A Century of Wildland Fire Research: Contributions to Long-term Approaches for Wildland Fire Management

Mar 27, 2017 7:45 am - 12:30 pm
National Academy of Sciences Building - 2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418


The costs of wildland fired in the United States are enormous, not only in terms of the financial impacts of fire suppression and post-fire rehabilitation of property and ecosystems, but also in terms of loss of lives, impacts on physical health of nearby communities, effects on local and regional economies from losses of revenue, and the impacts of cascading events such as landslides and flooding. Wildland fire management has become even more difficult because of increasingly dry conditions in some areas of the country and the expansion of the urban-wildland interface, among other factors. Within the federal government, for example, more than 50% of the Forest Service’s annual budget was dedicated to wildland fire in 2015, up from 16% in 1995.

Wildland fire science can inform more strategic and cost-effective planning and management strategies for living with wildland fire. For many decades, the federal government has supported and conducted research on the causes, conditions, behavior, and management of wildland fire to support these kinds of strategies. Join experts at this workshop to examine and discuss the contributions of the past century of wildland fire research, how this information may be used by managers and decision makers working with wildland fires and communities, and the most pressing research needs for the coming decades.

This workshop will be recorded and the presentations will be made accessible online for viewing 7-10 days after the meeting.

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