Who is a Representative of The Nature Conservancy?
It is important to understand the term Conservancy Representative because it affects administrative procedures, personnel qualifications, and insurance coverage. To qualify as a Conservancy Representative, a person must meet two criteria:
Prescribed burning on Conservancy property is an obvious example of an activity that would qualify as furthering the Conservancy's mission. Conducting a prescribed fire on land not owned by the Conservancy might also qualify, as would engaging in initial attack under the terms of a Mutual Aid Agreement, if these activities are a means of furthering the Conservancy's goals. It is critical to recognize that you will be functioning as a Conservancy Representative even if the activity is on land not owned by the Conservancy.
Excluded from the category of Conservancy Representatives are:
An example of the second category is a state forestry employee who participates on a joint burn crew led by a TNC burn boss. The agency employee is acting as a representative of his/her agency, not the Conservancy.
Some cases are difficult to interpret. For example, is a private contractor volunteering on a Conservancy burn crew representing his/her business, or truly acting as a volunteer? In ambiguous cases, check with your Conservancy attorney or Fire Manager for clarification. The interpretation may affect insurance coverage and fire planning requirements.
Last updated July 20, 2017.