Landscape-Level Effects of Wildfires, Climate Change, and Carnivores


Jon Trapp

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Montana Tech, Public Lecture Series, Wildfire, Wildfires, Climate Change, Fire Ecology, Fire Management, Landscape Management, Conservation, Firefighter, Firefighting, Fire Rescue, Ecology


Jon Trapp has a unique history that merges carnivore and fire ecology and management. Jon has taught courses at the Yellowstone Institute since 2005 that focus on wolf and fire ecology/management and has published on fire and landscape management.

Jon Trapp is an Air Force veteran and served oversees for seven years. After the military Jon earned a Master’s in Conservation Biology, focusing on wolf den-site selection in the northern Rockies. He then worked for wolf programs in Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, and ultimately in Red Lodge, Montana for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. His work centered on conflict resolution, involving emotionally charged stakeholders, including livestock producers, hunting groups, environmentalists and politicians. He is also a wildland firefighter, fighting fire for 11 seasons from Georgia to Alaska.

In 2007, Jon was hired by Red Lodge Fire Rescue and became a nationally certified firefighter/paramedic. He is certified as a Division Supervisor, a Type 4 Incident Commander and is training to become a fire behavior analyst. Jon works closely with Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation fire division and is a member of the region’s Type 3 Incident Command Team. Jon is now an Assistant Chief at Red Lodge Fire Rescue and heads the fire mitigation crew, the technical rescue unit, and the county’s Search and Rescue team.

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