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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, rain certainly provided a unique challenge with logistics. 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. 

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


The 2nd SBR TREX is scheduled to take place October 24 - November 5, 2021. The SBR TREX Planning Team made the difficult decision to move the dates to 2021 after carefully considering the safety of the local community, our participants, agency travel restrictions and other factors. We are all looking forward to building another incredible training opportunity next year. Applications are now open! Applications will be accepted until July 17, 2021 and all applicants will be informed by August 15.


SBR TREX is an equal opportunity provider.

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

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