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  • Locations: Newton, GA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Spring
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Category: UGA Domestic Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students
Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s) College/School: Warnell
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum number of credit hours: 2 Maximum number of credit hours: 2
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Location: Off-Campus
Program Description:

Prescribed Fire in the Forest Ecosystems
FORS 5610/7610 - (2 credit hours)

Fire ClassDates/ Deadlines:

December 1st, 2021 (Registration Deadline)

Program Description:

This course will examine the use of fire as a tool for forest management, species conservation, and ecosystem restoration. Topics will include the history and role of fire in the longleaf pine ecosystem, fire physics and fire behavior, fire weather and smoke management, equipment and safety, ignition techniques, planning and evaluating the effects of prescribed fire, and the role of fire in forest management. Students will have the opportunity to plan and implement 2-3 prescribed burns, depending upon weather.  Course instructors include scientists and land managers from UGA, the Jones Center at Ichauway, Georgia Forestry Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Although there are no specific prerequisites for the course, it is geared toward upper-level undergraduate and graduate students with some background in ecology and natural resource management. Learn more about this rewarding course at and
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Successful completion of the online versions of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group S-130 and S-190 training courses must be completed prior to travel to the Jones Center. These courses are broken down into modules that are approximately 2 hours each that can be taken according to the student’s schedule. Students must have a certificate of completion for all modules of each course in hand prior to departure for the Jones Center to participate in the course. S-130 and S-190 online courses can be found at:

Course Objectives:

  • Examine how and why prescribed fire is an effective tool in forest ecosystem management
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate 2-3 prescribed burns (weather-permitting)
  • Complete the S-130 and S-190 prior to leaving for the Jones Center

Program Location:

The course will be taught as an intensive 6-day spring break class at the Jones Center at Ichauway in Newton, GA.

Program Fee:

Program fee is pending

Program Directors and Course Leaders:

Ms. Holly Campbell
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Athens, GA
Tel: 705-542-3277

Dr. David Clabo
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Tifton, GA
Tel: 229-386-3672

Kevin McIntyre (Jones Center at Ichauway)
Mark Melvin (Jones Center at Ichauway)
GFC, USFWS personnel

Housing and Meals:

Students will stay at the Jones Center at Ichauway. Dinner on Sunday and lunches on the following days of the trip will be provided. Snacks and water will be provided during the day, and especially in the field. Students will be responsible for all other meals (each dorm contains a kitchen for food storage and preparation).

Safety Requirements:

Safety will be given the highest priority in the field, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required. Nomex overalls, hardhats, radios, and fire shelters will be provided.  Students will be responsible for the following items: 

  • Leather boots required (no cloth or other synthetic material on upper part of boot. No steel-toe boots). Rubber sole (bottom of boot) okay, with good traction. Lace-up boots best.
  • Jeans or similar, natural fiber work pants (no polyester, nylon, etc.)
  • Leather gloves (All leather)
  • Bandana to cover your face
  • Eye protection – this should consist of at least a pair of wrap-around sunglasses or safety glasses. Goggles are recommended for full protection, particularly if you have sensitive eyes
  • A water bottle to bring with you in the field
  • A facemask if you have any breathing-related issues (e.g., Asthma)
  • Sunscreen, insect repellant
  • Field backpack 

Program Itinerary:

Date Location Activity
3/6/2022 Athens, GA, USA Departure from Athens
3/7/2022-3/11/2022 At Jones Center, Newton, GA, USA Lectures and field work
3/12/2022 Depart for Athens, GA, USA Depart for Athens

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This program is currently not accepting applications.