About eFIRE

eFIRE is an Electronic Field-based Interactive RxFire Experience created by NC State University in collaboration with state forestry agencies and the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability’s (SERPPAS) Prescribed Fire Work Group to better ensure a useful tool for individuals interested in managing their privately owned southeastern pine stands with prescribed fire. The SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group consists of federal, state, and private representatives throughout the Southeast focused on increasing the amount of prescribed fire to enhance longleaf pine and other fire-maintained species, to decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and to improve wildlife habitat.

Primary Subject Matter Experts

  • Laurie Gharis Extension Assistant Professor, Extension Forestry, NC State University
  • Jennifer Evans Extension Associate, Extension Forestry, NC State University
  • Jennifer Busam Graduate Student, NC State University


  • Jesse Wimberley Landowner and Owner of Lighterwood Farm
  • Brandon Price Consulting Forester and Wildlife Manager, Wildland Forestry & Environmental, Inc.
  • Kelley Douglass Forest Stewardship Biologist, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Margit Bucher Assistant Director of Science & Stewardship, The Nature Conservancy
  • Robert Horton Resource Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Carolina
  • Susan Miller Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Chad Brandon District Forester, North Carolina Forest Service


  • Lark Hayes Principal, Lark Conservation Consulting LLC
  • Tom Earnhart Producer, Explore North Carolina, LLC

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