Learn the skills you need to succeed in conservation!
The Wildland School, at The Aldo Leopold Foundation, holds a series of classes ranging from species identification to technical skills. The Wildland School typically offers chainsaw safety courses – check back in for class offerings.
The Driftless Folk School offers a variety of classes with the mission of teaching sustainable skills, promoting traditional activities, and providing practical guidance.
Research and Policy
Prescribed burns can be a cost-effective and efficient method of land management. The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is a great resource for research and communication, connecting fire managers and research scientists. As a government-affiliated program, JFSP is designed with direct policy impact in mind, and provides grants on fire research to ensure that the evolving body of fire management knowledge will remain relevant and targeted at guiding policies.
The JFSP organizes information into bioregion-based consortiums. For Wisconsin, the southern part of the state falls into the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savannah Consortium, and the northwoods belong to the Lake States Fire Science Consortium.
Best Practices and Guidance
For detailed information about prescribed burns (ecological rationale, best practices, etc.), check out The Nature Conservancy’s excellent Fire Manual – it has a tremendous amount of information in an easy-to-use format. Wisconsin’s DNR also provides a great overview here.
Wilderness Medicine and Safety
Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
This 16 to 20-hour course will help provide basic information on medical emergencies in remote locations. NOLS maintains a listing of current Wisconsin WFA courses here: https://www.nols.edu/portal/wmi/courses/wfa/wi/.
Wilderness First Responder (WRF)
First Aid / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
First Aid/CPR training is an important first step in knowing what to do when medical emergencies strike. There are a variety of course offerings:
Invasive Species Control
DNR provides a good synthesis of control methods, accessible here.