August 2015

Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of all the fallen firefighters. If you are looking for a way to support fallen firefighters' families, one option is through the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.


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About FRAMES

FRAMES strives to provide a convenient, systematic exchange of information and technology within the wildland fire research and management community.

FRAMES is located in the Department of Forest Rangeland, and Fire Sciences in the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources in Moscow, Idaho. 

The FRAMES Program is funded by the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program at the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station.

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Nominations for IAWF's Safety Awards (posted August 27, 2015)

The IAWF is now accepting nominations for four IAWF Awards!

They encourage you to gather your information to nominate some very deserving folks out there! They've added two new awards this year. Recipient does not have to be an IAWF member to receive an award. Awards will be presented at an upcoming IAWF Conference when possible.

The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2015.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Forestry Aid/Technician - Fire (posted August 27, 2015)

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0462-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Temporary NTE 1040 hrs.

DUTY LOCATIONS: 3 vacancies in Brazoria, TX

DUTIES:

  • Serve as a skilled member of a fire or engine crew with responsibility for using a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques in controlling and suppressing fires.
  • Operate a engine for short periods of time.
  • Scout fires and develops data on hazardous areas.
  • Maintain firefighting tools and equipment.
  • Receive and record reports of fires and executes initial attack plans.
  • Assist in dispatching personnel and equipment.
  • Participate in the fire pre-suppression program assisting in recruiting, training, and organizing firefighting crews.

For more information and to apply for this position visit the USA jobs announcement.

Job: Supervisory Range/Forestry Technician - Fire Engine Captain (posted August 27, 2015)

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0455-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION: Work Schedule is Full Time - This is a permanent career seasonal position (6-11 1/2 months employment).

DUTY LOCATIONS: 3 vacancies in Eureka, NV

DUTIES:

Provides technical and administrative supervision to engine crews. Directs the operation of a wildland fire engine, responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment, and ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness.

During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline and directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop up operations. May be required to be a fully qualified chain saw operator.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior during suppression of wildland fire incidents.

Implements formal and informal training programs to comply with policy and regulations. Participates in wildland fire and safety training.

For more information and to apply for this position visit the USA jobs announcement.

Job: Range Technician - Senior Wildland Firefighter (posted August 27, 2015)

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0455-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION: Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a career seasonal position (actively employed 6 - 11 1/2 months per year).

DUTY LOCATIONS: 2 vacancies in Winnemucca, NV

DUTIES:

Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine, performing wildland fire fighting work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning. Drives engine to fire locations; positions engine in appropriate locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment, and how the equipment can best be used in control and mop-up operations. Personally performs and may direct others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.

For a full position listing and to apply visit the USA jobs announcement.

UI and WSU Receive Grant to Help Communities Prepare for, Recover from Wildfires (posted August 25, 2015)

More than 6,000 fires have burned more than 1 million acres in the Northwest so far in 2015, with experts predicting continuing severe wildfires in coming years. 

To help Northwest communities prepare for the future, University of Idaho and Washington State University researchers are studying ways to increase communities’ ability to withstand and recover from wildfires with the support of a new $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

An interdisciplinary research team will focus on improving models that predict where fires are likely to occur, how severe they will be and whether they are likely to produce post-fire floods and landslides. The team will then create a virtual early warning system to help identify particularly vulnerable communities and ecosystems in the region. 

The researchers will work closely with an advisory team of academic, government and industry stakeholders to help translate the research results into action plans for communities at risk.

The project is led by Crystal Kolden, assistant professor in the UI Department of Geography and a faculty member in the university’s Center for Resilient Communities (CRC). The team includes nine faculty members from UI’s College of Science, College of Natural Resources, College of Art & Architecture and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, as well as four faculty members across three colleges from Washington State University. 

The research is particularly critical in the Northwest, where recent wildfire seasons have broken records thanks to contributing factors such as drought, insect damage to forests and changing human behaviors. 

