From the intorduction ...'A simple method for gaging the intensity of drought would be valuable to men responsible for fire control in the South. They want to know when soil moisture becomes reduced to a level where fire- control difficulties are...
Fire climate, which may be thought of as the synthesis of daily fire weather over a long period of time, is a dominant factor in fire-control planning. In a broad sense, climate is the major factor in determining the amount and kind of vegetation growing in an area, and this vegetation makes up the fuels available for wildland fires.
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From the text:'In November 1958 Fuel-Breaks workers began studies of the moisture content of green chaparral fuel. Since then study plots have been established and described, and instruments obtained and installed. In March of 1959 actual data...
Prescribed Burn 2-57 was the second of four prescribed burns studied in 1957. In this burn we were particularly interested in studying air flow on the lee side of a ridge oriented approximately at right angles to the prevailing wind. Experience has...
From the text...'Intensive studies were initiated in January 1956. The objective has been to acquire a knowledge of the ecology and life history of Everglades deer to serve as a basis for management.' From the 24th Transactions of the North...
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The vegetative development following a mid-winter burn in a longleaf pine-turkey oak association is briefly traced. Unusually cold temperatures during the winter and spring of 1958 retarded plant growth for at least several weeks. Composites, dog...
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Many seeds, even Ceanothus seeds, are destroyed in any forest fire but the above preliminary experiments suggest that seeds of many firetype plants are very durable, long-lived, and sufficiently resistant to high temperatures to escape destruction and...
One of the frequently encountered characteristics of the boreal landscape is the extremely abrupt demarcation of soil-vegetation types. Sharp differentiation of plant communities may be caused by a number of conditions, such as severe fires,...
On April 6, 2020, the Fire Management Board (FMB) established the Wildland Fire Medical and Public Health Advisory Team (MPHAT) to address medical and health-related issues specific to the interagency administration of mission critical wildland fire management functions under a COVID-19 modified operating posture. The COVID-19 MPHAT is tasked with providing medical and public health expertise, advice, coordination, and collaboration with external subject matter experts and developing protocols and practices for all aspects of COVID-19 planning, prevention, and mitigation for wildland fire operations. Guidance found on this page has been issued via FMB Memorandum. They may be updated as appropriate and necessary to respond to the evolving situations and work conditions surrounding COVID-19.
The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in the area of Plant Ecology of Changing Ecosystems with an expected start date of July 1, 2021.
Understanding how plants respond in changing ecosystems is fundamental to the health and well-being of both human and natural communities. Insights into the structure and function of vegetation in natural and managed ecosystems informs our efforts to develop sustainable and equitable ways to adapt to environmental novelty. Across the globe, terrestrial ecosystems are undergoing rapid change. Climate is a major driver that interacts with a host of other stressors including altered disturbance regimes and rapid biological migrations. Improving our knowledge of these forces and their consequences is priority for California and the world.
Climate Action Corps is dedicated to mobilizing climate actions designed to engage community members, empower change, and leave a lasting impact. Selected Fellows will spend 7.5 months supporting community climate action projects through CivicSpark, a program of the Local Government Commission (LGC) implemented in partnership with California Volunteers.
Fellows will be placed in teams of 2 with Host Partner organizations. Most of the placements will be in 5 target Cities and surrounding regions: Fresno, Stockton, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Redlands.
Through project-based service work, Fellows will have:
- A chance to learn real-world climate action skills through community action projects.
- An opportunity to serve in a local government or nonprofit committed to taking action on climate change where you will be provided access to and support for the implementation of your service projects.
Participating in Climate Action Corps will provide Fellows with an opportunity to be part of this unique inaugural cohort, a community, and statewide force of emerging leaders while also being connected to the well-established CivicSpark network of leaders and alumni. While each placement will be unique, all CivicSpark Climate Action Corps Fellows provide support through a common four-step approach designed to help Fellows make meaningful use of their time within their projects, agencies, and communities:
Gap Assessments: In order to understand their Host Partner’s needs and goals, at the start of the service term Fellows interview staff and review key documents and work with their Site Supervisor and our staff to finalize goals, and a project scope they can implement over the service year.
Service Projects: Fellows spend roughly 80% of their service year implementing a specific climate action project based on the gap assessment results such as:
- Facilitating the expansion of an urban greening program through outreach, education, and event planning.
- Strengthening Food waste recovery by working with waste haulers, schools, and community groups to bolster community kitchen capacity.
- Preparing and delivering wildfire prevention programs to community groups or schools to improve home protection and awareness.
Volunteer Engagement: A major component of the Climate Action Corps program is having Fellows foster community engagement by establishing new volunteer programs or enhancing existing programs that provide meaningful ways for community members to engage on climate action.
Transitioning Expertise: To wrap up the service term Fellows share their findings, summary of work and next steps. These take the form of a transitional report, and presentations or trainings with staff and stakeholders.
These positions are located in Pacific West Regional Office, Interior Regions 8, 9, 10, and 12, in the Cultural Resources Division. Current career and career conditional employees of the Department of Interior may apply.
