, forestry and wildlife monitoring program as well as restoring and managing game, rare, threatened, and endangered species populations. As an opportunistic generalist he has worked with a variety of wildlife from the Bachman’s sparrow, red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, golden eagles, as well as the other obligates of southeastern fire dependent ecosystems. Due to the dominate roll fire plays in habitat management of southeastern communities Jonathan has led the development of ArcGIS tools for fire managers to assess frequency, seasonality, and extent of fire management efforts. The fire frequency tool has since been used around the world and on millions of acres to better account for prescribed fire management efforts. Currently Jonathan is leading tool development to assess ecosystem condition to prioritize restoration, fire ecology of southeastern bat communities and a PIT tag monitoring system for red-cockaded woodpeckers. When not focused on wildlife he takes opportunities to assist and witness the federal response to wild and prescribed fires. Outside of his professional rolls Jonathan assist in the management of a family farm and is always looking for a good burn day.

Board member since October 2017.



John Weir

Oklahoma State University
Natural Resource Ecology and Management
John.weir@okstate.edu

John Weir grew up in Oklahoma, attended Cameron University receiving a BS in Plant Science (1986), then attended received a MS in Range Science from Texas Tech University (1990). He was the superintendent of the Oklahoma State University Research Range in for 16 years. In 2007 he joined the faculty of the newly formed Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department at Oklahoma State University where he is a research associate. Since 2000 he has developed and taught two prescribed fire courses, Prescribed Fire and Advanced Prescribed Fire taught to more than 530 students. From a recent class survey those students that have went on to conduct over 6,200 prescribed burns on over 1.9 million acres. John conducts fire ecology research throughout the Great Plains, focusing on fire effects and patch burn grazing. He has extension responsibilities relating to prescribed fire training and prescribed burn associations. He teaches three national NRCS prescribed fire courses, does training for the US Army Corps of Engineers, along with numerous training programs for private landowners, and an online prescribed fire training course.

John works with forming prescribed burn associations (PBAs), assisting with over 30 PBAs in OK, TX, CO, KS, NE, and MS. He has also assisted with starting several state prescribed fire councils and was instrumental in the formation of the Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council and the Alliance of Prescribed Burn Associations. In the past 24 years he has conducted over 980 prescribed burns in every month of the year and in vegetation ranging from shortgrass prairie to Oak-Pine forest in five states. He has authored numerous fact sheets and research articles on prescribed fire and fire effects. In 2009 he authored the book Conducting Prescribed Fires: A Comprehensive Manual. He is currently the president of the OK Prescribed Burn Association, founding member and past Chair of the OK Prescribed Fire Council, Chair of the Alliance of Prescribed Burn Associations, and on the board of directors for the Great Plains Fire Exchange, Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Southern Fire Exchange.

Board member since November 2014.



Former Board Members

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