May 2015

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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 part of a Wildland Fire Science Partnership that includes the University of Idaho and the University of Montana.

The partnership was created to develop and deliver knowledge and decision support tools to policymakers, wildland fire managers, and communities.

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Announcements

Research Internships - Plant Community and Disturbance Ecology (posted May 28, 2015)

We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree and a desire for relevant field experience in preparation for graduate school. Internships entail an independent research project and exposure to long-term research projects at the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC).

Interns will work in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth (Betsey) Boughton, which emphasizes plant community ecology and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire and flooding). We work with plant communities in wetlands, wet prairies, and grasslands embedded in low and high intensity ranchlands in the Northern Everglades. Long-term studies on wetland restoration, fire management, and wetland management via manipulating grazing and fire provide outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies. MAERC is a division of Archbold Biological Station and is located 11 miles away from the main field station. MAERC is operated as a commercial cattle ranch (10,500 acres) which serves as a research platform to investigate ecological and environmental challenges on working landscapes. Additional information can be found at our web site: http://www.maerc.org/html/education/internships.html

Interns will work 20 hours per week as a research assistant and the remainder on their independent research project. This opportunity offers experiences in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Internships generally run for 6-12 months, but are flexible in their starting dates and durations. A food stipend, $100 living stipend and room are included.

Interns must be prepared to embrace living on a remote cattle ranch in South Central Florida. Personal transportation is required. Preference will be given to applicants with background and experience in plant community or disturbance ecology, but all are encouraged to apply. Additionally, experiences that demonstrate proficiency working outdoors will be considered.

To apply for an internship at MAERC, a division of Archbold Biological Station, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a description of previous research experience, a resume or CV, and two references by 15 Jun 2015.

Please email applications to:
Elizabeth (Betsey) Boughton
eboughton@archbold-station.org
Phone: 863-699-0242 ext 2

Internship - Ponderosa Pine Forest, Fire Ecology, and Western Gray Squirrel Research (posted May 23, 2015)

Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI) is seeking two conservation science interns to assist with a rigorous scientific study of state-threatened western gray squirrels, and the impacts of 2014's Carlton Complex Fire on wildlife, ponderosa pine forests, and shrub steppe ecosystems. Field sites are within Washington's Methow River watershed; this internship is up to 6 months long (June until November) during the 2015 field season. Interns will have the opportunities to learn about and work in fire-adapted ecosystems while focusing on wildlife ecology and conservation science. The interns will also have opportunities to be involved in other projects related to wildlife ecology and conservation science.

Deadline for applications is 5pm PDT on Thursday, May 28.

For additional information, click HERE.

Job: Forestry Technician - Fire (posted May 22, 2015)

SALARY RANGE: $25,434.00 to $37,121.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to Monday, June 1, 2015

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0462-03/04

LOCATION: 1 vacancy in Alamo, TX

DUTIES:

  • Operates an engine for short periods of time.
  • Scouts fires and develops data on hazardous areas.
  • Maintains firefighting tools and equipment.
  • Receives and records reports of fires and executes initial attack plans.
  • Assists in dispatching personnel and equipment.
  • Participates in the fire presuppression program assisting in recruiting, training, and organizing firefighting crews.
  • Serves 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.

For more information and to apply please visit the usajobs announcement.

2014 Quadrennial Fire Review Final Report (posted May 21, 2015)

The US Forest Service Fire & Aviation Management and USDI Office of Wildland Fire have collaborated to produce the 2014 Quadrennial Fire Review Final Report.

As stated in the Executive Summary, "The Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR) is a strategic assessment process conducted every four years to evaluate current wildland fire management community strategies and capabilities against best estimates of the future environment. This report is the third iteration of the QFR, which began in 2005. It is not a formal policy or decision document, but rather a strategic evaluation of the long-range direction of wildland fire management. It looks far into the future to explore potential risks, challenges, and opportunities that may affect our ability to meet our mission. Moreover, it will inform our strategic planning, investments, operational capabilities, and positioning."

To download the report, click HERE.

