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.

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.

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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. 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. All members are welcome to submit a nomination. Please submit nominations using the nomination form found here by July 31, 2017. Award contact: Scott Pohlman hiking612@gmail.com.

NCPFC Award Nomination Form

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
2014: Terry Sharpe
2015: Scott Pohlman
2016: Matthew Harrell
2017: Susan Miller

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. Please submit nominations using the nomination form below by noon on July 31, 2017.  Nominations should be e-mailed to sean.brogan@ncagr.gov and renee.strickland@ncagr.gov.

State Forester's Prescribed Burning Award nomination form

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
2014: Alan Hill, Hugh Hassell, Kerry Lathrop, Jonathan McCall, Charles Choplin, Harold Phillips, Bobby Mashburn, Benji Reece, Jamie Logan, and Dwayne Vigil (D9)
2015: David Poole and Jason Walker (Rowan County)
2016: Kenny Griffin - District 11 Ranger
2017: David Spooner, Pilot and Wayne Everts, Crew Chief

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. Please submit nominations using the nomination form found here by July 31, 2017. Award contact is Chris Jordan: chris.jordan@ncwildlife.org.

NCWRC Prescribed Burning Award Nomination Form

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
2014: Ken Shugart
2015: Wilkes Crew: Jim Keepfer, Michael Greene, Wesley Duncan, and Jacob Longworth
2016: Casey Phillips
2017: Andrew Mynatt

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation Prescribed Burning Award recognizes an individual or a team 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 listed below.  Team nominees may include part-time and temporary employees.  The award winner(s) will be selected from the nominees by the Division Fire Management Team and will be announced in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council. We recognize the award winner by the presentation of a trophy fire pot affixed with a brass plate inscribed with the recipient(s) name. Award contact is Jon Blanchard: jon.blanchard@ncparks.gov.

Past recipients:
2014: Jonathan Short
2015: Matt Windsor
2016: Eric Dousharm
2017: Chris Helms & staff of Carolina Beach State Park