Dan Leavell

Biography

Associate Professor of Practice faculty in the FERM Dept., Oregon State University, College of Forestry.  Appointed (2021) to develop a new program in fire-related education/training/experience, and to teach fire classes for students, partners, outside practitioners. Klamath and Lake County forest and fire agent (2014 to 2021).  Private forest and natural resource consultant (2010 to 2014).  Fire Chief for a 15 square mile, all-risk/all-hazard volunteer Fire Department/Fire Service Area in NW Montana (2006 – 2012) and volunteered for two years as a firefighter/EMT for a Klamath County Fire District (2014 to 2016).  Wildland firefighter for every fire season from 1978 to 2012. Served as Operations Section Chief (11 years) for Type 1 and 2 Incident Management Teams (up the ranks from squad boss, crew boss, strike team leader, division supervisor, etc).  Also served as Field Observer, Structure Protection Specialist, fireline EMT, Safety Officer, Situation Unit Leader, Infrared Interpreter, and Plans Chief trainee concurrent with Operations experience and training.  Participated on rehab BAER Teams, Agency Administrator, resource advisor, and other fire-related jobs.  Served on wildland fires from Florida to Alaska, and all areas in between.  Also participated in flood, hurricane, search and rescue, and disaster recovery incidents. Worked for the Forest Service in forestry, natural resources, and fire (1973 to 2010): 5 years starting with the Fire Control Lab in Riverside, CA and moved to the Forest and Range Experiment Station in Corvallis, OR.  Rest of the time worked and lived in remote Ranger Stations in N. Idaho, NE Oregon, Central Idaho, and NW Montana. Retired in 2010 as Forest Program Manager (silviculturist, forest ecologist, fire ecologist) on the Kootenai NF in NW Montana.  Silviculture certification in Region 6 in 1987 to 1992 (Oregon State University and University of Washington).  BS and MS in Forestry/Forest Science from Oregon State University (1977 and 1991) and PhD in landscape and disturbance ecology from the University of Montana (2000).

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