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February 23 - 24, 2024

Chicago Wilderness Prescribed Burn Crew Training 2024

Lost Valley Visitor Center • Route 31 & Harts Road RingwoodIL  60071 Organized by McHenry County Conservation District
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We're sorry, but this program is over. The last meeting was Saturday, February 24, 2024.

Each fall and spring, volunteers join prescribed burn crews led by District staff. Though prescribed burning only happens a few days per season, it remains one of the most effective tools for restoration, and volunteer involvement allows us to cover larger areas.

Volunteers are required to complete the Chicago Wilderness Alliance (CWA) Prescribed Burn Crew Member Training Course, for which we will provide a discount for McHenry County Conservation District registered volunteers. Contact jbero@mccdistrict.org if you have not already received the discount code.
Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this two-day training covers the basics of topics such as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques, and smoke management. The objective is to provide participants with the background necessary to safely participate on the crew of a controlled burn.
Please be aware that although the training is accepted by many of the natural resource management agencies in the Chicago Wilderness region as the minimum training required for a participant on a burn crew, it does not carry the official NWCG certification.
This training will be held in person and mostly indoors over the course of two days, including presentations by expert instructors, live class discussions, and an in-person final exam. There will be breaks throughout the day and a lunch break in the middle of the day; please bring your own lunch and water bottle.
If the weather allows, we will do a field activity outdoors.

Please contact Jackie Bero at jbero@mccdistrict.org or (815) 219-1549 if you have any questions.

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Just for Adults


Lost Valley Visitor Center, 6316 Harts Rd, Ringwood, IL


Jackie Bero


February 23 - 24, 2024

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Friday, Saturday

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Ages 18-255 · Co-Ed


Lost Valley Visitor Center

Route 31 & Harts Road RingwoodIL  60071

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