Keys to Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) management are maintenance of expansive stands of sagebrush (Artemisia species [spp.]), especially varieties of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) with abundant forbs in the understory,...
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Historically, natural and anthropogenic disturbances in eastern hardwood forests maintained a heterogeneous landscape, with variable levels of canopy cover. Today, prescribed fire is used to restore disturbance-adapted plant communities, and presumably...
Recovery trajectories derived from remote sensing data are widely used to monitor ecosystem recovery after disturbance events, but these trajectories are often retrieved without a precise understanding of the land cover within a scene. As a result, the...
Changes in historical disturbance regimes have increased the susceptibility of Great Plains ecosystems to various threats, including invasive species. Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis; hereafter bluegrass) invasion in the northern Great Plains is...
In the Great Lakes Region, minor differences in soils and location (e.g., proximity to the Great Lakes) can lead to strong differences in vegetation; thus, the utility of broad-scale mapping often depends on capturing subtle landscape features and...
Temperate woodlands are one of the world's ecosystems in greatest need of ecological restoration, but relatively little is known about their floristic recovery dynamics over decadal timescales. From 2000 to 2012, we monitored understory plant...
Aim: Does complex topography facilitate the establishment and persistence of fire‐sensitive (forest) vegetation in a fire‐prone landscape? We test the prediction that fire‐sensitive vegetation will establish and persist in areas where the fire return...
The evergreen laurel forest is a relic of ancient subtropical/tropical forests, of which the best remnant in the Canary Islands is in Garajonay National Park, on La Gomera island. The soil microbiome associated with a mature undisturbed (unburned)...
Research Highlights: This study bridges a gap of knowledge about the maximum size-density trajectory for juvenile stands of maritime pine. The continuity of the trajectory along the development stages to maturity is assured with a straightforward...
Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) forest is a well-known fire-dependent ecosystem. The historical dominance of longleaf pine in the southeast United States has been attributed to its adaptation known as the grass stage, which allows longleaf pine...
Duties: Measure forest demographics, including mapping and measuring trees and seedlings and determining cause of death. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, identifying Sierran trees, and forest pathology. Up to 10 positions will be filled. Positions are full-time, start in approximately mid-May, and will last about 4-5 months.
Qualifications: Must be a US Citizen in order to qualify. Also need bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience. Some field work experience required. Want people with some biological coursework and experience; an interest in forest and/or field ecology; who want to work outdoors, like to work in small teams, and have strong interpersonal skills. Housing available for rent.
King County's Agriculture, Forestry and Incentive (AFI) Unit within in the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP), Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) is currently seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Project Program Manager III. Approximately two-thirds of King County is forested. King County owns and manages 28,000 acres of forestland and an additional 110,000 acres are owned by private, non-industrial forest landowners. The Senior Forester will primarily focus on those two landscapes. The Senior Forester is responsible for promoting the growth and development of resilient forests by assisting forest landowners in meeting their land management goals and objectives.
DNRP is looking for a resourceful, technically-skilled, and field-savvy team player who can support multi-disciplinary teams to advance high priority forestry management work. The ideal candidate is someone who can provide high-level technical forestry support for both WLRD and DNRP Parks Division (PD), with time spent approximately equally between the two divisions. WLRD responsibilities will include technical support for private forest landowners, staff liaison to the Rural Forest Commission and general forestry support for the Division. Responsibilities within PD will include development and implementation of forest stewardship plans and general forestry support to staff responsible for management of the PD portfolio. The Senior Forester will report directly to the AFI Program Manager and initially will have no direct reports but may supervise temporary staff and interns; indirect supervision will also be provided by the PD Open Space and Natural Lands Program Manager.
Job Knowledge (to perform the essential activities of this position, the employees must know or understand the following): Fire ecology; fire effects and by-products and their ecosystem actions; fire weather; fuel types; fuel conditions; fuel assessment; smoke management; NWCG standards; knowledge of tools and techniques used to prepare for and implement Rx burns.
Prescribed Fire Pre and Post Operations:
- Function within a team environment to accomplish overall ecological fire management activities including: planning; fuels inventory and area layout; preparation of tools and equipment; preparation of burn units, such as establishing fuel breaks/line construction.
- implementation of firing techniques using firing devices; patrolling and mop up assignments.
- Maintain ecological function of natural systems for the benefit of fisheries and wildlife habitat. Provide for employee and public safety while implementing assigned work projects.
