Jane Park is a fire and vegetation expert with 20 years of experience in fire and protected area management. As an incident commander, she has responded to significant wildfires and other natural disasters (flood, hurricane, outbreaks).
As an expert for the Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) initiative, Jane and another Canadian expert Mike May are working in collaboration with the Government of Bolivia’s Ministry of Environment and Water (MMAyA), National Service for Protected Areas (SERNAP) and the Vice-Ministry of Civil Defense and the Joint Command for Reaction to Adverse Emergencies of the Armed Forces (CC-REA). They will provide technical assistance through training, sharing best practices and lessons learned to support the management of forest fires in protected areas and indigenous territories in the Bolivian Amazon and adjacent forest ecosystems.
Jane has loved the outdoors ever since she was a child. Her work focuses on restoring fire through prescribed fire, fuel management, and native vegetation restoration and conservation. She also works to bring awareness and culture change related to the weaving of Indigenous knowledge in protection, gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in the fire and conservation community.
Based in Alberta, Canada, Jane has experience in fire management across Canada and abroad (US and Australia). She holds a Master of Science in Forest Ecology from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Winnipeg.