In 2014, the Carlton Complex near Wenatchee, Washington, became the largest wildfire in recorded history for the state, burning 400 square miles and 300 homes. In 2013, large wildfires near Boise denuded hillsides of vegetation and led to post-fire flood and mudflow events that threatened the Anderson Ranch Reservoir and dam, which store water for agricultural needs in southern Idaho.

The project’s interdisciplinary approach speaks to the integrated nature of the research, Kolden said, which is necessary to effectively address the complex issue of wildfires. 

“By improving our understanding of how compounding disturbance factors, such as drought and insects, contribute to wildfire growth and severity; how wildfires translate to post-fire hazards such as floods, landslides and mudflows; and what social factors contribute to community vulnerability to wildfire-induced hazards, we can develop vulnerability maps and early warning systems for the region,” Kolden said. “This will allow us to work with land managers and community planners to develop more holistic mitigation and adaptation strategies.”

Lilian Alessa, a professor in the UI College of Art & Architecture and director of the CRC, said the project reflects a needed shift toward integrated science.

”Our affiliated faculty, like Crystal, exemplify the commitment the CRC has not only to advancing the well-being and vitality of Idaho and her citizens, but also to contributing to actionable science across the nation,” Alessa said.

Alessa is one of the project’s co-principal investigators, along with UI faculty members John Abatzoglou and Jeff Hicke in the Department of Geography. 

Jennifer Adam in WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) is another co-PI and leads the project’s WSU team with support from the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach. Adam is the lead of BioEarth, a modeling platform that will be improved for wildfire. The WSU team also includes Mingliang Liu in VCEA, Jon Yoder in the School of Economic Sciences and Chad Kruger, who is director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Other UI faculty members on the research team include John Anderson in the UI Department of Virtual Technology and Design, Erin Brooks in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Travis Paveglio in Conservation Social Sciences, and Andrew Kliskey and Alistair Smith in Forest, Range and Fire Sciences. 

This project is funded under NSF grant No. 1520873.

Job: Restoration and Invasive Species Technician, The Nature Conservancy, Bristol, FL (posted August 25, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

This is a collaborative position between The Nature Conservancy’s North Florida Program (NFL) and U. S. Forest Service (USFS) Apalachicola National Forest. The work will be shared between the two cooperators across the central panhandle region. This full-time position has currently identified financial support until September 30, 2016 and no guarantees can be made that the position will extend beyond that date. However, The Nature Conservancy is an employer at will and the employment relationship may end at any time. Co-ed housing and basic utilities, with the exception of telephone, will be provided in a Conservancy residence as taxable income to the employee.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Restoration and Invasive Species Technician performs land management and restoration activities. S/he removes exotic species, participates in prescribed fires, and conducts species monitoring. S/he assists with fleet, equipment and tool maintenance. The Restoration and Invasive Species Technician will look after areas open to the visiting public and maintain preserve records using a database or PC.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 9/2/2015.

Senate Hearing in Seattle August 27 about Wildland Fire Management (posted August 25, 2015)

A field hearing that will be held before the Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PDT in the Pigott Auditorium of Seattle University (MAP). The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on opportunities to improve the organizational response of the Federal agencies in the management of wildland fires.

For more information, including a list of speakers, click HERE.

New GTR: Strengthening Syntheses on Fire (posted August 24, 2015)

Strengthening Syntheses on Fire: Increasing Their Usefulness for Managers by Jane Kapler Smith

Fire managers rely on syntheses for concise, objective information that they can apply to questions about management. This report describes ways to create more useful syntheses for managers in fire and related natural resources. Based on current literature and interviews with fire professionals, the report focuses especially on ways to develop management implications and present them clearly in a synthesis.

Selected Key Points:

  • A synthesis for fire managers is most likely to be useful when managers, scientists, and science delivery specialists are all involved in planning and producing it.
  • A synthesis is feasible when the information available is sufficient to meet the needs of the managers who will use it.
  • Both amount and type of information help determine the appropriate type of synthesis (qualitative review, systematic review, or meta-analysis).
  • A credible, defensible synthesis examines a well-defined body of information, describes pattern or lack of pattern in the information, identifies knowledge gaps, and describes management implications clearly.
  • Managers must contribute to identifying and explaining management implications.
  • A short, concise synthesis is not necessarily quick and inexpensive to produce.