Equipment Operation and Maintenance :
- Ability to operate various types of equipment such as 4-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV & UTV), chainsaws and hand tools in a safe and efficient manner.
- Ability to provide equipment maintenance and repair to a fire ready condition, including hand tools, chainsaws, water delivery pumps and vehicles.
- Ability to organize and track inventories of fire line equipment for accountability of equipment and costs
- Participate in forest thinning operations to reduce and maintain stand densities.
- Ability to conduct miscellaneous wildlife area duties as assigned during non-fire periods such as visitor signage replacement, repair construction, assistance with planting of food plots, etc
- Gathers or assists in gathering detailed resource information to provide basic pre- and post-burn monitoring such as fuels inventories and vegetation surveys.
The Wilderness Fellows Program is a collaborative of the Society for Wilderness Stewardship (SWS), the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and the US Forest Service. It was created in order to complete Wilderness Character Baseline Assessments. The Wilderness Fellow Program is seeking qualified candidates to fill Wilderness Fellow positions. Fellows are based in locations around the country, with a significant amount of travel within their base region. Work is roughly 80% office-based and 20% field-based and is performed at USFS offices to directly support the goals of a collaborative wilderness character monitoring initiative currently underway in the USFS. Primary Wilderness Fellow Responsibilities:
- Attend one-week training in Granby, Colorado (travel provided).
- Work out of remote USFS locations, residing in USFS housing.
- Coordinate meetings with USFS resource specialists and line officers to gather information regarding wilderness character.
- Research, compile,and analyze legislative and administrative historical data per wilderness area.
- Travel to and into wilderness areas.
- Select indicators relevant for each wilderness area to monitor wilderness character over time.
- Compile and analyze data for selected monitoring indicators and complete a baseline assessment for wilderness character monitoring.
- Implement inventory and monitoring strategies for tracking wilderness character.
- Write a wilderness character baseline assessment for each wilderness area worked in.
- Participate in weekly conference calls.
- Set and meet benchmarks and deadlines for data collection, meetings, and draft and final reports.
Locations: 11 positions are available, located in the following: Medicine Bow Route and Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests, CO; Tonto National Forest, AZ (2 positions); Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, NV (2 positions); Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, CA; Siuslaw National Forest, OR; Okanogan-Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, WA (2 positions); Tongass National Forest, AK (2 positions)
Duration: May 18, 2020 – November 6, 2020 (Tongass National Forest positions will start in March)
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is looking for two motivated individuals to fill the positions of Forest Management and Rural Communities apprentices. The selected applicants will work at the intersection of community and natural resources on collaborative forest and watershed restoration. Work will include both applied research and capacity-building work to promote resilient forest ecosystems and rural communities. Occasional travel to rural communities throughout the state to conduct related work and research will be required.
- Collaborative restoration planning and forest management
- Disadvantaged community and tribal involvement
- Collaborative natural resource management
- Community capacity building and biomass utilization support
- General organizational support
Apprenticeships will last a minimum of six months, but may be extended up to nine months. Positions are open until filled, review of applications will begin on December 13, 2019.
The Forestry & Natural Resources Extension program invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position (depending on qualifications).
This is a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor faculty position in the College of Forestry, with an academic home in Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management. This is a statewide position located at the OSU campus in Corvallis, Oregon.
This position is designed to focus on Extension program development and delivery related to wildland fire science and management. In 2018, Oregon wildfire costs hit a record high of $514 million, with over 800,000 acres burned across the state, resulting in ecological, social, and economic damage. The position will focus on educational programming to assist private forest and range owners and managers, wildland-urban interface homeowners, communities, and fire and fuel specialists and the fire suppression workforce. Key topics will include collaborative natural resource management, wildland fire fuel reduction and management, prescribed burning, timber and range management treatments to build fire resistance and resilience, post-burn recovery, firewise programming, and fire workforce development. The position will work directly with Extension Agents and Regional Specialists in the Forestry & Natural Resources and Fire Extension Programs, and will also work cooperatively with external partners such as the Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, the Oregon Tree Farm System, The Nature Conservancy, Sustainable Northwest, Northwest Fire Science Consortium, local fire departments, and the State Fire Marshal.
Posting will close on January 30, 2020, with a full consideration date of Januray 17, 2020.
The Great Basin Institute (GBI) expects to have positions available by Spring 2020.