REDUCE WILDFIRE RISKS - Position Statement by AFE, IAWF, and TNC (posted May 21, 2015)

The Association for Fire Ecology, International Association of Wildland Fire, and The Nature Conservancy have collaborated on a position statement titled: REDUCE WILDFIRE RISKS or we’ll continue to pay more for fire disasters

The Executive Summary states:

The true cost of wildfires is much higher than the public is aware of, and much higher than currently accounted for by government assessments. These costs have increased significantly in the last decade, impacting taxpayers and multiple levels of government. The cost of wildfires also accrues over time — sometimes as much as a decade after the incident. Investments to mitigate the potential damage to communities and ecosystems from wildfire have not risen to meet these increasing costs.

Recent analysis of the direct, indirect plus long-term post-fire costs of wildfires in the United States, for example, show that the true cost that communities, businesses and governments actually pay can be from two to 30 times the amount of the official estimate of large wildfire costs.

The true costs of wildfires are more than we’re counting. Wildfire disasters are increasing in frequency, scale and economic damage. When considered together, these factors support a fiscal logic for funding cost-effective mitigation activities — so we may manage our wildfire-impacted landscapes and communities before the fires become a disaster.

The entire position statement can be downloaded HERE.

Job: Geospatial Systems Specialist, Forestry & Range Sciences Lab, La Grande, OR (posted May 21, 2015)

The Starkey Ungulate Ecology Team of the Pacific Northwest Research Station anticipates advertising a Geospatial Systems Specialist position, GS-0301-09.  This is a full-time permanent position. 

This position is located in the Forestry and Range Sciences Laboratory, La Grande, Oregon and is a member of the Starkey Ungulate Ecology Team (Starkey) in the Ecological Processes and Function Program (EPF).  Starkey is an interdisciplinary team of research ecologists, entomologists, foresters, range specialists, and wildlife biologists who focus on three main problems: (1) Evaluating the influence of the biophysical environment on function and properties of ecosystems, ecological communities, species, populations, and organisms; (2) Investigating the effect of ecological and anthropogenic disturbances on ecological patterns and processes, and how these disturbances and associated processes interact to determine the overall function, attributes, and dynamics of ecosystems; and (3) Characterizingthe current ecological status, longer term trends and drivers of trends for biota and ecosystems, and designing methods for improving the determination, analysis and assessment of status and trends.

For more details regarding this opening, click HERE no later than June 1st, 2015.

Job: JFSP Communications and Outreach Program Lead (posted May 20, 2015)

A new job announcement has been posted on USAJOBS for the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) communications and outreach program lead.

The Joint Fire Science Program is an interagency, applied fire science program serving the wildland fire community. This position will further the mission of JFSP by ensuring that the science needs of the wildland fire community are understood, and by promoting and exchanging the latest fire science with fire and fuels practitioners and managers.

For additional information, click HERE.

PBS Documentary: The Sagebrush Sea (posted May 20, 2015)

The Sagebrush Sea makes its broadcast premiere May 20, on NATURE at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time/7:00 p.m. Central on PBS. (Check local listings.)

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is under court order to decide by September if the Greater Sage-Grouse should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. If the grouse is listed, states fear it could cost their economies hundreds of millions of dollars in oil and gas revenue and threaten the ranching culture that defines many local communities.

"The listing debate is taking place largely in a vacuum of public understanding about the species and the ecosystem," says Cornell Lab producer Marc Dantzker, "And that's where we hope our film can make a real contribution. People who drive by on the highways and even many of the people who live within it, think this vast region that covers parts of 11 western states is empty, but it isn't."

At least 250 birds, mammal, and other vertebrates live in the sagebrush region, some of them found nowhere else. The documentary shows this treeless, high desert habitat as few have ever seen it—up close, in stunning ground-level and aerial scenes that bring to light the unexpected diversity of life too easily overlooked.

For more information visit this page.

Job: Lands Area Manager - Idaho State Department of Lands (posted May 20, 2015)

Open for Recruitment: May 14, 2015 - June 5, 2015
Announcement # 01033043767
Salary Range: $31.50 - $33.15 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!
Location(s): Sandpoint

Become part of an organization where you will work with dedicated and extraordinary people who have commitment and skills to manage and protect Idaho’s natural resources. The Department of Lands believes in its employees and values teamwork, innovation, quality contributions, and individual initiative and leadership. We strive for a culture where leadership equips, entrusts and expects employees to make decisions in fulfillment of our missions.