Job: Fire & Restoration Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Wells, ME (posted August 19, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Fire & Restoration Crew Member participates in prescribed fire operations and restoration efforts in Maine and New Hampshire on an as-needed (when work is available, not a regular schedule) basis. This is a temporary (up to 6 months from start date) position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Fire and Restoration Crew members will participate on prescribed fire crews on both Conservancy and partner properties in Southern Maine and New Hampshire. Field duties may include conducting fireline preparations, fuel reduction, equipment mobilizing, maintenance and repair, supporting prescribed burn operations, and post burn monitoring. Crew members should expect to work with hand tools, pumps, chainsaws, ATV/UTV’s, type six, type seven wildland engines, GPS devices and digital cameras. The crew may be required to work on some weekends. Crew members must be willing to perform a wide variety of tasks and remain flexible with short-notice scheduling adjustments.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 1, 2015.

Registration now open for Northwest Climate Conference (posted August 19, 2015)

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Northwest Climate Conference in Coeur d'Alene, ID this November 3-5.

The NW Climate Conference annually brings together more than 250 researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the impacts of climate on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Northwest. It is the region's premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register.

Restoring the West Conference Call for Posters (posted August 18, 2015)

Call for Posters

The Restoring the West Conference will bring together people from a wide range of disciplines including fire researchers, agency employees, private and public land managers, fire scientists, students, and fire science educators. This poster session provides an excellent opportunity for participants to share the results of their research (ongoing or completed), cooperative efforts between agencies and/or landowners, or information about land management programs. Posters submitted may cover any area of fire ecology, fire management, or other disciplines related to fire. We encourage submissions that highlight the use (successful or not) of fire for land restoration purposes. Posters submitted must include original work of the authors.

Deadlines

Ongoing - September 25: Call for posters
September 25: Poster submissions due to megandettenmaier@gmail.com
October 1: Notification of poster acceptance will be made

The poster session will take place on Wednesday, October 28 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm.

Job: Oak Openings Restorations Assistant, The Nature Conservancy, Swanton, OH (posted August 18, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Oak Openings Restoration Assistant performs land restoration and management activities at the Kitty Todd Preserve in Swanton, Ohio. This may include seed collecting, seed processing and planting, tree removal, mowing, litter clean-ups, prescribed burning, and weed control using herbicide. He/she will be responsible for preparation and maintenance of equipment used in these management activities. This is a full time, short term position (approximately 6 months from starting date) that involves extensive outdoor physical labor in diverse weather conditions and may require working some weekends. The Oak Openings Restoration Assistant is supervised by the Kitty Todd Preserve Manager, does not supervise other staff, but may supervise volunteers. A strong preference will be given to applicants who have previous wildland firefighting training or are willing to complete the training (online) prior to position beginning.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 08/25/15.

Job: Stewardship Assistant, The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC (posted August 18, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Stewardship Assistant maintains property managed by TNC. S/he removes exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring. S/he may assist in prescribed burns and maintain tools, equipment and land. The Stewardship Assistantwill maintain preserve records using a database or PC.

HOW TO APPLY

For additiona information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 08/31/15.

Job: Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Steward, The Nature Conservancy, Willcox, AZ (posted August 18, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Steward will assist in the day to day operations at the Muleshoe Ranch Preserve, which will include the maintenance, management and general oversight of the preserve and will assist as needed with the guest services operation. This position includes a diverse array of responsibilities which may include directing work teams comprised of volunteers, implementing preserve management plans, assisting State and Federal partners with conservation work on the Preserve, assisting in prescribed burns, removing exotic species, maintaining tools and equipment, and operating heavy machinery.

The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Steward is expected to live at the Muleshoe Ranch Preserve in housing provided by The Nature Conservancy.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 31, 2015.

