North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council

The mission of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council is to foster cooperation among all parties in North Carolina with an interest or stake in prescribed fire.

2014 Prescribed Burning Awards

Awards are presented at the NC Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting to recognize excellence in prescribed burning. This year the tradition will continue. Please read about each award and consider making a nomination for one or all of these. Nomination forms, due dates, and award contacts are listed below the descriptions of each award.

The North Carolina Prescribed Burner of the Year Award is presented by the NC Prescribed Fire Council to an individual or individuals for service to the Council and outstanding support for the continued use of prescribed fire as a land management tool in North Carolina. His or her contributions must exemplify the mission of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council which is to foster cooperation among all parties in NC with an interest or stake in prescribed fire. Accomplishments exceed those expectations of their regular job. The award is presented at the annual meeting and includes a certificate or plaque and a copy of the commendation read at the awards ceremony. Congratulations to Terry Sharpe!

Past Recipients:
2007: Kelley VanDruten
2008: Brandon Price
2009: John Ann Shearer
2010: Bob Mickler and Cynthia VanDerWiele
2011: Jim Gray
2012: Margit Bucher
2013: Angie Carl

The State Forester's Prescribed Burner of the Year Award is presented annually to a N.C. Forest Service employee or team of employees who demonstrate leadership and excellence in accomplishing prescribed burning in North Carolina's forest ecosystems. This award recognizes significant achievements in overcoming obstacles to prescribed burning, working successfully with landowners and partners to conduct, support, and facilitate prescribed burns, and promoting the benefits of prescribed burning. The acres burned in a single year are not the sole basis for this award. The recipient(s) of this award will have shown perseverance to accomplish and support prescribed burning for the health of the forest, its inhabitants, and the citizens of the state. The award will be presented by the State Forester at the annual North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council meeting. Congratulations to NC Forest Service District 9 team: A. Hill, H. Hassell, K. Lathrop, J. McCall, C. Choplin, H. Phillips, Mashburn, B. Reece, J. Logan, and D. Vigil.

Past Recipients:
2009: Phillip Inman, Mike Hardison, Shane Hardee, Brunswick County
2010: Brian Elam, Surry County Ranger
2011: Scott Maynor, Jason Haywood, Jay Strider, Tommy Gaddy, Tom White, Montgomery County
2012: Jeremy Callicut, Assistant County Ranger, Stanley County
2013: Rob Shackelford, Dare County

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Prescribed Burning Award recognizes an individual employee or teams of employees for significant contributions in the implementation and promotion of prescribed fire as a natural resource management tool. "Individual" nominees must be full-time employees on the nomination date. "Team" nominees may also include part-time and temporary employees. Nominations will be accepted and are encouraged from any source. Recipient(s) will be announced in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council. Congratulations to Ken Shughart.

Past Recipients:
2011: Bill Parsons, Chris Jordan, Brady Beck, Lincoln Sadler, Lee Criscoe, Michael Huffman, Jake Marquess, Rupert Medford, Brian Smith, Doug Dawkins, Jimmy Richardson, Dakota Hunter, Justin Tuttle, Sandhill Game Land Management Team
2012: Dean Simon and Ryan Jacobs
2013: Chris Baranski and Brandon Minor

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation initiated a Prescribed Burning Award in 2014. Congratulations to Jonathan Short as the first recipient of this award.

Additionally, the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council recognized Bill Parsons and Allen Rogers for their lifetime achievements in promoting the use of prescribed fire in North Carolina.