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Dave Lasky

Module Lead;
Fire Management Director - Forest Stewards Guild

A fifteen year veteran of wildland fire, Dave is a Type 2 Burn Boss, Type 4 Incident Commander, and Task Force Leader.

He has worked across the industry as an Engine Boss, Fire Crew Leader for the Four Mile Fire Department, as a member of the White River Wildland Fire Module, and on the Boulder County Type 3 IMT.  Dave got his start in fire initially as a private contractor running a restoration forestry business that utilized draft horses as the motive power source.

Prior to fire, Dave spent 10 years in Experiential Education, working an instructor on 50 day wilderness expeditions for adolescents and as the Executive Director of the Institute for Creative Education.

Contact Dave at dave@gpwfm.org


Daniel Godwin

Module Engine Boss;
Business and Development Manager

Daniel Godwin is originally from north Florida, where fire is about as ubiquitous as fried mullet and sweet tea.

He started his fire career with The Nature Conservancy after graduating from the University of Florida, working on an engine module supporting interagency prescribed fire.  He completed his PhD at the University of Missouri - Columbia, where he investigated the interrelation of fire intensity, rainfall, and tree mortality in the savannas of Kruger National Park, South Africa. At Mizzou, he founded and equipped the local chapter of the Student Association for Fire Ecology to provide qualified personnel for prescribed burns on Missouri public and private lands. 

Daniel is a qualified engine boss, firing boss, fire effects monitor, and resource adviser, and has helped put good fire on the ground across the US. Outside of fire, he has managed a non-profit outdoor guiding service, worked in collections management of cultural resources, and led backpacking trips in New Mexico. 


  Photo by: Larry Luckham

Photo by: Larry Luckham

ERIN BANWELL

Fire Effects Monitor Lead;
Fire Management Program Coordinator - Forest Stewards Guild

Erin has over 10 years of work experience from a variety of natural resource related jobs, including planning, research, land management, and ecology in the academic, private, non-profit, and governmental sectors. 

Passionate about fire ecology, fire effects, and monitoring, she travels nationally and internationally to train Fire Effects Monitors at Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) events.

Erin graduated with honors from Humboldt State University, with a Master of Science Degree in Natural Resources – Forestry, and a minor in Statistics.  She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry – Wildland Fire Management, with a minor in Environmental Ethics.  For her thesis work, she conducted field and laboratory research on forest floor characteristics in long-unburned Jeffrey Pine–white fir forests of the Lake Tahoe Basin, where she focused primarily on small-scale spatial variations in forest floor moisture and bulk density. 

Contact Erin at erin@gpwfm.org

 
 

 
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THAYER MCKEITH

Module Squad Boss

Now in his fifth season of wildland fire, Thayer is a fully qualified Squad Boss and Engine Boss Trainee.

 

He has worked on many federal resources within the intermountain west, including the White River Wildland Fire Module.  Work with the module provided experience in a wide variety of fuel types, including the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and extensively within the Rocky Mountain region.

With a passion for restoring balance to our forests through the implementation of prescribed fire, Thayer now splits his time between Gravitas Peak and the San Juan National Forest.

Outside of fire, Thayer is working to finish his undergraduate degree at CU Boulder, with a double major in Geography and Psychology.