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Lunch and Learn: Prescribed Fire Policy Barriers: Research findings on challenges and strategies on federal lands across the West
Nov
27
12:30 PM12:30

Lunch and Learn: Prescribed Fire Policy Barriers: Research findings on challenges and strategies on federal lands across the West

Utah State Forestry Extension presents this research update:

Past surveys have identified policies and regulations that managers say limit their ability to conduct prescribed fire.

Researchers are investigating barriers to prescribed fire across the West for the BLM and the US Forest Service. The goals are to identify the origin and range of policy barriers and identify opportunities to overcome them. Learn about what they’ve discovered and contribute your input.

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The Science of Budgeting Fire Programs: Integrating Fuels and Preparedness at National and Landscape Levels
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

The Science of Budgeting Fire Programs: Integrating Fuels and Preparedness at National and Landscape Levels

Co-sponsored by Colorado State University WESTFIRE Research Center

Fuels treatments and preparedness programs can interact in complementary ways to add value to both programs, increasing budget effectiveness and efficiency, but science is seldom applied to budget and appropriation at the federal level. This research shows how to distribute our budgets in both fuels and preparedness treatments to get the best value from both!

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Webinar - Connecting Resilience Science with Decision-Making: Guidelines for the Effective Development and Application of Scientific Information
Jul
8
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar - Connecting Resilience Science with Decision-Making: Guidelines for the Effective Development and Application of Scientific Information

Jul 8, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time (12pm Arizona Time)

Presenter: Melanie Colavito, University of Arizona

Host: Southwest Fire Science Consortium

This webinar describes the results of a study that sought to identify barriers and opportunities to the use of scientific information about resilience for decision-making and on-the-ground management. Data for this study was collected from interviews that were conducted with scientists, managers, and other stakeholders following "Fostering resilience in Southwestern ecosystems: A problem solving workshop," which was held in Tucson, Arizona, in February 2014. Results are organized according to four major themes: application of scientific information, development of scientific information, communication of scientific information, and scientific information needs. Recommendations for effectively connecting resilience science with decision-making are also provided.

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Webinar - Large Incident Risk Assessments: The Roles of the Agency Administrator and the Resource Specialist
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Webinar - Large Incident Risk Assessments: The Roles of the Agency Administrator and the Resource Specialist

Presented by: Stephen Gage, Asst. Dir., Operations for fire and aviation management USFS & Kevin Martin, Forest Supervisor, Umatilla National Forest.

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This webinar was originally planned for May 4. The date was changed to June 2, 2015.

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Webinar - Drivers of Wildfire Suppression Costs
May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Webinar - Drivers of Wildfire Suppression Costs

May 20, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am

http://www.nwfirescience.org/events/drivers-wildfire-suppression-costs

Time listed is Pacific Time.

Presented by: Autumn Ellison, Research Assistant & Patrick Bixler, Research Associate, from the Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon.

View the publication here (PDF 3.5 MB).

Link to the webinar here.

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Webinar - NWS Fire Weather Resources for the South
May
14
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar - NWS Fire Weather Resources for the South

May 14, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/southern-fire-exchange-webinar-nws-fire-weather-resources-for-the-south-tickets-16939364094

Time listed is Eastern Time.

Presenter: Angela Enyedi, Meteorologist, National Weather Service

This webinar will introduce some of the valuable forecast products developed by the National Weather Service for predicting wildfire and smoke behavior in the Southern US.

Angela Enyedi is a meteorologist with the Jacksonville, Florida National Weather Service office and the leads the Jacksonville fire weather forecast program. Following the webinar there will be time for Q & A.

Registration is required! Visit the link above to register.

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Webinar - Minimizing Impacts of Prescribed Fire on Eastern Box Turtles
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar - Minimizing Impacts of Prescribed Fire on Eastern Box Turtles

May 13, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

https://www.stewardshipnetwork.org/stewardship-network-webcasts

Prescribed fire is an effective management tool frequently used to alter, maintain, and restore vegetative communities throughout Michigan. It is also a tool that can negatively impact Eastern box turtle populations. There are several natural history and behavioral conflicts that make reducing the negative effects of prescribed fire on box turtles challenging. Box turtles are slow-moving, their active season overlaps the burning season, they tend to hide in high fuel loads, and their movement patterns are variable and uncoordinated.