Job: Burn Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Van Buren, MO (posted August 7, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Burn Crew Member participates in wild land fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Member travels extensively as part of a six person fire crew responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at sites throughout Missouri in woodland and grassland fuels. Burn Crew Members will assist with fireline construction, burn unit preparation, and participate in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. Experience on fires may afford Task Book sign-off for some fireline positions. This position also includes routine preserve management activities such as fencing, boundary posting, and brush cutting. This position requires extended periods of outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions with long and irregular hours and cooking and sleeping under rustic conditions. The Prescribed Burn Crew is required to live in fire management facilities in Van Buren and be available for work on short notice when business requires.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 31, 2015.

Nominations for IAWF's Board of Directors (posted August 4, 2015)

Nominations are now open for new members of the International Association of Wildland Fires' (IAWF) Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted through September 30, 2015 and successful candidates will begin their 3-year term on January 1, 2016. Individuals meeting the requirements listed below may self-nominate.

  • Must be an "individual" member of the IAWF in good standing. Student, Corporate and Agency members are not eligible.
  • The IAWF Board of Directors is a working Board. We expect that individuals serving the membership in these positions will contribute the time, energy and expertise to serve on committees, participate in eleven (11) conference calls per year and generally assist in furthering the mission of the Association. (Calls are scheduled the last Tuesday every month, except December and generally last about 60 minutes.)
  • Applicants with skills/expertise in Financial Management, Board Governance, and Communication/Journalism/Media (Writing and Editing) are highly encouraged to apply.

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) mission is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community. The IAWF was formed to promote a better understanding of wildland fire, and built on the belief that an understanding of this dynamic natural force is vital for natural resource management, for firefighter safety, and for harmonious interaction between people and their environment. The Association is dedicated to communicating with the entire wildland fire community and providing global linkage for people with shared interest in wildland fire and comprehensive fire management.

  • If your job or other activities will prevent you from dedicating sufficient time to committees and monthly meetings, as mentioned above, you may not suited for the position.
  • Since most of the Board's activities are conducted electronically, applicants need to be comfortable using email, opening and filing attachments to email, using Microsoft Word for very basic tasks such as creating documents, opening documents, filing them, and minor editing.
  • Attending an annual face-to-face Board of Directors meeting is very helpful, but not a requirement. The IAWF at this time is not able to pay travel expenses for Board meetings. The annual meetings are one day and are generally held at one of our conferences.

Click here for application/nomination instructions.

Job: Deputy Director/Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, CO (posted August 3, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter seeks an accomplished conservation leader and proven manager to serve as our Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation to help us achieve our goals of conserving threatened landscapes, preserving forests and freshwater resources and other critical conservation priorities, including sustainable grazing, energy, climate change initiatives and other emerging conservation strategies. The Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation serves as the chapter’s chief conservation officer and is responsible for leading, directing, coordinating and overseeing all conservation programs for the chapter. S/he provides the strategic leadership, evaluates program effectiveness and establishes overall conservation priorities to ensure successful and meaningful results are achieved.

The Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation is focused on the chapter’s conservation programs, but has additional responsibility and authority to ensure the overall success and effective management of the chapter. As a result, the position works closely with the State Director to provide broader leadership and management on chapter affairs. A broad summary includes:

Staff Management – Manages and coordinates cross-cutting work priorities between the chapter’s employees and across multiple functions. Directly supervises the Chapter’s Conservation Management Team, conservation staff and work teams, including programs associated with forest, fire, water, lands, grazing, climate, energy, and asset management (i.e., preserve/easement management). Helps build a positive, collaborative and results-driven culture.

Setting Goals and Ensuring Results -In conjunction with the State Director and Leadership Team, develops, implements, prioritizes and evaluates annual and multi-year conservation strategies.

Deputy State Director role: - Ensures coordination and alignment of resources and priorities among all work teams and functions in the chapter beyond conservation. Manages and directs the Conservation Management Team to resolve all conservation-related matters.

