New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service has created a new position for a wildland fire management specialist.
NMSU is one of only two land-grant universities in the U.S. to create this type of position. The University of Hawaii was the forerunner in developing such a position.
NMSU officials say that after back-to-back record-breaking fire seasons in New Mexico, natural resource managers are facing significant challenges in fire-damaged areas. That includes massive erosion events.
Officials say the specialist, Doug Cram, has been charged with developing programs that bring science to bear regarding all aspects of wildfires.
Cram returns to New Mexico after serving as the wildland fire specialist in Hawaii. A native of Los Alamos, he previously studied fire ecology in the Southwest at NMSU.
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