Jennifer Hansen

Program Coordinator Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands – Wildfire Risk Reduction

Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with an emphasis in Forest Policy. She moved to Salt Lake City, Utah after graduation to pursue her adventures in the outdoors. She began working for the Department of Natural Resources in 2004. She received her wildfire certifications in 2008 and her enthusiasm for pursuing a career in Forestry switched to fuels management and wildfire mitigation, education and prevention. In 2009, she accepted a position in the field as the Bear River Area Sovereign Lands/Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Coordinator in Logan, Utah. For those five years, she worked with educating communities on their wildfire risk and mitigation techniques along with implemented several hazardous fuel reduction projects. She was also over the management and administration of sovereign lands for the area which included Bear Lake and the Bear River. In 2014, she accepted a detail as the State-wide WUI Program Administrator over all Division fuel mitigation, community education and prevention efforts. After a year of a detail, she applied for and accepted the position permanently. Being in the position now for 4 years, she had loved the opportunity to be influential in changes in the wildfire policy and supporting the six area field staff to overcome challenges and moving the program forward to better serve the public in Utah.

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