One position is located at the Californian Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, which is the host university for the Californian Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CA-CESU). The second position is located at the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit at the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA, which is the host university for the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (PNW-CESU).
- Develop and implement an integrated program of natural, social and cultural resource research that supports NPS Pacific West Region's (PWR) units;
- Develop partnerships and secures outside sources of support from Federal, State, academic, and private organizations to conduct cooperative research efforts;
- Serve as liaison with partner agencies;
- Serves as a member of the national network of CESU's, provides the National Park Service with technical leadership in providing an integrated and responsive research program at the regional and service-wide levels.
Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1-2 PhD student(s) starting in Fall 2021 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Zhu Lab works on research questions at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes, using quantitative approaches such as remote sensing, species distribution models, and Bayesian statistical methods. Current research projects include (1) phenological responses to climate change and human activity in the Northern Hemisphere; (2) the biogeography of soil fungi in North America; and (3) wildfire propagation and forest regrowth in California. The Zhu Lab also collaborates with other research groups, such as the Peay Lab at Stanford University (https://mykophile.com) through a collaborative NSF grant (https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/09/zhu-nsf.html). More information is available at https://zhulab.ucsc.edu/.
Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and a strong background in ecology and environmental science, as well as math, statistics, and programming. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by attending classes, workshops, and working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn.
Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) as early as possible and no later than the application deadline in December 2020 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a PhD and long-term career goals; (3) why interested in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, and TOEFL score (if applicable).
With multiple agencies/entities, groups and task forces all working to find solutions for operational concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the need for a space to share information is apparent. This forum serves as a platform to ask questions, as well as to share ideas, information, and solutions.
Rescheduled from March due to COVID-19 concerns. IAFC is planning a new, virtual event format. This virtual experience will provide access to educational resources on timely issues and the insights you need to keep your community safe.
Hosted by NC State University’s State Climate Office of North Carolina (SCONC) and the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS)
Join the hosts for this webinar series to learn more about climate change in North Carolina. The series...
Sponsor: Southern Rockies Fire Science Network
Learn about disturbance fuel dynamics and stand recovery, and possible treatment consequences of climate-driven shifts on Rocky Mountain forests.
Catastrophic wildfires, sometimes called “megafires,” are more and more common in the western United States. California in particular is increasingly thought of as having a year-round (24/7/365) fire season. These megafires ignore boundaries, require...
Sponsor: Southwest Fire Science Consortium
• Jonathan Coop, Western Colorado University
• Sean Parks, US Forest Service
• Camille Stevens-Rumann, Colorado State University
Changing disturbance regimes and...
California Fire Science Seminar Series
Presenter: Charles Ichoku, Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University and Distinguished Scientist...
How can we use climate predictions to plan future fire management and research? What adaptations are we putting in place now?
The leadership of the NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) plans to convene their 7th Science Team Meeting May 10-13, 2021, in person if possible in Fairbanksat UAF, as they originally intended in 2020. Recordings and posters from the...
A Virtual Conference, for Real World Problems
Join the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) on a trip around the world through the lens of wildland fire. Across four days in May 2021, the IAWF will present real world risks and...
Postponed due to COVID-19 Concerns (originally scheduled for October 20-23, 2020)
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and Pau Costa Foundation (PCF) are partnering with Regione Toscana and University of Florence to host a...
Warmer summers, longer growing seasons, and pressures from insects and tree diseases are some of the factors shaping wildfires in Alaska. Randi Jandt, Fire Ecologist with the Alaska Fire Science Consortium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will...
Sponsors: Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, Sustainable NW & NW Fire Science Consortium
Presenters and research team include: Andrew Larson, C. Alina Cansler, Derek Churchill, Sean Geronimo, Paul Hessburg Sr., Van Kane, Jim Lutz, and...
AFSC will be presenting the 2020 Fall Fire Science Workshop Online in association with the Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group Interagency Fall Fire Review (October 19-23).
If you attended the workshop please fill out a brief evaluation to...
The 47th Natural Areas Conference, Sierra to Sagebrush: Integrating Management and Stewardship Across Landscapes, is focused on the unique ecological and management dynamics that distinguish the Nevada-California borderlands, the Great Basin and Sierra...
Join forest representatives from forests in Idaho and the northwest for a virtual event to learn about 2021 seasonal positions across the region. After an overview of each forest and open positions, including tips and tricks for the hiring/USAJobs...
Quaking Aspen: Numerous threats to aspen communities have spurred a resurgence of interest in sound science-based restoration and management practices. Scientists and land managers will discuss the role of climate and fire in shaping aspen forests of...
Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Fires at the Top of the World: Why is the Arctic Burning?
with Randi Jandt, Fire Ecologist, Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Recent years have seen an increase in unusual wildfire events in forest and tundra in...
The Land Trust Alliance is pleased to host Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference — Where 2,000 people who share your passion for conservation will re-energize and inspire you. Gather to learn about diverse conservation topics — there are...
The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation will hold their annual Science and Management Meeting in a virtual format on September 16, 2020. This virtual meeting will be in one of the same time slots as the H5II conference, which was postponed until...
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) is honored to host the United States’ First Biennial National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference (NTICC) along with support from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Resilience...