A power line is particularly vulnerable to wildfires in its vicinity, and various damage including line tripping can be caused by wildfires. Using remote sensing techniques, a novel model developed to assess the risk of line tripping caused by the...
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The Fire Effects Information System is an online collection of reviews of the scientific literature about fire effects on plants and animals and about fire regimes of plant communities in the United States.
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The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (BANWR) in southern Arizona was established in 1985 to provide habitat for threatened and endangered plant and animal species, with an emphasis on the critically endangered masked bobwhite quail (Colinus...
Fire is one of the main disturbance factors shaping the landscape, and landscape is a key driver of fire behavior. Considering the role played by land use and land cover (LULC) changes as the main driver of landscape dynamics, the aim of this study was...
Questions: Gradients of fire severity in dry conifer forests can be associated with variation in understory floristic composition. Recent work in California, USA, dry conifer forests has suggested that more severely burned stands contain more...
Mulching with forest residues has proved to be highly effective in reducing post‐fire soil losses at the plot scale. However, its effectiveness has not been quantified at the application rates that are typically used in operational post‐fire land...
The California wildfires of October 2017 were one of the largest wildfires in the state's history. Using surface temperature, surface pressure, cloud liquid and ice water contents, precipitation data, and wind data, we explore possible reasons for the...
Western Boreal Canada could experience drier hydrometeorological conditions under future climatic changes and the drying of non‐permafrost peatlands can lead to higher frequency and extent of wildfires. Despite increasing pressures, our understanding...
Wildfires and severe smoke can create dangerous conditions for people, especially those with chronic health conditions. Learn about current wildfires, wildfire smoke conditions, and what you can do to reduce the health effects of wildfire smoke.
Considered an important hydrological and geomorphological agent, fire can cause physical, chemical and biological changes in the soil. Besides wildfire, the study of fire effects is also related to traditional agriculture. This study presents the...
More frequent hot and windy weather in fire prone forested landscapes requires that a full suite of fuel reduction measures be investigated for effectiveness in fuel hazard reduction, environmental impact and carbon (C) outcomes. Although prescribed...
Emergency Management Institute Mission:
To support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.
1523 - Training Opportunity - L0102 Science of Disaster Washington DC
1524 - Training Opportunity - L0110 National Emergency Management Basic Academy TtT
1525 - Training Opportunity - L0103 Planning Template - Washington DC Sep 4-5 2019
- Serves as a Forestry Technician in a Bureau of Land Management office.
- Assists professional Foresters by gathering a variety of resource information.
- Prepares the forestry portion of Resource Management Planning documents.
- Assist's with other planning and environmental clearance documents; researches and drafts segments of those documents; may make limited recommendations relative to management practices.
- Performs timber sale reconnaissance and unit design for proposed timber sale tracts.
- Recognizes variations in timber stand conditions such as species composition, age classes, and silvicultural treatments in order to develop management prescriptions.
- Reads physical characteristics of terrain as they relate to logging systems and road systems
- Conducts 100 percent timber cruises or sample surveys to estimate volumes of timber for timber sales
- Conducts field surveys of timber sale boundaries, roads, and property lines. Uses field notes to plot property lines, read traverses, or timber sale maps.
- Compiles maps of forest and woodland areas, cutover areas, burned areas, and special use
- May be assigned to oversee the work of lower graded employees.
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking aForest Stewardship EducationAcademic Coordinator I to develop and oversee a forest stewardship education program for private forest landowners to help them manage their forests for resilience from wildfire, insect outbreaks and other disturbances.The academic coordinator willserveas a liaison between UC ANR academics, other forest professional and the general public to provide education on forest restoration, fuels reduction projects, permitting, and grant or cost-share opportunities. The incumbent will supportthe distribution of research-based information through the development of forest stewardship curriculum and the dissemination of information via electronic and in-personformats.
The goal of the Peace Corps Senegal Agroforestry Project is to help individuals and communities to improve the management of natural resources and the environment, ensuring food security in a healthier environment.
To this effect, Volunteers will work to:
- Increase the knowledge and appreciation of environmental issues in youth and adults.
- Increase the capacity of communities to plant and care for trees in order to increase access to nutritious foods, generate income, and restore and protect land.
- Increase the capacity of communities to manage natural resources and the environment in sustainable, healthy, and productive ways.
Two positions are available:
The incumbent plans and implements technical projects and performs leadership duties in support of forestry-oriented, multiple-use land management programs, including coordination with appropriate staff to accomplish the work.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Manages forest landscapes, forest and woodland sale planning, forest product sales and administration, reforestation, and forest stand improvements.
- Plans and implements technical projects and performs leadership duties in support of forestry-oriented, multiple-use land management programs, including coordination with appropriate staff and other agencies to accomplish the work.
