John Rizza is the Regional Fire Specialist for the Northeast Fire Service Area (based in La Grande, Oregon). He was previously the Small Acreage Extension Specialist with the Colorado State University Extension Service (Grand Junction, CO), and
a forester with the Idaho consulting firm Northwest Management and with the Colorado State Forest Service. John has a BS in Natural Resources from Colorado State University and a MS in Forestry from the University of Tennessee. He also holds credentials as a Wilderness First Responder, Level 2 Avalanche Rescue, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner, Type 2 Wildland Firefighter (previous), and Project Learning Tree Facilitator.