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Webinar - Climate, Weather, and Sagebrush Seed Sources: Experimental insights on Challenges and Opportunities
May
13
11:30 AM11:30

Webinar - Climate, Weather, and Sagebrush Seed Sources: Experimental insights on Challenges and Opportunities

May 13, 2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

http://www.greatbasinlcc.org/calendar/webinar-climate-weather-and-sagebrush-seed-sources-experimental-insights-on-challenges-and-opportunities-matt-germino-usgs

Matt Germino, Research Ecologist, USGS Snake River Field Station, Boise, ID, discusses experimental insights on challenges and opportunities regarding climate, weather, and sagebrush seed sources.

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Webinar - Weather Variability and Forecasting Tools for Short and Long Term Restoration Planning
May
12
2:30 PM14:30

Webinar - Weather Variability and Forecasting Tools for Short and Long Term Restoration Planning

May 12, 2015 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

http://www.ser.org/events/events-detail-view/ser-great-basin-webinar-weather-variability-and-forecasting-tools-for-short-and-long-term-restoration-planning

Stuart Hardegree, Plant Physiologist, USDA ARS Northwest Watershed Research Center, Boise, ID, discusses weather variability and forecasting tools for short- and long-term restoration planning in the Great Basin.

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Webinar - Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests
May
7
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar - Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests

May 7, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5865456193042425858

Time listed is PDT.

Marty Alexander, an adjunct professor of wildland fire science and management at the University of Alberta – Canada and Miguel Cruz, a senior bushfire research scientist with CSIRO Land and Water – Australia, will present a summary of their synthesis on crown fire dynamics in conifer forests. Crowning is a common element or characteristic associated with extreme fire behavior in conifer-dominated forest cover types. Crown fires are capable of burning large tracts of forested landscape, thereby placing firefighters at risk, posing a threat to public safety and properties, potentially adversely impacting other values at risk, and increasing suppression expenditures. The presentation will focus on our current understanding and prediction of several different aspects of crown fire behavior (e.g., initiation, propagation, type, spread rate, fire shape and size, flame height, spotting) and also offer some solutions for increasing our knowledge from a practical operational standpoint.

Pre-registration is required at the website above

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Webinar - A GIS Approach to Assessing Population Vulnerability to Smoke in the Southeastern US
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Webinar - A GIS Approach to Assessing Population Vulnerability to Smoke in the Southeastern US

Apr 29, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

http://www.fs.fed.us/rmrs/webinar-series/social-vulnerability/smoke-vulnerability/

Time listed is Eastern time.

This webinar explores the spatial association between social vulnerability and smoke plume dispersion at the census block group level for the thirteen southern states in the USDA Forest Service’s Region 8. Using environmental justice as a conceptual basis, we use Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis to identify clusters or “hot spots” of the coincidence of both higher than average socially marginal populations and plume dispersion. The larger health disparities and environmental justice literature suggests that lower income and minority populations in the U.S. face greater exposure than middle/upper income, non-minority populations to environmental pollutants; however, we are aware of only a few studies examining this relationship in the context of population exposure to wildfires or prescribed fires in the U.S. South, despite the high occurrence of wildfires in the region.

Speakers:

Cassandra Johnson Gaither is a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station in Athens, GA. Her research interests revolve around human community access to environmental amenities like open-lands recreation and urban green space.

Scott Goodrick is a Project Leader and Supervisory Research Meteorologist with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station in Athens, GA. His research focuses on wind-related disturbance, air quality and smoke management, and fire/climste relationships.

Bryn Elise Murphy is a graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Bryn is interested in a career in urban and community forestry research and outreach, particularly with the growing Spanish-speaking population in the South.

Neelam Poudyal is an Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at University of Tennessee. He has Ph.D. in Natural Resources, an M.A. in Geography, and B.S. in Forestry.