Explore your Public Lands with GBI:
- Spend the season working outside on a forestry, trail, or habitat restoration hand crew
- Support forestry, wildlife, and vegetation monitoring projects in the Sierra Nevada
- Learn and serve in National Parks, Forests, and Wilderness Areas
- Get paid and earn scholarships & college credit
- Work directly with land management agencies
Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research examining the effectiveness of restoration, adaptation, and transition management techniques at fostering forest health and productivity in the face of novel climate, insect, and disease threats. This research will assess silvicultural experiments co-developed with stakeholder input with application to both urban and rural forest settings. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center in developing management options to promote diverse and productive rural and urban forests despite the stress of climate change and other disturbance agents. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).
Qualifications: M.S. in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, biology or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership.
Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (PhD in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2020 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the “Statement of Purpose.”
We are looking for a capable student to join our Forest Ecology research team at the Masters or PhD level. The student will use radio-labeling methods to explore seed dispersal and the spatial ecology of herbaceous species across a range of scales. Demographic models will be paired with micro-environmental heterogeneity to compare the roles of disturbance history, animal behavior, physical gradients, and plant life history in shaping species distributions at the population and landscape scale. In addition to research commitments, students take courses and serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. The position is fully funded including tuition waivers.
Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and an average GRE score above the 60th percentile. A strong work ethic, quantitative skills, and the ability work independently are essential. Applicants should be physically fit and capable of field work under less-than-ideal conditions. Previous field experience is desirable.
Sponsor: Lake States Fire Science Consortium
1. Plant functional traits as indicators of restoration success in pine barrens under prescribed fire management.
2. Integrating climate, soil and hydrological monitoring data with ecological...
Join us for fun outdoor learning about prescribed fire and fire adapted ecosystems at the third Red Hills Fire Festival.
The 2020 Winter Meeting of the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact is being held jointly with the Northeastern Forest Pest Council on the theme of Forest Pests and Fire. Bugs and fire? We have a lot more in common than you think. Join fire...
Fire is a major driver of ecosystem dynamics across much of Minnesota. Fire suppression, while beneficial, has changed these systems in ways that may threaten long term ecosystem health and productivity. While a variety of silvicultural and other...
Kansas Natural Resources Conference- Conservation During Extremes: Cultivating Ecosystem Resilience
Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Gleim, Hollins University in Virginia
Coponsors: North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange and Consortium for Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S....
The Northern Rockies Fire Science Network is partnering with the University of Wisconsin to bring you the Learning about Resilient Futures workshop. This workshop is part of a research project funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (What makes for a ...
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 ...
During the 2019 Winter Meeting the California Society of American Forestersexplored the theme: The State of California is Burning: Is This Our Future? At the meeting, many good ideas were shared, with the need to adjust the 'pace and scale' of...
The biennial Forest Health in Oregon conference and scientific update is a great opportunity to hear from researchers and members of the forestry community about the current condition of Oregon’s forests, forest health trends, challenges, current...
National Advanced Fire & Resource Institute (NAFRI) partners with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and Course Development Sub Committees, comprised of subject matter experts, to manage and deliver graduate school level curriculums....
Presenter: Brooke Durnin, MS Candidate, University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources
Major Professor: Dr. Andrew Nelson
Presented by Dr. Cathryn Greenberg, Southern Research Station, US Forest Service
Sponsored by the Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium
Historically, natural and anthropogenic disturbances in eastern hardwood forests maintained a...
The theme of the Wildland Fire Canada 2019 Conference is new paths, new partnerships. Theme topics include:
- Collaborative strategies and shared learning: focuses on local, regional and national collaborations in wildfire...
Join the Association for Fire Ecology and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium for the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. The Congress will expand the ecological concept of pyrodiversity to explore interconnectedness among a...
Presented by: Chris Bowman-Prideaux, Ph.D. Candidate, Natural Resources, University of Idaho.
Presented by Victoria Donovan at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska East Union (check kiosk at entrance for room).
The Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire Council will host its annual meeting and field trip at the Central Sierra Historical Museum in Shaver Lake, CA. The field trip will be on nearby Southern California Edison forestry lands with the potential of seeing...
International Arctic Research Center presentation on the extended 2019 wildfire season.
Thursday, Oct. 24, from 2-3 p.m. in Akasofu 401.
Uma Bhatt: ...
Presented by: Darcy Hammond, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Idaho Natural Resources