The Northern Rockies Fire Science Network is partnering with the University of Wisconsin to bring you the Learning about Resilient Futures workshop. The workshop is part of a research project funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (What makes for a resilient landscape? Climate, fire and forests in the Northern Rockies). This workshop follows directly from the workshop held at the beginning of this project in 2017. The first workshop (Dimensions of Resilience) identified pressing questions from the management community about resilience, climate, and fire; and identified characteristics (such as vegetation patterns, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, timber, carbon storage, and protection of communities from fire) of interest to be modeled.
At this second workshop, the research team will share simulation results at stand, landscape, and regional scales through the end of the 21st century. The research team and managers will jointly interpret what these projections mean for resilience; identify tradeoffs among different dimensions of resilience; determine what management interventions outcomes resolve or inadvertently intensify tradeoffs; and review limitations and appropriate use of modeling results. The group will compare expectations from Workshop #1 to model results and identify potential avenues for promoting landscape resilience. Participants will also be asked to evaluate the process and to suggest additional outreach projects for communicating these results more widely.