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Webinar - Using Field Studies to Find the Most Promising Seed Sources for Restoration
Apr
29
11:30 AM11:30

Webinar - Using Field Studies to Find the Most Promising Seed Sources for Restoration

Apr 29, 2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

http://www.gbfiresci.org/webinars/using-field-studies-to-find-the-most-promising-seed-sources.html

Beth Leger, Associate Professor of Plant Ecology, University of Nevada, Reno, will discuss using field studies to find the most promising seed sources for restoration.

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Webinar - Ten Years of Post-Fire Treatment Monitoring - Learning About Soil & Vegetation Recovery
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Webinar - Ten Years of Post-Fire Treatment Monitoring - Learning About Soil & Vegetation Recovery

Apr 29, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Time listed is Pacific time.

A webinar discussing soil and vegetation recovery and post-fire restoration after the School fire on the Umatilla National Forest in southeastern Washington.

This webinar will feature the work of:

  • Penny Morgan, Professor in the Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences Department at the University of Idaho
  • Peter Robichaud, Research Engineer, and Sarah Lewis, Civil Engineer with the USDA-FS Rocky Mountain Research Station

The 2005 School fire burned about 50,000 acres of the Umatilla NF. Various mulch treatments were used to control erosion on steep slopes, and native grasses were seeded to control weeds. Post-fire treatment effects on native plant recovery, weed movements, and erosion control were monitored from 2005 to 2011.

  • Specific research questions addressed:
  • Vegetation response to fire severity, post-fire erosion control, grass seeding, and salvage logging
  • Post-fire treatment effects on soil biology
  • Effectiveness of erosion control measures

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Webinar - Easy-To-Use Smoke Tools
Apr
16
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar - Easy-To-Use Smoke Tools

Apr 16, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Central Daylight Savings Time

Presented by the Lake States Fire Science Consortium

Trent Wickman, P.E.
Air Resource Management
USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest, Great Lakes National Forests - Eastern Region

Have you ever wanted to do more with smoke but figured learning the tools would take too long or the programs would be too difficult to run?  Attend this webinar and learn how easy the tools are to learn and use.  Specific tools covering smoke from the planning phase of a project to day-of-the-burn projections will be covered.

Click HERE to attend.

(No registration or passcode needed – please choose “Guest Login” and type in your First and Last name)

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Webinar - Effects of Climate Variability and Accelerated Forest Thinning on Watershed-scale Runoff in Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Forests
Apr
15
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar - Effects of Climate Variability and Accelerated Forest Thinning on Watershed-scale Runoff in Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Forests

Apr 15, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Mountain Daylight Time

Presented by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium

Presenter: Marcos Robles, The Nature Conservancy

The recent mortality of up to 20% of forests and woodlands in the southwestern United States, along with declining stream flows and projected future water shortages, heightens the need to understand how management practices can enhance forest resilience and functioning under unprecedented scales of drought and wildfire. To address this challenge, a combination of mechanical thinning and fire treatments are planned for 238,000 hectares (588,000 acres) of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests across central Arizona. Mechanical thinning can increase runoff at fine scales, as well as reduce fire risk and tree water stress during drought, but the effects of this practice have not been studied at scales commensurate with recent forest disturbances or under a highly variable climate. Modifying a historical runoff model, we constructed scenarios to estimate increases in runoff from thinning ponderosa pine at the landscape and watershed scales based on driving variables: pace, extent and intensity of forest treatments and variability in winter precipitation.

For additional information and to register, click HERE.

Contact Name : Barb Satink Wolfson
Contact Email: swfireconsortium@gmail.com 

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Webinar - A New Age of Wildland Fuel Science
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Webinar - A New Age of Wildland Fuel Science

Apr 14, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

http://nrfirescience.org/event/new-age-wildland-fuel-science

Time listed is MDT.

Wildland fuels may be the most important consideration in fire management, not just because they are important inputs for predicting fire behavior (i.e., how fast and intense a fire gets), but also because fuels are the only factor that can effectively be controlled by direct and indirect management manipulation.