Support State Director –Provides close support to and maintains excellent communication to the State Director and other Leadership Team members on a wide variety operational and strategic issues, opportunities and challenges.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation is a member of the Colorado Chapter Leadership Team. S/he has primary responsibility for establishing the overall conservation priorities of the Chapter and will oversee the development and implementation of specific strategies and initiatives designed to achieve those priorities. More specifically, s/he will have overall responsibility for developing strategy, implementing work plans, evaluating outcomes and adjusting priorities to ensure successful short-range, intermediate and long-lasting results. Directly supervises conservation staff and work teams, including programs associated with forest, fire, water, lands, grazing, climate, energy, and asset management teams. A key role will be the evaluation and development of innovative strategies, often in cooperation with multiple partners, to address conservation threats at multiple scales ranging from demonstration sites to large landscapes. Works with the Leadership Team to coordinate on cross-cutting work priorities between the chapter’s employees and across multiple functions.

S/he will establish partnerships and cooperative working relationships with a wide range of entities and partners to accomplish the Chapter’s conservation priorities. S/he must cultivate cooperative working partnerships with staff, chapter Board of Trustees, volunteers, citizens, corporations, educational institutions, government and private agencies and other conservation partners. S/he will be responsible for leading the Chapter’s Conservation Management Team, including setting work priorities, resolving issues and concerns, ensuring alignment of staff resources across conservation strategies, identifying new and/or revising conservation strategies and coordinating with the Chapter’s Leadership Team.

S/he is focused on the chapter’s conservation programs but has additional responsibility and authority to ensure the overall success of the chapter. As a result, the position works closely with the State Director to provide broader leadership and management on chapter affairs and respond to opportunities and challenges.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 20, 2015.

Post Doctorate - Michigan State University (posted July 31, 2015)

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS), is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher for a project investigating soil heating processes and the effects of soil heating on soil carbon, nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration. The researcher will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel (MSU) and Dr. Randy Kolka (USDA FS NRS) and will be responsible for coordinating, planning and conducting the field and laboratory components of the project, with assistance from field and laboratory technicians. Primary responsibilities will be focused on soil carbon and nutrient response to heating, however, opportunity will exist to participate in seedbank response, vegetation response, and/or soil heat flux modeling depending on interest. The post-doctoral researcher will be an integral member of an active research team and will be expected to develop independent research related to the overall goals of the project, to actively participate in publishing and proposal writing, and to contribute to mentoring student researchers involved in the project. The position will begin as a one-year appointment, with extension available to 2.5 years depending on satisfactory performance.

Click HERE for full position description, or contact Dr. Jessica Miesel.

Funded Master’s Opportunity – The Ohio State University (posted July 29, 2015)

SUPERVISOR: Dr. G. Matt Davies
LOCATION: The Ohio State University, Columbus
DURATION: Negotiable; beginning as early as September 1, 2015, and extending as late as September 30, 2018.

Summary of Position:
Dr. Davis is accepting applications for a Master’s student to participate in a project evaluating vegetation dynamics within the sagebrush steppe in eastern Washington. The position is fully funded for two years, includes an annual stipend plus tuition and fees and involves collaboration with researchers at the University of Washington. The successful student will also work with managers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The research aims to synthesize new and historical data to increase our understanding of how these communities respond to repeated wildfires and post-fire rehabilitation actions. The position will involve several months fieldwork in eastern Washington as well as the opportunity to develop analytical skills relevant to urgent conservation problems. The student will be expected to work closely with research collaborators to produce solid analyses and clear reports with succinct recommendations for land managers. In addition, they will produce compelling scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Whilst contributing to the overall success of our Joint Fire Science Program funded study, the student will have freedom to develop their own, relevant research questions.

For a complete description of the opening and information on applying, click HERE.

SERNW Regional Conference Call for Proposals, Symposia, and Presentations (posted July 27, 2015)

The 2016 SERNW Regional Conference on ecological restoration will bring together scientists, restoration professionals, and government agencies involved in the practice and science of ecological restoration and management in the Cascadia Bioregion.

For a full listing of application information and requirements visit the conference webpage here.

