A Rare Find | Univ. of Idaho MNR Stories

A Rare Find | Univ. of Idaho MNR Stories


My name is Derek Messmer and I’m the Fuels Program Manager here at the Winnemucca District. I have supervisory responsibility for fire planning, fire mitigation, trespassing and fuels management which in this neck of the
woods means building fuel breaks and then actually going back and
rehabbing stuff. I’ve supervised the emergency stabilization rehabilitation
program, weeds and forestry. We have probably a thousand miles of fuel breaks
we maintain or work on on a yearly basis across the 10 million acres we
manage. We encourage people to go back to school. I know a lot of the
firefighters that are coming up I encourage them to go to school [repeated for emphasis] They just need to get that education and it’ll make them much more marketable in the future. It provides the
agency, you know, if we can get people that that came up through the ranks, got
experience and then went on to get education It just makes them much more valuable for us to hold on to. Finding someone who has the skill set and has had leadership roles Has led people and has worked on the ground and has that real-world field
experience – plus – education That’s it’s a rare find. Does it benefit having folks come in with a natural resources degree? I’d say definitely. This is sort of a niche or specialized thing. You need to know the background range management and wildlife. A general biology degree or
microbiology degree which would probably qualify for the position, has as
much to do with natural resource management as art. So in the long-run a Natural Resources degree is a more focused degree and what you’re doing on a daily basis can’t can’t really be learned from just a generalized degree I think.

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