POSTPONED: DOI Wildland Fire Workshop (online)

Description

The Department of Interior's (DOI's) Office of Wildland Fire (OWF) and Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) are organizing the DOI Wildland Fire Workshop, to be held online in the fall of 2021. This workshop builds on the momentum of Reclamation's Wildfire Research Needs Workshop (led by John Whitler on April 6 and 7, 2021), and is an opportunity for those interested in issues related to wildland fire at Interior to come together for networking, learning, and discussing current issues.

This event was originally scheduled for May 2021, but has been postponed (please check back later for updates and registration information).

DETAILS

  • What:  DOI Wildfire Workshop
  • Where: online with WebEx
  • Format: a variety of sessions arranged in two half-days to accommodate a range of time-zones
  • Themes: Connecting the DOI wildland fire science and land management communities, to increase collaboration, and to develop strategies for supporting the Administration’s priorities in:
    • Climate Change
    • Racial Equity

WORKSHOP GOALS

  • Convening the wildland fire “community of practice” (broadly defined)
    • on a recurring basis
    • in response to short-term demands (e.g., EOs, SOs)
  • Bring together scientists, decision-makers, land managers, and other practitioners
    • Are the scientists working on developing the products the decision-makers and land managers need?
    • Are the decision-makers and land managers aware of what the scientists have developed?
  • Bring together people across DOI working on different aspects of wildland fire
  • Identify goals for the DOI wildland fire community
  • Identify high-priority actions for the community
  • Develop short-term recommendations for DOI leadership (that can be implemented between now and April 2023)
  • Produce a synthesis document from the small-group working sessions

DRAFT AGENDA

Day 1

Session 1: Panel presentation:
     How do the Administration's priorities intersect with wildland fire?

Session 2: Lightning Round A
     (5-minute presentations on current research, initiatives, and projects)

Session 3: Small-Group Working Session:
     Wildland fire management and the climate crisis
     What should DOI do to address the climate crisis?

Day 2

Session 4: Lightning Round B
     (5-minute presentations on current research, initiatives, and projects)

Session 5: Small-Group Working Session:
     Wildland fire management and equity concerns
     What should DOI do to improve racial equity and wildland fire management outcomes
     for disadvantaged communities?