Notice of Intent - JFSP Funding Opportunity (posted July 17, 2015)

The interagency Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) intends to request proposals through one or more formal Funding Opportunity Notice (FON) announcements beginning approximately September 15, 2014 and remaining open through November 13, 2015. The intent of this notice is to provide an early alert to investigators interested in the topics listed below so that investigators can begin considering responsive ideas with potential partners and collaborators.

Investigators should recognize that final decisions regarding topic selection will not be made until September, 2015, and that final topic selection is likely to differ from that posted here. One or more topics could be dropped or added, and the specific focus of individual topics may be altered. Investigators should recognize this uncertainty and not invest substantial time or resources working on proposals until the FONs are formally posted.

Investigators should not contact the JFSP Program Office or Governing Board seeking further information on these topics. No further information will be released until the FONs are formally posted.

Note that there will likely be at least four separate FONs. Potential topics directly and indirectly support the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy ('Cohesive Strategy'):

  • Restore and maintain resilient landscapes
  • Create fire-adapted communities.
  • Safe and effective wildfire response

FON 1 - Primary

A. Implications of changing ecosystems – selected regions

Evidence is abundant that ecosystems are shifting due to climate change, invasive species, and changing disturbance regimes and land use. The JFSP Governing Board is interested in proposals that broadly describe potential future fire regimes and their implications for fire and fuels management. This task will focus on interdisciplinary proposals that evaluate alternative future scenarios of ecosystem change and estimate indicators of fuel, fire regime, and fire effects on a regional basis.

This task will consist of two related components. The first component is a science assessment, which could include either research aimed at producing new knowledge, or a synthesis of existing knowledge. The second component is an integration and interpretation of this information in some form of operational scenario analysis depicting possible management options and their implications. Proposals must include both components. Investigators are highly encouraged to include fire, fuels, land, or resource managers on their team.

Note: the regions tentatively identified for proposals are the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Northern Rockies, and Southeast US. There has not yet been a final determination, however.

B. Social, organizational and institutional barriers to implementing prescribed fire

It is widely recognized that the number of acres subject to prescribed fire has not kept pace with the demand of burning needed to meet resource management objectives. JFSP is interested in research that identifies the significant barriers (e.g. social, organizational, and regulatory) that limit successful implementation of planned prescribed fire treatments;, how barriers vary by factors such as region and agency; and successful strategies for overcoming identified barriers.

C. Restoration of sagebrush habitat in the Great Basin - operational applications

JFSP is interested in research about the effectiveness of vegetation treatments intended to protect or restore the diversity and productivity of sagebrush ecosystems in the Great Basin. This work will be in direct support to Department of Interior Secretarial Order # 3336.

Research questions will likely focus on two topics:

  • Treatment options that increase the resilience and resistance of sagebrush stands prone to invasion of annual grasses, or with an existing understory of invasive annuals
  • Treatment options to improve post-fire re-establishment of sagebrush and other desirable plants

D. Fire effects on tree mortality

Empirical models that predict mortality of trees from prescribed fire and wildfire are widely used for many purposes, but existing models were developed using data from a small number of tree species and a narrow range of conditions. JFSP intends to seek research on fire-induced tree mortality that will lead to predictive models that apply to a wider range of tree species, sizes, and fire conditions common in the United States.

E. Implications of managed-perimeter and burn-out wildfire response strategies

Anecdotally, it appears that wildfire response strategies employing some form of managed perimeters with interior burn-outs (“box and burn”) are being used with increasing frequency. Multiple contributing factors may be at play, including actions taken to implement the 2009 wildfire policy guidance, air quality concerns over long-duration events, and firefighter safety. JFSP is interested in research investigating the effectiveness and effects of wildfire response strategies using managed perimeters with interior burn-outs. Research of interest includes a better understanding of the conditions favoring or dis-favoring the use of these strategies; the effects of these strategies on fire extent and severity; the effects on smoke concentration and duration; and the factors influencing the success of these strategies.

