The Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training module was created by Chicago Wilderness in 2001 through a collaborative effort which included the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Forest Preserve District of Dupage County, Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake County Forest Preserve District, McHenry County Conservation District, National Audubon Society, and The Nature Conservancy. The training manual and course materials were prepared by Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD. Funding for the project was provided by the USDA Forest Service in support of Chicago Wilderness.
Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this training covers the basics of such topics as prescription burn techniques, fire behavior, and smoke management. The objective is to provide participants with the background necessary to safely participate on the crew of a prescribed burn. Please note that while many CW land-owning organizations accept this course as their standard minimum crew member training, it does NOT currently carry the official NWCG S-130/S-190 certification.

The CW Natural Resources Management Team organizes several sessions of this training each year. The classes are open to volunteers, professional natural resources management staff, and others interested in the restoration and management of natural areas. Please visit the Registration page for information on upcoming sessions.