Project


Title

Pacific Northwest Regional Consortium for Enhanced Fire Science Delivery and Trial Adoption
Principal Investigator(s):
  • Thomas E. DeMeo
    US Forest Service
Co-Principal Investigator(s):
  • R. James Barbour
    US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Bernard T. Bormann
    University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
  • Steven C. Buttrick
    The Nature Conservancy
  • Louisa B. Evers
    Bureau of Land Management, Oregon/Washington State Office
  • Brett Fay
  • David N. Seesholtz
Cooperator(s):
  • Ronald G. Ochs
    US Forest Service
Completion Date: February 19, 2010

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • consortium
  • fire science delivery
  • information sharing
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JFSP Project Number(s):
09-4-1-9
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: April 11, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 17003

Description

We propose building a consortium of natural resource practitioners, scientists, consultation specialists, educators, extension specialists, and others to enhance the delivery and trial adoption of innovations in fire science and related fields of practice. We will build on past experience and lessons learned to enhance and expand on our record of success in knowledge transfer. Increased success requires openness to new methods and approaches. The learning culture we envision will move us beyond the teacher-student relationship that often dominates interactions between researchers and practitioners, toward a partnership where participants have equal status in a two-way information flow, and where science delivery is placed in an existing adaptive management framework that includes operational trials that compare alternative approaches (trial adoption). We propose an innovative approach to regional science delivery and outreach: Let the users control it. Start-to-finish, field-project-based collaborations where both managers and researchers learn by doing will be our primary focus. Secondarily, we seek to provide information to people when they need it in forms that are easy to use. We will start with questions identified by practitioners. Through the consortium, we will then collectively develop project proposals, work through the NEPA process, implement trial-adoption projects, and monitor outcomes. We will challenge our management, research, and education partners to design processes within the context of normal business and existing workloads and missions. The outcome will be a coordinated adaptive-management network of project-based collaborations.