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Forestry Intern, Intern Forester (2016 - 2018)
Brandon Coleman is a 2016 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Forest Resources. He began working on the GMF summer crew in May 2016 and then became a full-time intern forester after receiving his Connecticut forester’s license.
As an intern forester, Brandon worked closely with the GMF staff to assist in forest operations, workshops, equipment maintenance, and the production of forest products including milled lumber, firewood, and maple syrup. In his spare time, Brandon enjoyed being outside, particularly doing rock-climbing and photography.
Brandon left GMF in April 2018 to accept a position with the U.S. Forest Service as a member of the Black Mountain Hotshot Crew on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada. In his new position as a member of Black Mountain Hotshot Crew, he will respond to wildland fires and other natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes). Crew members must be team players, highly motivated, self disciplined, hard working and in top physical condition – all of which Brandon is! He will be involved in rigorous fieldwork for extended periods of time. Assignments often require being in remote areas for many days at a time; normally they may exceed 14 continuous days. Repeated shifts of 14-18 hours are normal. The work is primarily performed in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick vegetation, smoky conditions with a wide variation of adverse circumstances. Hotshots must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor bivouac and eating situations under an unpredictable set of circumstances.
After meeting the Connecticut Wildfire Crew during a training session at the Yale Forestry Camp at GMF, Brandon was intrigued, and began to train with the group.
The board and staff of GMF are very proud of Brandon for qualifying for and accepting this position!
Wildland Fire Fighter, Western U.S.