F. Post-fire landscape management

Observations suggest that some re-burns in recent (G. Regional needs

JFSP intends to solicit proposals to address regional management needs identified by three members of the Fire Science Exchange Network. Studies must be conducted within the defined boundaries of each participating Fire Science Exchange (see http://www.firescience.gov/JFSP_exchanges.cfm). Investigators will be expected to work with the participating Fire Science Exchange to assure research meets manager needs and has robust science exchange activities.

Proposals will be limited to a maximum of $200,000. JFSP expects to fund no more than two proposals per region.

Regional needs – Oak Woodlands & Forest Fire Consortium

Forest management practices that include prescribed burning have been increasingly used in recent decades throughout the Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium region to accomplish multiple objectives. Yet, little research has been conducted on the effects of prescribed fire on timber products (e.g., lumber grades, volumes) and subsequent economic value of forest stands. The Joint Fire Science Program intends to solicit proposals for field-based studies on the effects of prescribed fire on timber products in the region of the Oak Woodlands and Forest Fire Consortium.

Regional needs – Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists

Research over the past 15 years has revealed the critical role of fire in most Appalachian ecosystems, yet many challenges remain in implementing prescribed fire. Most fires are conducted in mid- to late winter, yet research has shown that few objectives can be met with a single winter fire. The Joint Fire Science Program intends to solicit proposals for field-based studies that examine the effects of prescribed fires in different seasons on short-term management objectives related to fuels and vegetation in the region of the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists.

Regional needs – Southern Fire Exchange

Despite an extensive research and modeling base for understanding and predicting air quality impacts of prescribed burning in the South, many questions still surround the actual contributions of prescribed fire to smoke emissions. The Joint Fire Science Program intends to solicit proposals to use existing data from a network of air quality monitors throughout the South to determine the effects of prescribed fire and wildfire on particulate matter and ozone levels and how this compares to modeled smoke emissions.

FON 2 - Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE)

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), in partnership with the DOD Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), has initiated planning for the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE). This experiment is being designed as a large-scale field campaign to develop novel measurement techniques and provide critical observational data necessary to evaluate and advance operationally used fire and smoke modelling systems and their underlying scientific models.

Because the intended scope and scale of this effort is beyond the capability of JFSP to effectively implement independently, a collaborative multi-agency approach is planned. Additional partnerships are being formed with NOAA, NASA, Forest Service, and EPA, including formation of an inter-agency FASMEE Coordination Committee

The JFSP fall 2015 FON will include an open solicitation for proposals to participate in FASMEE. The FON will have multiple task statements organized by research disciplines (e.g. meteorology, fuel, fire dynamics, emissions, plume dynamics, transport, and photochemistry). Final determination of these tasks will not occur until the FON are posted.

The proposals will contain two major components:

  • A proposal to combine observational experimental techniques with model sensitivity simulations to develop a rigorous experimental design for the field measurements
  • A pre-proposal to conduct field measurements and model evaluation analyses as part of the field experiment in 2018-2020

Requirements for both components will be detailed in a draft measurement and analysis specifications document currently in preparation.

Review, selection, and funding of selected proposals will be on an expedited schedule to ensure the necessary model sensitivity analyses can occur in 2016.

Investigators included in selected pre-proposals will be invited to work with the FASMEE leadership team to develop a detailed study plan to be completed by March 31, 2017. Final funding decisions for implementation of FASMEE will be made based on the final study plan.

The FASMEE field campaign will likely be conducted on four to eight large operational prescribed fires targeting heavier fuel loads and high intensity fire in forested sites in the western United States and lesser fuel loads and lower intensity fires in the southeastern United States. Agencies to host the project and candidate sites in the United States and Canada are currently under review. Treatments are planned for ignition in 2018-2020.

Individuals potentially interested in being investigators are invited to submit their name, research interests, and contact information via a template available at the FASMEE website (http://FASMEE.net). This information will be used by the FASMEE Leadership Team to gauge the scientific community’s interest in participation in the FASMEE project, guide the scientific goals of the project, and determine areas of potential collaboration. Completed templates should be sent to rottmar@fs.fed.us. Completed templates received prior to August 15, 2015 may help inform the final task statements to be posted in September.