Under the direction of the Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners, the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) manages over 2 million acres of state endowment trust land under a constitutional mandate to produce maximum long-term financial returns for the public schools and several other state institutions. Leases and other contracts are used to authorize revenue generating activities such as timber harvest, grazing, farming, mining, commercial use, residential use and conservation in a prudent and sustainable manner.

Managing endowment trust lands is only part of our story. We also protect public resources such as water, fish, wildlife, and recreation on public trust lands and ensure protection of water quality and other resources by overseeing forest and mining practices across all ownerships in the state. One of our most important resource protection responsibilities is fire prevention and suppression. We also provide assistance to landowners to manage their forestlands and to remediate abandoned mined lands.

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Postdoctoral Position in Invasion Ecology - University of Illinois (posted May 15. 2015)

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The postdoc will lead a project spanning the fields of invasion ecology, biogeochemistry and fire ecology to understand how climate, resource availability and forest management influence the population dynamics of invasive species, and their effects on forest plant communities and biogeochemical cycling. The project builds on recent studies indicating that macroclimate and resource availability control invasive species effects on communities and carbon cycling, potentially by modifying plant-microbial-soil and competitive interactions (Craig, M.E., Pearson, S.M., Fraterrigo, J.M., 2015. Grass invasion effects on forest soil carbon depend on landscape-level land-use patterns. Ecology, in press. Fraterrigo, J.M., Wagner, S., Warren, R.J., 2014. Local-scale biotic interactions embedded in macroscale climate drivers suggest Eltonian noise hypothesis distribution patterns for an invasive grass. Ecol. Lett. 17, 1447-1454).

Primary responsibilities will include performing experiments to test hypotheses about regulation of invasion effects by climate and resource availability, quantifying and modeling invasion-fire interactions, and writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The position will be located at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, with field work conducted in southern Illinois and involving collaboration with forest managers. Project funding is available beginning in June 2015 with two years anticipated and a possibility for extension.

Candidates should have a PhD in ecology, strong publication record, and expertise in biogeochemistry and fire ecology. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter including a brief description of your relevant skills and experience to Jennifer Fraterrigo (jmf@illinois.edu). Application review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until a qualified candidate is selected.

More information on the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences is available at http://nres.illinois.edu. Information about the Fraterrigo Lab is available at http://landscape.nres.illinois.edu.

Call for Abstracts - 2015 America's Grasslands Conference (posted May 12, 2015)

America’s Grasslands Conference: Partnerships for Grasslands Conservation

A conference co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, Colorado State University, and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Call for Papers and Posters

Conference Date: September 29-October 1, 2015

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Deadline for Abstracts: June 22, 2015

For a copy of the full call for abstracts, click HERE.

Job: S.H. Ordway Preserve Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Leola, SD (posted May 11, 2015)

The Preserve Manager (PM) participates in preserve operations for The Nature Conservancy’s 7,800 acre Ordway Prairie Preserve, located in north central South Dakota, near Leola, as well as other properties. The PM is required to live on the preserve and is responsible for ensuring that all facilities, preserve grounds, and equipment are in good repair and well organized. The PM will implement preserve management plans using an adaptive management process – including chemical, biological, and mechanical control of noxious weeds, grazing management, and fire management as well as participate in research and monitoring programs. The PM will coordinate projects and lead/supervise seasonal staff, volunteers, interns, and/or contractors as needed. The PM will act as a community liaison and promote the Conservancy’s mission by assisting visitors and partners, and leading outreach events. The PM will assist with livestock management and will provide daily care of the resident bison herd.

For additional information regarding or to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 8, 2015.

Senate Meeting: Wildfire Management (posted May 5, 2015)

Environmental and firefighting experts testified on the role of government in wildfire management.?The hearing focused on the effects of wildfires on communities prone to them.

See the full video here.

New Forestry Journal (posted May 1, 2015)

Announcing New Forestry Journal Published by Springer that Specializes in Review Articles

Current Forestry Reports is a new journal published by Springer that provides in-depth review articles contributed by international experts on significant developments in the field of forestry. By providing clear, insightful, and balanced contributions, the journal intends to highlight and summarize key topics that are of major importance to researchers and managers of forestry resources.

To accomplish this goal, international authorities have been appointed to serve as section editors in a dozen key subject areas across the broad field forestry, including fire science and management. The section editors, in turn, select topics for which leading experts in their respective specialty contribute comprehensive review articles that emphasize new developments and recently published papers of major importance. An international editorial board reviews the annual table of contents, suggests articles of special interest to their country/region, and ensures that topics are current and include emerging research.

