The year 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of benchmark wildfires in the Southwest and Intermountain regions, most notably, the Rodeo-Chedeski Fire in Arizona, the Hayman and Missionary Ridge fires in Colorado, and the Ponil Complex in New Mexico. The 2002 wildfires were unprecedented in size, intensity, duration and impact, but are now a near-annual occurrence. While western forests are disturbance-adapted, climate change and human influence is altering disturbance regimes. As partners, we need to develop and adopt rapidly evolving strategies to address drought and wildfire threats to ecosystems and the services they provide.
The Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes, along with collaborative partners, are planning the second Cross-Boundary Landscape Restoration Workshop, March 7-10, 2022 in Fort Collins, CO. This multi-agency and stakeholder gathering builds on the March 2020 Cross-Boundary Workshop, held in Albuquerque, NM.
Workshop topics and themes:
- Understanding compounding disturbances
- Forest recovery and regeneration needs
- Climate adaptation needs
- Translating scientific concepts into operational actions
- Ecosystem social dynamics
- Plenary speakers
- Shared case studies
- Breakout working sessions
- Technical transfer sessions
Who should attend? Government, tribal, and non-government foresters, fire managers, planners, biologists, line officers, regional and national program managers, forest researchers, conservation organizations, funding partners, forest operations companies, and other stakeholders interested in applying science and tools for all-lands collaborative forest landscape restoration.