A Step Beyond the Fire

A Step Beyond the Fire

A Step Beyond the Fire podcast was created to educate and engage with listeners of all ages about the use of fire for the benefit of the land - better known as prescribed fire. Join our host named Cully, a conservationist and lifelong outdoorsman from Florida in the field as he seeks to document memorable life experiences told by people who are involved with conservation in the 21st century landscape. He challenges you to join him where the flame ends and new life begins!

Episodes

February 21, 2024 38 mins

Steve meets up with his longtime friend Rick Dolan, the current statewide Director of the Florida Forest Service.  Rick and Steve discuss leadership amidst their experiences in the challenging scenarios of wildfires, hurricanes and other types of natural disasters.  

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In this episode, Cully provides some show updates, ways to contribute to the show and new directions to be expected in the upcoming Season 3.  

Check out these upcoming conservation events: 

 Savannah River Fire Festival

Putnam Land Conservancy's Rally for Conservation 

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In this episode, guest host Steve Miller has the opportunity to connect with one of his good friends named Kelly Martin.  Kelly recounts some of her incredible experiences as the past Chief of Fire and Aviation for Yosemite National Park, and they cover many interesting topics including emotional intelligence, fire behavior, education, diversity and gender roles in fire.  

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January 10, 2024 43 mins

Guest host Steve Miller (Director of Fire and Aviation Management, USFS Eastern Region) and his colleague Rosi Mulholland get together to share stories and lessons learned that span both of their many years as fire practitioners.  

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Cully meets with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Executive Director Roger Young to talk about his career as a conservation law enforcement officer, and what leadership looks like for him in his current role as the leader of a 3,000+ employee statewide agency.  

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December 13, 2023 48 mins

Cully joins Rylee and Ryan McKenzie at the headquarters of a local family-owned business called Quality Equipment and Parts to talk about some of the latest equipment available in the market today that can be used in conjunction with fire to help us restore native landscapes.  

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November 29, 2023 30 mins

Cully joins David Hogrefe, the president and founder of a company called Sandpine Alliance.  Tune in to learn more about how David has turned his work in fire into humanitarian projects in East Africa.  David explains just how much fire is a part of daily life in the rural tribes he works with.  

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November 15, 2023 42 mins

Cully meets with Dr. Charles "Butch" Taylor, a retired professor emeritus from Texas A&M University, who has spent over 40 years as a researcher, author, lead instructor, and advocate for prescribed fire.  Dr. Taylor talks about how he became interested in fire early in life, and some of the lessons he has learned during his distinguished career in fire.  

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November 1, 2023 39 mins

In this episode, Cully welcomes a gentleman named Rick Lint to the show.  Rick is the current Deputy Regional Forester for the Southern Region with the US Forest Service, where he oversees all National Forests in 14 states as well as Puerto Rico.  Rick shares some of the challenges of stewardship in a changing world, his background in fire, and some of the unique opportunities that can be found in federal employment.   

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October 18, 2023 48 mins

Cully meets up with an Extension Specialist for Fire Ecology named John Weir out at Oklahoma State University.  John shares his experiences as a researcher, educator, and his practical experience as a prescribed burner in the rangelands of his state. 

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October 4, 2023 39 mins

In this eposide, Cully meets up with a fire expert named Steve Miller who forged an incredible legacy during his time in Florida that still holds true to this day.  Steve recounts some of his early experiences building a highly successful prescribed fire program for the St. Johns River Water Management District from scratch with a horse named Jeff.  

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Cully plugs in remotely for this episode with an expert prescribed burner named Rick Anderson.  Rick describes his unique perspective as a tenth generation Floridian, having learned to burn from knowledge passed down by his ancestors.  

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September 6, 2023 37 mins

In this first episode of Season 2, Cully sits down with a highly experienced wildland fire professional named Greg Seamon.  They discuss what his life experienes beyond the United States have been like, and share some good stories along the way.  

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In this final episode of Season 1, Cully shares some of the new content in the upcoming season and he shares with you memories of his family earlier in life. 

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July 26, 2023 37 mins

Cully meets with Ludie Bond, a communications specialist with the Florida Forest Service.  Join them as they discuss the important skills that we all must have if and when we need to with fire in populated spaces.  

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July 12, 2023 38 mins

Cully meets up with Zach Prusak, a well known training specialist who has spent many years in the field as a prescribed burner, mentor, and teacher.  Zach talks about some of the exciting career options available to people even if they do not have a background in fire.  

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Cully travels to Putnam County Florida to visit with Ben and Louanne Williams on their beautiful property that they manage for stewardship and educational purposes.   Cully and Ben discuss the establishment of the local Prescribed Burn Association and some of the important lessons they have learned as private landowners.  

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Join Cully and his old college buddy Cynthia Balboni along the hiking trail to discuss what her life is like managing native ecosystems on a military installation.  Cynthia describes her experiences in the field working with endangered species, managing prescribed fires, wildfire suppression and the many unique challenges she faces along the way.  

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In this Episode, Cully meets with Jason Houck, an engineer in the Orlando area that specializes in the construction of wildlife road crossings.  Jason talks about some of the important projects that he has been in involved with over the years, and the critical steps that are needed to preserve biodiversity in Florida's changing landscapes.  

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Cully heads over to visit with Scott Sager, the manager for the University of Florida's Austin Cary Forest.  The property is a unique area dedicated to research, teaching opportunities and active land management.  Cully and Scott talk about how areas like this play such a vital role for future generations.  

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