Current Forestry Reports is published on a quarterly basis. Volume 1, Issue 2 features five fire science and management related contributions:

For more information, go to: http://link.springer.com/journal/40725

Job: Forest Inventory and Analysis Crew Member (posted April 30, 2015)

This is a pre-announcement only. When the position is advertised, the announcement will be posted on the Office of Personnel Management web site: www.usajobs.gov. The announcement will contain all of the information you need to apply for the position.

The Pacific Northwest Research Station anticipates filling at least three Forestry Technician crew member positions in La Grande, Oregon; Mt Shasta, CA; and Mammoth Lakes, CA.

These are permanent seasonal positions, consisting of 18 pay periods of full time work and 8 pay periods of non-pay status per year. Appointees may be offered the opportunity to work longer depending on workload and funding. These positions are career ladder with the full performance level at a GS-06.

The positions are with the Data Collection Team of the PNW Research Station’s Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RMA) Program, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit. The FIA unit is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest and other related renewable resources. Administration for this Data Collection team is located in Portland, Oregon and field crews are remotely stationed throughout Washington, Oregon and California.

These positions will support work sampling field plots located on a systematic grid across all landownerships and will be almost entirely field based. A wide variety of information is collected in the inventory including: tree measurements; forest pathogens, understory vegetation composition and structure, stand treatments and disturbances, down woody material measurements, and land ownership.

The areas sampled for FIA by the PNW Research Station cover a diversity of ecological communities which include: the temperate rain forests of coastal Oregon and Washington, the redwood coastal forests of California; high mountain conifer forests of the Cascades and Sierras; drier ponderosa pine, oak woodland and juniper forests of Oregon, Washington and California. Each crew covers a large area, and no matter where you work, you will see a wide variety of country.

Crew members work under the direction of a local crew leader and work alongside one to three people. Crews will use maps, aerial photos, and GPS units to navigate to permanent plot locations. Measurements taken by crews include: tree data (species, diameter, height, defect, insect & disease, damage, etc.); understory vegetation (shrub, herb, grass species and percent cover, etc.); down woody material (line transects, litter depth, and fuels measurement, etc.); and site index and site attributes. Crews use portable, handheld computers to collect data in the field and then process the data later using laptop computers to address any inconsistencies or errors.

The field-season typically runs from early April through early November. Each crew travels frequently and independently within their duty station area. Crews can expect to travel away from home for a significant portion of the field season. Travel will sometimes involve week-long trips while other times crews may need to spend a month away from home. Lodging is generally in motel/hotels and car camping, with occasional backpacking required.

In all areas, work conditions are often arduous. Work may be performed in inclement weather (cold, heat, rain, snow) and on rugged, steep, slippery, and/or brushy slopes. Significant amounts of on-trail and off-trail hiking are required. Crewmembers must carry a 45lb pack daily, with pack weights sometimes exceeding 60lbs. Exposure to hazards such as poison oak, bears, and insects is common. Additionally, travel by helicopter, stock animal, or boat is occasionally required.

If you are interested in a crew member position at any of our locations with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, please return the response form to express your interest by May 31, 2015 and you will be notified when the positions are advertised. You can send your response electronically to: pnw_fia_outreach@fs.fed.us (please use the subject line “PNW-FIA-Forestry Tech”).

Please visit our team’s website for more information, including an information page on how to join our team! http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/rma/fia-topics/data-collection/

For more information about the duties and work conditions of this position, please contact:
Marin Palmer, California State Coordinator or Jane Terzibashian, Oregon State Coordinator at pnw_fia_outreach@fs.fed.us

Call for Abstracts - 2015 Patch Burn Grazing Meeting (posted April 29, 2015)

This year's patch burn grazing meeting will be held August 26-27, 2015, in Pratt, KS. This is an open call for abstracts for presentations to take place on August 26. Send proposed presentation title and abstract (less than 450 words) to petersonr408@gmail.com by July 10, 2015.

More details about the meeting will be announced soon.

