Chama TREX 2018

April 30 - May 6, 2018
Chama, New Mexico



The Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and regional partners will be hosting a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) in Spring, 2018.  The intent of this training is to provide opportunities for local and regional firefighters, scientists and managers to work and train together, build their experience in prescribed fire practices, fire effects, and other conservation efforts affecting forests, woodlands and grasslands in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Training opportunities for anyone who wishes to participate are available, as well as for those pursuing National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications for the positions of RXB2, ENGB, FIRB, FFT1, FFT2 and FEMO.

The Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA) and partners are working collaboratively across ownership boundaries to improve the resiliency of regional forests and watersheds to catastrophic wildfire, forest insect and disease outbreaks, and climate change impacts. One-third of New Mexico’s drinking water is sourced from the San Juan-Chama Watershed, a matrix of private and public lands in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. By working together we are increasing the capacity of private landowners and public agencies to improve forest health at scale and protect vital water, wildlife, and cultural resources. Collaborative partneships active in the region include the Rio Grande Water Fund, the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership, the San Juan-Chama Watershed Partnership, and the 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership. More information and links to these groups may be found at

We invite professional wildland firefighters and prescribed fire practitioners, fire and resource managers, ecologists, biologists, conservationists, students and faculty, researchers and scientists from federal, state, tribal, non-governmental and private organizations to be part of our burn team.

The training will be organized as an incident, using the Incident Command System. Participants will serve in qualified and trainee firefighting positions on a burn team and will assist with preparing, scouting, briefing, igniting, holding, mop-up and patrol on numerous controlled burns in the area. We will also complete pre- and post-fire monitoring, train with equipment, practice fireline leadership skills and learn about local fire ecology and fire management. The work will take place in the Chama, Rio Grande, and San Juan Watersheds of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The training will include field trips to orient participants to the natural and cultural landscape of this region, burn units, fuels, and other wildland fire related topics. We will integrate and learn about community efforts to prepare for and mitigate wildfire impacts to natural resources, homes, and communities.  

Join us for hands-on burning and learning in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Everyone is welcome, if you do not have the minimum training requirements we will provide them to you.


  • All participants’ qualifications must be current. At a minimum, everyone must have completed NWCG courses S-130 and S-190, as well as FEMA IS-700A and ICS-100. Free online self-study materials for these courses will be offered to participants who need them and assistance will be provided--see links in blue. For those who prefer an in-person course New Mexico State Forestry is offering the courses in Dixon on March 17-18 and 24-25 (must attend all days). Please see the flyer and nomination form. Also see the Returning Heroes Program and available training here.
  • Participants must complete an arduous pack test before the start of the event. Completion of a moderate pack test is acceptable if coming as a TNC volunteer and serving in an RXCM (prescribed fire crew member) position. We will help provide instructions and standards so that you can complete the pack test prior to the TREX event.  
  • Participants should come with all appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including fireline-approved boots (all leather work boots, 8-inches tall, non-slip soles, and no steel toe), a New Generation Fire Shelter, headlamp, hard hat, Nomex clothing, all leather gloves, eye protection and canteens for drinking water. If you do not have proper PPE, please let us know and we will provide you a set on loan at no cost.

Cost: Each participant is responsible for a $300 non-refundable registration fee that covers administrative costs. This is not a lodging or tuition fee. Instructions on how to pay the registration fee will be provided when you are notified that you have been selected to attend. This fee may be waived for local participants on a case-by-case basis.

Meals & Travel: Meals and lodging will be provided during the training. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Chama, NM.

Questions: Contact Emily Hohman by email or phone at 888-445-7708 ext. 1.

Registration Is now closed.

Local partners who wish to participate should contact Emily Hohman by email or phone at 888-445-7708 ext. 1.

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This training is supported by Promoting Ecosystem Resiliency through Collaboration: Landscapes, Learning and Restoration, a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservnacy, USDA Forest Service, and agencies of the Department of the Interior.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.