MISSOULA – Fire policy, operations and management expert Tom Zimmerman will deliver the first lecture in a new annual series at the University of Montana. His talk, “Wildland Fire Management: Are We Doing Enough?” is slated for 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in University Center Room 331.
It is presented by the UM College of Forestry and Conservation, and is free and open to the public.
The Mike & Mabelle Hardy Fire Management Lecture Series was funded by an estate gift from the late Mike Hardy, a 1939 UM forestry alumnus with a long career as a forester and fire researcher.
Zimmerman served for 33 years with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. He was involved in training, program management, policy development, technology transfer, incident management and other activities. Zimmerman led the creation of fire-use management teams and fire-use modules, the wildland fire implementation plan and wildlife fire decision support system.
He has served as an incident commander and areas commander on wildland fires, prescribed natural fires and wildland fire use events, as well as six hurricanes. Zimmerman also worked on the 1995, 2001 and 2009 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy documents and has published numerous papers and reports on fire topics.
Zimmerman currently serves as the president of the International Association of Wildland Fire. He has a bachelor’s degree in forestry from UM, a master’s degree from the University of Idaho and a doctorate from Colorado State University.