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Field Trips

Field trips will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021. The cost for each trip is $50, which includes transportation and lunch. Additional trips will be listed here as they are planned. 

Field trips are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to limited space, payments must be made at the time of registration. If the payment is not received, your registration will be canceled. Once a field trip is full, a waitlist will be started. If a spot becomes available, we will email you a notice.

At this time, field trips are only for Fire Congress attendees. As we get closer to the event, we will open field trip attendance to guests and those not registered for the Fire Congress depending on availability. 

  • Registration Transfer: You can transfer field trip registration to another person with no charge.
  • Cancellation by Registrant: You can cancel your field trip registration at any time. Your registration payment will be refunded to the original form of payment minus a 5% processing fee of $2.50 . 
  • Cancellation by AFE: If the pandemic requires AFE to change the event, you will be refunded with no processing fees applied.

 

Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin AFB is the largest Air Force Base in the U.S. (188,000 ha), is the single largest land holding of longleaf pine forest left in the world, and is home to the most productive wildland fire program in the U.S. Air Force in scope and scale. The Air Force Wildland Fire Branch Eglin Wildland Support Module responds to an average of 60 wildfires/year and conducts between 60-90 prescribed burns annually on Eglin AFB for fuels management and for habitat improvement to fire-dependent species protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  The Eglin AFB field tour will lead participants through a series of longleaf pine forest stands which vary by modern fire regime, state of ecological condition, and management strategies.  Discussion will focus on successes and challenges of managing for a desirable, landscape-level fire regime in the context of the Air Force military mission and compliance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973. 

Time: 7 hour trip, Departure and Return Time TBD
Limit: 30 participants

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Deer Lake State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Deer Lake State Park are both located within 40 minutes of the conference hotel and yet they each provide fascinating examples of fire management challenges and successes representative of many Florida management areas. This field tour, sponsored by Florida State Parks, will visit both properties. At Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, field tour participants will learn about their dedicated prescribed fire program that successfully manages smoke on a property bounded by a hospital, highways, the Gulf of Mexico, and resort communities. Tour participants will also visit a rare in-tact dune lake ecosystem, one of the jewels of the park, and ongoing restoration of isolated ephemeral wetlands located within the park. At nearby Deer Lake State Park, field tour participants will learn about ecosystem restoration efforts supported by the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and how prescribed fire programs utilizing mechanical treatments are restoring wet prairie, seepage slopes, and depression marsh communities.

Time: 7 hour trip, Departure and Return Time TBD
Limit: 28 participants