November 3, 2008
The Academic Outreach Office and the Environmental Studies program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will host the fourth in a series of five environmental speaker events this semester on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11 and 12.
Ed Pontbriand, a Schoodic district law enforcement ranger at Acadia National Park, will present a documentary film entitled “Thin Green Line.” The film will be shown on Tuesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The documentary takes viewers around the world and illustrates the hard work, dedication and danger involved in being a park ranger.
The following day, on Wednesday, November 12 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room, Pontbriand will discuss “Wildland Fire – Ecology & Management.” He has extensive experience with wildland fire in the western United States, and also talk about the role it plays in the ecosystem.
The general public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided and the events are free.
Pontbriand has worked in Acadia since 2002. His previous park experience includes, five years in North Cascades National Park in Washington State as the Stehekin district ranger, six years at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado as the Yampa district ranger, three years at Wind Cave in South Dakota as area wildlife and cave ranger, and nine seasons as a seasonal summer employee at Glacier National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Acadia National Park, Independence National Park and Lake Mead National Recreational Area.
He graduated with a bachelors’ degree in recreation management from the University of Maine at Machias in 1980, attended seasonal law enforcement school in North Carolina and permanent law enforcement school at the Federal Law Enforcement Center in Glenco Georgia.
Pontbriand holds certifications as a task force leader in wild land fire working on more than 200 fires mostly in western states, a national EMT since 1979, a planning section chief for the Eastern Type II All Hazard Incident Management team and a National Park Service advanced and basic instructor for Search and Rescue.
He has taken detail assignments in Alaska as a resource protection officer in 1991 on the Exxon Valdez Oil spill recovery team; in Utah as a National Park Service team leader for the NPS security teams at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics; and as planning section chief for the National Park Service response to the 2008 New York City marathon in Gateway National Recreational area.
Pontbriand’s specialty is emergency medical services, incident command system and search and rescue management.
He currently lives in Gouldsboro Maine with his wife of 28 years, a 14-year-old daughter, a Norwegian horse and two border collies dogs used for search and rescue in Maine and Acadia National Park.
For more information contact Don Eno at 834-7835 or visit: http://www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/outreach/