Job: Graduate Assistantship Opportunity - Purdue University (posted April 29, 2015)

Seeking an M.S. or Ph.D. student for a long-term research project investigating the influence of prescribed fire on the quality of residual over-story trees. This work, funded by the U.S. Forest Service – Northern Research Stations, will take advantage of >15 prescribed burns being conducted over the next two years on studies at the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (http://www.heeforeststudy.org) sites and study sites at NSWC – Crane, both in southern Indiana.

Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible to select a variety of trees of differing species and tree grades within each burn area, install fire monitoring equipment on a subset of individuals, and document fire damage to these individuals. This long-term project will then relate fire temperatures, fuel levels, and other environmental variables to declines in tree grade over repeated fires and time. The incumbent will also install a retrospective study of fire damage over 20+ sites at the nearby Hoosier National Forest.

All candidates must be U.S. citizens due to security restrictions at NSWC – Crane. Work will be on remote field sites and in harsh environments typical of southern Indiana. To meet FNR departmental requirements, candidates must have a B.S. or M.S. degree in forestry, wildlife or a closely related field, a minimum GPA of 3.2 and GRE scores above the 50th percentile on verbal and quantitative sections and above 4.0 on the analytical writing section. Departmental assistantships are awarded at $18,329 (M.S.) and $21,020 (Ph.D.) per year, and include a subsidized insurance plan.

This position is for either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 admission. Interested individuals MUST CONTACT Dr. Mike Saunders (msaunder@purdue.edu) prior to formally submitting materials.

Job: Forest Ranger I - Arkansas Forestry Commission (posted April 27, 2015)

The Forest Ranger I is responsible for fire prevention and suppression activities, fire suppression equipment maintenance, and assisting with forest management activities within an assigned area. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Job Duties Include:

Locates fire sites following legal land description or directions. Performs wild fire suppression activities, including construction of fire lines, and inspects and secures fire lines by removing limbs, snags, and brush, as needed. Operates dozers and plows to construct fire lines. Collects information to determine timber/soil type, seedling planting rate, seedling survival rate, property boundaries, and insect and disease infestation. Performs preventative maintenance and repair of agency vehicles, fire suppression equipment, tools, and facilities. Presents fire prevention programs to elementary schools, civic groups, and rural volunteer fire departments utilizing audio-visual aids and costumes. Collects geographic information system data for forest management programs utilizing global position system (GPS) and hand held data equipment. Performs other duties as assigned.

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Job: Forestry Technician - Fire (posted April 20, 2015)

Closing Date: April 24, 2015

Location: Bell City, LA

Duties:

  • Serves 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.
  • Operates an engine for short periods of time.
  • Scouts fires and develops data on hazardous areas.
  • Maintains firefighting tools and equipment.
  • Receives and records reports of fires and executes initial attack plans.
  • Assists in dispatching personnel and equipment.
  • Participates in the fire presuppression program assisting in recruiting, training, and organizing firefighting crews.  

Visit the USAjobs announcement for more information and to apply

JFSP Fire Science Consortium & Knowledge Exchange Survey (posted March 16, 2015)

You are invited to participate in the continuing evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Consortium and Knowledge Exchange Network. This web-based survey focuses on the communication and application of fire science research results and resources. The primary interest in this study is in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Knowledge Exchange in your region. This project is based out of the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the JFSP Knowledge Exchanges around the country. Your responses will be used to help the Knowledge Exchanges address your fire science information needs and ultimately enhance fire science delivery. The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. We realize that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past. Continued participation of prior respondents and participation from new respondents is essential in helping the Knowledge Exchanges progress towards their goals. Your participation in this study is voluntary, and all of your responses will remain completely confidential.

To access the survey please click on the following link or copy and paste the link into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFSP_2015

To ensure privacy, please do not reply to this email directly. If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please contact Evaluation Coordinator Lorie Sicafuse at lsicafuse@unr.edu, telephone (775) 784-6637. Please respond to this survey by April 6, 2015.

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Call for Oral Presentation and Poster Abstracts (posted Jan. 21, 2015)

Call for Submissions are NOW OPEN

Call for:

Plan Ahead!  Event Early bird Registration will open on June 1, 2015

Suggested Topics for Workshops, Special Sessions, and Presentations:

  •     Fire Ecology
  •     Fire Management
  •     Fire Research
  •     Climate Change
  •     Human Dimensions of Fire
  •     Global/International Fire
  •     Case Studies

For more information on the conference, click HERE.

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