John McGuire hired to lead Private Lands Prescribed Fire Initiative

John McGuire prescribed burning

Tall Timbers recently hired John McGuire as director of the Private Lands Prescribed Fire Initiative. He has been tasked to increase the acres of private lands treated with prescribed fire through outreach, research and direct assistance.

John is well-known in the Southeast for his work with prescribed fire. He is a certified burn manager in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. He is also a certified forester and wildlife biologist, as well as a senior ecologist. John comes to Tall Timbers from the private sector where worked for over a decade in ecosystem markets and restoration business. Prior to that he was the first outreach coordinator for the Longleaf Alliance when it was a fledgling organization.

He recently co-authored a paper with Nancy Lowenstein, Extension Specialist with Auburn University, titled “Cogongrass Fires” that was published in March 2020 for Forestry & Wildlife, a publication of the Alabama Extension System and Auburn University. Read the paper here.

John’s passion hobby is as a historian working with Vietnam Veterans.

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