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The latest webinar from the Wildland Fire and Fuel Community of Practice is an update on the Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC)–BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) Joint Working Group.

This Wildland Fire and Fuel Community of Practice: Joint Working Group Update webinar examines four key projects and deliverables of the joint working group: rearticulated fire practice areas; Wildland Fire and Fuel Management Guidelines (May 2024); the development of standards and competencies for wildland fire resiliency and risk reduction; and, the peer review process for service and recommendation on wildland fire risk reduction.


  • Garnet Mierau, RPF, FPBC director of practice; and
  • Tara Bergeson, RPF, MSc, FPBC deputy director, competence and practice

Mierau has practised professional forestry at a provincial scale since 2003, serving in an executive capacity with the Consulting Foresters of BC, then most recently with Forsite Consultants. Mierau is also past-chair of the FPBC Board and previously served three years on FPBC’s Discipline Committee. Mierau was recently the Kamloops-North Thompson regional co-ordinator for the National Forest Week-BC Coalition as well.

Bergeson is the deputy director, competence and practice with FPBC. She previously worked in urban forestry, wildfire and silviculture, and currently supports regulator facilitation of the FPBC-BCWS Joint Working Group.

Laing has more than 30 years of prevention, preparedness, and wildfire response experience, and is a Certified Type 1 incident commander, operations section chief, liaison, and Type 2 prescribed burn boss.