2023 Wildfire Risk Reduction Qualification Course and Assessment - Austin


Kari Hines

Kari Hines graduated with a Bachelors of Sciences in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. She has been with the Texas A&M Forest Service since 2012, first as an Inventory Forester and then with the Mitigation and Prevention Department. She enjoys helping people realize wildfire risks and learn how to protect themselves, their families and communities, all while balancing the environmental needs of their property. On top of various National Wildfire Coordinating Group qualifications including Public Information Officer Type 2 and Firefighter Type 1, she holds Certified Arborist credentials through International Society of Arboriculture.

Jake Gosschalk

Jake Gosschalk is Program Specialist IV for Texas A&M Forest Service in Austin, TX and has been with the agency since 2015. He graduated from Texas Tech University with MS in Horticulture in 2013. Prior to working with TAMFS he worked as a seasonal wildland firefighter for USFWS in Northern California and also has worked in Utility Forestry in Tulsa. He has a variety of qualifications as a Wildland Firefighter, Advanced Faller, and is a Certified Arborist and Oak Wilt qualified.

Tanya Soans

Tanya Soans is a Program Manager for the Austin Fire Department. She provides oversite for Wildland Fire and Prescribed Fire training, along with providing oversight of the Fire Resilient Landscape Program within the Wildfire Division. She holds a number of qualifications as a Wildland Firefighter and Prescribed Fire Manager, including Firing Boss and Faller 2 Certifier. She is TRAQ qualified, serves as a Certified Arborist and Oak Wilt Specialist for the Austin Fire Department, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics with a Minor in Business from Texas A&M University.

Location Information

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, 78739 US

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