The Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module is a 14-person, Type 1 capable, wildland fire crew. Focused primarily on prescribed fire and fuels management, the Module is a highly adaptable resource comprised of a Type 5 Wildland Engine, a fully self-sufficient 10-person hand crew, and appropriate overhead and technology assets to implement meaningful fire ecology projects.
On the implementation level, the Module works within a project area defined by an approximate 750 mile radius from Denver, Colorado. This project area encompasses the Great Plains, the Inter-Mountain West, Great Basin and Southwest.
The Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module has recently joined forces with the Forest Stewards Guild, a nationally-focused not-for-profit with deep roots in the American Southwest. The Module aligns with the Guild’s mission and 35 year history of promoting ecological, economic, and socially responsible forestry. The Module is now a programmatic arm of the national organization, providing an implementation resource to public and private landowners within the project area noted above, as well as for projects managed by the Southwest Regional Office based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
One mission of the Module is to re-introduce prescribed fire to fire-adapted ecosystems on a landscape scale. This returns our valued wildlands to a healthy and resilient state, protecting vital resources such as watersheds and wildlife habitat, and reduces the risk of catastrophic fire in the surrounding communities.
The Module also has an equally important parallel mission: to serve as a training program for young people from traditionally underrepresented and under-served populations. We provide a fully supported 18-month firefighter training program that prepares young people for competitive employment with the Nation’s land management agencies and a path to success and independence.
The Module accomplishes these missions by partnering with stakeholders to conceptualize forest management and prescribed fire projects as well as providing the administrative and technical services to make these projects a reality.
The Module is relentless in its focus to utilize prescribed fire as both an ecological tool and a training ground to provide disadvantaged young adults the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and generational trauma, through the development of job skills that will be vital to community resilience in the coming decades.
Planning, preparation, and implementation
Fire effects monitoring
Fuels reduction treatments
Private property wildfire risk assessments and defensible space development
Wildland fire suppression
Collaborative project management