M-580, Fire in Ecosystem Management, N/A

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Through lectures, case studies, a field trip, and interaction between students and faculty, the course will:

  • Explore the role of fire and fire management in ecosystem management.
  • Examine historical, social, political, legal, economic, and environment factors critical to fire management.
  • Provide the students with concepts, technologies and methods to actively engage in ecosystem management across the landscape.

For additional course information, refer to NAFRI website at https://www.nafri.gov.


  • Convey the significant role of fire management across a diversity of ecosystems.
  • Demonstrate the complexity and benefits of integrating fire and landscape management with social, political, legal, economic and environmental factors.
  • Provide students with strategies, concepts, reference resources, and models to facilitate ecosystem management decisions.
  • Reinforce fundamental ecological concepts as they relate to fire on the landscape.

Target Group

  • Resource managers, wildland fire planning personnel and line officers who want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of fire management and fire ecology.
  • Natural and cultural resource management specialists, endangered species biologists, compliance specialists (NEPA, SHPO), land, fire and fuels management planners. Individuals involved with planning, implementation, and monitoring of fire and ecosystem management programs.
  • Public affairs, information officers, education and other specialists or individuals who need to communicate to diverse audiences fire management and ecological principles and practices.
  • Agency administrators, (i.e., line officers) senior managers, Staff Officers, Tribal leaders, and other key partners. (i.e., community leaders, local government, state officials, non-government partners, et cetera.)
  • Fire Management Officers and Assistant Fire Management Officers.


M-580 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training40
Total Hours40

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for M-580 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

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