Washoe Tribe Intentional Fire Training Exchange (TREX)


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We are seeking participants for the first Washoe Tribe Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX)!

About the TREX:

Whether you’re a seasoned fire practitioner, or interested in learning about Cultural fire, the Washoe Tribe’s Intentional Fire Training Exchange (TREX) is an opportunity to gather, foster connections, exchange knowledge, and gain vital training in intentional burning.


Our TREX is a dynamic event that integrates Indigenous Knowledge, community collaboration, and modern land management approaches to tackle multiple objectives vital for environmental health, cultural preservation, and stewarding our area/region for Forest Health.

Join us to:

  • Learn more about how the Washoe Tribe is revitalizing Cultural burning on Washoe lands
  • Engage in hands-on intentional fire training and learn differences between Cultural Fire and Prescribed Fire
  • Become part of a diverse and skilled community of land stewards

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Who can Participate?

We are prioritizing applications from indigenous people, but welcome applications from all who share a commitment to learning and collaboration in this field.

Participants will be expected to provide documentation of current fire certifications that meet the minimum standards outlined in the National Interagency Incident Management System Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide PMS 310-1 for Interagency wildland fire positions. This includes the following NWCG training courses, a practice fire shelter deployment, and pack test: S-130, S-190, L-180, ICS-100, IS-700. 

We will support opportunities for individuals to fulfill these requirements before the TREX if they currently do not possess them, and applicants can indicate their need for assistance on the application form. Food and lodging will be provided at no cost to participants. 

Where is the TREX?

Participants will engage in training sessions across the Washoe homelands. A significant portion of the training will occur at the Nevada 4H camp in Lake Tahoe, along with various other locations.


Applications are closed.

To inquire about future TREX events, please reach out to Rhiana Jones at Rhiana.jones@washoetribe.us

What is TREX?

Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) and cooperative burns provide experiential training that builds robust local capacity for fire management and offers fire practitioners a more holistic perspective—while implementing treatments that support community and landscape objectives.

Learn more at: https://firenetworks.org/trex/


The Washoe Tribe Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) working group’s planning committee comprises representatives from the Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada, University of Nevada, Reno Extension, The Nature Conservancy, and USDA Forest Service.

Funding for this project provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Business and Workforce Development Grants and the Nature Conservancy. Additional funding provided by the Tahoe Fund, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and National Forest Foundation.

For further information or questions, contact:
Christina Restaino, PhD
Assistant Professor | Director – Living with Fire Program
University of Nevada, Reno Extension

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