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To provide Cal Poly students, faculty, staff and the public with a unique interdisciplinary environment in which to foster the Learn by Doing philosophy by providing educational experiences on a working ranch, supporting diversified agriculture and forest resources while maintaining the integrity of ranch operations.

  —Our Mission

2023 Santa Barbara Training Exchange (TREX)

UCSB Sedgwick Reserve, Santa Ynez, CA: November 11th - 18th, 2023

Deadline for consideration: September 6, 2023
Notification concerning 1st round of selection will be made no later than September 20, 2023.


Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) and cooperative burns provide experiential training that builds robust local capacity for fire management and offers fire practitioners a more holistic perspective. The key focus of TREX is promoting the spread of effective cooperative burning—helping diverse partners leverage skills, resources and staff in ways that maximize opportunities for outreach, treatment and training. The Santa Barbara TREX seeks to build capacity for community-based burning by promoting the ecological health of diverse Santa Barbara landscapes while meeting cultural training and wildfire mitigation outcomes.

2023 TREX firefighters will engage in 8 days of training on breathtaking wildlands, learning and working alongside professional fire practitioners, tribal partners, ranchers, land managers, and community members to meet diverse objectives with "Good Fire". Firefighters of varying experience will work on a range of Rx fire skills and task books, from firing and holding operations, to unit preparation and mop-up, to taking on leadership training assignments. 

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