Descriptive materials will be placed on the FASMEE website as they are completed.

FON 3 - New Science Initiative – Ecological and social dimensions of resilient landscapes

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring projects that explore and better define the concept of resilient landscapes. Proposals can include a wide variety of approaches to stimulate new and creative thinking regarding the concept, definition, management, and measurement of resilient landscapes. Investigators are encouraged to work in collaborative cross-disciplinary teams, including both ecological and social scientists. Proposals should directly involve fire and fuels managers in the proposed research, and demonstrate how the proposed activities will advance innovative thinking that enhances fire, fuels and resource managers’ abilities to achieve more resilient landscapes.

FON 4 - Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award

In partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology, the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) will likely continue the Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) program for current MS and PhD. students in the fields of wildland fire and related disciplines. JFSP recognizes that graduate students of today are the managers, scientists, and leaders of tomorrow. These awards allow graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation, and to build skills needed for independent inquiry.

Proposals must describe new, unfunded work that extends ongoing or planned research that is the subject of a thesis or dissertation that has been approved by the graduate student’s advisory committee. Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP to be considered, and must address management questions related to climate change, fire behavior, fire effects, fuel treatments, smoke or emissions, fire weather, or social issues and fire.

Note: the specific topics eligible for GRIN proposals may change.

Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (posted July 17, 2015)

On June 29, 2015, the Department of Natural Resources announced the availability of another $1 million for wildfire risk reduction projects, through the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program.

The Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (WRRG), created under Senate Bill 269 and passed in 2013 by the Colorado General Assembly, focuses on projects that reduce the risk for damage to property, infrastructure and water supplies, and those that limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds are directed to non-federal lands within Colorado. The fourth round of competitive grants was just opened, with an application deadline of August 28, 2015.

Two types of projects will be considered through this grant program:

  • Fuels treatment projects located in Colorado that reduce the risk of damage to property, infrastructure, water supplies, and other high-valued assets as a result of wildfire and/or limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas.
  • Projects that address unmet needs for capacity at the local level. These grants are designed to provide communities with equipment that will enable them to treat hazardous fuels on state and private lands going forward.

The timeline for this grant cycle is as follows:

  • RFA release – June 29, 2015
  • Application deadline – August 28, 2015, 11:59 pm
  • Anticipated award date – Oct 15, 2015
  • Project completion deadline – Within 24 months of receiving award

For more information and to apply visit the website here.

Job: Fire Management Specialist (posted July 10, 2015)

LOCATIONS:

Clarksville, AR
Hot Springs, AR
Mount Ida, AR
Russellville, AR
Flagstaff, AZ

DUTIES:

Provides professional expertise in the development and implementation of multiple resource objectives. Develops fuels treatment alternatives adhering to applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. Evaluates individual fuels treatments, effectiveness of the overall program and makes recommendations for improvement. Responsible for the smoke management program to ensure compliance; coordinates with air quality officials in the development of operational procedures and reporting requirements.

Coordinates and develops interagency fuels strategies. Maintains awareness of technological developments in wildland fire science, collects information through a variety of methods, including field surveys, remains informed of state of the art computer modeling software and scientific methods that support fuels treatment planning. Participates in the development, review and modification of fire management plans. Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team planning, developing, and implementing land management plans, compliance documents, and agreements.

Provides information to enhance, restore and protects ecosystem; and integrates vegetation management project designs. Reviews interagency environmental documents, prescribed fire plans and wildland fire use plans to ensure all interface areas are covered. Implements and administers prescribed fire activities, wildland fire use, and fuels management activities. Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects; and identifies potential problems. Designs and implements fuels management surveys to document types of hazardous fuels; and prioritize prescribed fire and fuels management projects. Ensures welfare and safety in all aspects of project implementation and identifies training needs in fire and fuels management.

Performs fiscal analysis, formulates the annual fuels management budget, and tracks program expenditures.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned.

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