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The Southern Blue Ridge Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (SBR TREX) began in 2018. The objective of this two-week TREX program is to facilitate peer-to-peer, experiential learning for prescribed fire professionals and others interested in advancing their understanding of innovative tools to restore fire-adapted ecosystems. Participants learn, practice, and share knowledge, skills, and experience in a unique, hands-on training environment focused on the ecological, social, communications, monitoring, and operational dimensions of planning and implementing ecologically-based prescribed fire. 


The SBR TREX in 2018 hosted 50+ participants who all advanced their wildland fire training. Crews conducted three burns, and established 5 ½ miles of handline firebreak prep, setting the stage for 10 future controlled burns this coming season. The TREX teams worked on 7 of the 10 different partner lands across North and South Carolina. Since the training was held in the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment, a high rainfall area, the weather provided some unique logistics challenges. The planning team’s leadership in adaptive management made certain every opportunity was utilized to maximize the crews’ training in between and during rainy days under safe conditions. It was a great example of the importance for good planning and execution under shifting conditions, which are all factors to a successful burn program. 


The 2nd SBR TREX will take place October 30 - November 10, 2023.  We are excited to welcome more than 60 participants to the southern Blue Ridge! We'll be sharing updates and information via this website and the SBR TREX facebook page.


Click here to see a map of the TREX focus area with potential burn units.

For insight into what our participants experienced by attending this training, please watch the video below.

If you have any questions about SBR TREX, please contact one of the people listed below.

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