In this webinar, Bob Keane, Research Ecologist with the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, will discuss all that he learned while researching and writing his latest book, Wildland Fuel Fundamentals and Applications, which synthesizes fuels information so that fundamental properties and applications can be objectively described, sampled, classified, and mapped using the most appropriate techniques.

Please visit the website above to register for this webinar.

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Webinar - Climate & weather outlook for the 2015 fire season in the PNW
Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Webinar - Climate & weather outlook for the 2015 fire season in the PNW

Apr 8, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

http://www.nwfirescience.org/events/april-8-climate-weather-outlook-2015-fire-season-pnw

Time listed is PST.

Presented by: John Saltenberger, Meteorologist Predictive Services Program Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Portland OR

No pre-registration required. Visit this page to join the presentation on the day of the webinar.

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Webinar - The NRCS's Role in Developing Native Plant Material for Federal Land
Apr
8
11:30 AM11:30

Webinar - The NRCS's Role in Developing Native Plant Material for Federal Land

Apr 8, 2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

http://www.gbfiresci.org/webinars/the-nrcss-role-in-developing-native-plant-material-for-feder.html

Derek Tilley, Agronomist and Manager, USDA NRCS Aberdeen Plant Materials Center, ID, will discuss the NRCS role in developing native plant material for federal land.

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Webinar - Burning for Birds: Birds, Fire and Southeastern Habitat Management
Apr
3
11:00 AM11:00

Webinar - Burning for Birds: Birds, Fire and Southeastern Habitat Management

Apr 3, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southern-fire-exchange-webinar-burning-for-birds-tickets-16086815097

This webinar will help to underscore the tight interconnections between birds and fire and will focus on four key factors that fire practitioners vary when conducting burns: frequency, season, extent, and ignition pattern. Examples of the effects fires can have on birds associated with fire-dependent ecosystems found in the southeast will be presented.

Jim Cox heads up the Stoddard Bird Lab at Tall Timbers Research Station and spends most of his time studying the declining bird species associated with southern pine forests. Following the webinar there will be time for Q & A.

Registration is required! Visit the website above to register.

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Webinar - Increasing Integration of Pollinator-Friendly Forbs in Wildland Restoration
Apr
1
11:30 AM11:30

Webinar - Increasing Integration of Pollinator-Friendly Forbs in Wildland Restoration

Apr 1, 2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

http://www.gbfiresci.org/webinars/increasing-integration-of-pollinator-friendly-forbs-in-wildl.html

Byron Love, Ph.D. student, USDA ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit and Utah State University, Logan, UT, will discuss increasing integration of pollinator-friendly forbs.

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Webinar - Diggin' Dirt: Fuel Reduction Practices and Their Effects
Mar
31
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar - Diggin' Dirt: Fuel Reduction Practices and Their Effects

http://nrfirescience.org/event/diggin-dirt-fuel-reduction-practices-and-their-effects

Time listed is MDT.

This webinar will be presented by Matt Busse.

Soils are exceedingly complex. They contain a diverse array of minerals and organic compounds, chemical reactions, physical states, and biological diversity, and are responsible for countless ecological functions that belie their common appearance and colloquial namesake (dirt). Most importantly, soils sustain life by providing plants with essential nutrients, water, and physical support. They also play a major role in providing a clean water supply, degrading toxic compounds, supplying novel antibiotics for human health, and circulating greenhouse gases.

How do the above foundational soil processes translate to forest management and, particularly, to on-the-ground fuel management practices? For example, are all soils sufficiently resilient to cope with fire or harvesting disturbance? If not, which soils are least resilient and why, and which fuel treatments are most damaging to soil? These questions will be addressed by providing an overview of a recently published Joint Fire Science Program-based synthesis report on soils and fuel reduction practices.

Discussion topics will include:

  • ecological consequences of prescribed fire on soil heating, water repellency, and soil nutrient release
  • pile burning
  • whole tree harvesting and nutrient removal
  • the evils of soil compaction

It will be argued that with thoughtful planning and implementation, reducing fuels while proactively managing our soils can be complementary outcomes.

 

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