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Who I am, what I do

Ron Steffens on the Green Fire, Wyoming. August 2013.I teach, manage wildfires and support a range of writing and media projects.

Mostly in winter and mostly online I am a professor of communications with a focus on nonfiction writing, media publishing, and environmental communications. For most of my academic career I’ve advised student media and supported community media. Community media projects include work with Rutland Area Farm and Food Link and writing of  and production support for “Historical Audio Walking and Driving Tours” with the Poultney (VT) Historical Society. These days my teaching at Green Mountain College is primarily delivered via online courses, in the college’s online masters program in environmental studies and in undergraduate communication courses.

My summer work in fire management began when I worked as a fire lookout in Patagonia, Arizona and continued with seasonal positions in Saguaro National Park, where I served as fire effects monitor and lead of a backcountry fire crew. Since 1992, my fire seasons have been based out of Grand Teton National Park, where I support Teton Interagency Fire as a fire monitor, incident commander, and fire analyst.

I recently helped to launch wildfireworld.org, a website supporting the International Association of Wildland Fire communication projects, including Wildfire Magazine and the 2011 launch of a Global Wildfire Awareness Week. Recently my writing and editing has focused on Wildfire Magazine, with other projects and topics on the horizon.