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Janice Peterson

Janice Peterson

  • Bachelor of Science: Forestry (Silviculture)
  • Master of Science: Quantitative Science

I got my first summer job with the Forest Service while I was still in college; over 30 years ago! I was hired by the Fire Research Lab in Seattle to assist with a project to study fuel consumption and emissions from prescribed burning. This project later grew into the Forest Service research group known today as FERA (Fire and Environmental Research Applications). During the next 12 years or so I learned about fire, fuels, and smoke; wrote a few papers and taught various classes.

In 1992 I left the research branch of the Forest Service and joined the Forest Service Air Program as a zone air resource specialist for National Forests in Washington where Iíve been ever since. In this job Iíve learned a lot about deposition and lake sampling, visibility, air regulations, and ozone. And I still have many opportunities to make use of my expertise in fire and smoke. I completed a 4 month detail in 2012 as regional smoke program manager in Region 6. And in 2013 was awarded the national Paul Miller Air Award for the work I accomplished coordinating the interagency response to the severe smoke impacts to communities in central Washington from wildfires in the fall of 2012.