- Conduct project evaluations and develop reports on accomplishments.
In August the Environmental Protection Agency released guidance on documenting particulate matter or ozone events influenced by prescribed fire or wildland fire.
Nominations are now open for new members of the International Association of Wildland Fires' (IAWF) Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted through September 30, 2019 and successful candidates will begin their 3-year term on January 1, 2020. Individuals meeting the requirements may self-nominate.
A Postdoctoral position is available to pursue research in fire science and ecology of the Everglades in the Plant Ecology Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Research will focus on modeling of fire behavior across varied wetland fuel complexes. This research is being done in cooperation with Everglades National Park, A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and other regional agency and university collaborators. This is a one year (12 mo.) fully-funded position (salary and benefits) with potential for extension based on performance and availability of funds, and a preferred start date no later than January 2020 (negotiable). The selected candidate will be responsible for applying empirical field data (and participating in its collection) to predictive fire behavior models to assess impacts of vegetation transitions and inform land management decisions, and will lead or contribute to product development (reports, publications, presentations) and be provided with opportunities for professional development through workshop/technical meeting/conference attendance and the pursuit of additional research questions when possible. The position is located on the FAU campus in Davie, Florida.
The Restoration Ecologist develops, implements and oversees restoration projects, and insures projects achieve outcomes within appropriate budget and resources.
The Restoration Ecologist at Sierra Streams Institute has a critical role in the community. Projects will include environmental mitigation, woodland, riparian, wetland restoration, stream stabilization and native landscaping. The Restoration Ecologist will be responsible for developing restoration and management plans, managing assessments needed for permitting and creating and implementing watershed restoration projects. This also involves developing partnerships for the projects including with Federal, State, local agencies, tribes, universities, nonprofits and landowners.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
- Invasive species control
- Native planting
- Riparian stabilization
- Re-vegetation of abandoned mine lands
- Creation and implementation of forest fire reduction balanced with forest health strategies
- Development of re-vegetation plant palettes
- Development of GIS maps of project areas
- Collaboration with the local indigenous tribe to select culturally significant plants for restoration
- Implementation of ecological monitoring assessments at restoration sites
- Hiring and management of contractors for assessments
- Research and development of new techniques/protocols
- Writing of research articles in scientific journals and presentations of work at conferences
- Development of contracts and oversight of consultants and vegetation management crews.
- Analyze data from assessments to inform restoration
- Write regulatory permitting applications and regulatory documentation
- Organize and track project expenditures, budgets, and activities
- Document project milestones and complete grant reporting requirements
- Recruitment of volunteers and organization of volunteer restoration workdays
- Develop projects for grants and write sections of grant proposals
- Partner with education department in the development of citizen science projects
- Teach community members about restoration projects and watershed health.
In collaboration with the Fire Program Manager the position independently plans, prioritizes, coordinates and implements prescribed (RX) burn projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems located on DFW wildlife lands. This position will serve as a staff assistant in Rx burn program for Eastern Washington Zone and have supervisory responsibility over other professionals and skilled technicians. This position contributes to/supports the mission of WDFW of preserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats by restoring fire as a disturbance agent at the appropriate frequency to fire dependent ecosystems/habitats sustaining and perpetuating the plants and animals dependent thereon.
As a member of the Prescribed Fire Team within the Wildlife Program, the employee participates in providing statewide fire management implementation services on wildlife areas including fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance using prescribed (Rx) fire. Additionally this position is a member of a Prescribed (Rx) Fire Burn Team to help implement projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems with an initial focus in Eastern Washington but may include any region in Washington State. The employee supports/contributes to the mission of WDFW of preserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats by restoring fire as a disturbance agent at the appropriate frequency to fire dependent ecosystems/habitats sustaining and perpetuating the plants and animals dependent thereon.
Sagebrush steppe plant communities and the fauna that are supported by the plant communities are negatively impacted by nonindigenous annual grasses. Conservation of sagebrush steppe is enhanced through management of these annual grasses to prevent fire, allow seed bank mediated restoration, and to enhance survival of native plants reseeded because of depleted seed banks. The successful applicant would conduct research that involves annual grass control, fire fuel sampling, modeling of fire behavior, plant community analysis to study response to annual grass removal, and small-scale seeding of forbs to improve habitat for sage grouse and other sagebrush fauna.
The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspect of computer modeling, utilize herbicides for annual grass management and ability to work in natural areas. The successful applicant will also provide evidence of good communication skills both written and oral. Research will take place at Rinker Rock Creek Ranch, located southwest of Hailey Idaho (https://www.uidaho.edu/research/entities/rock-creek/research).
This incumbent leads a small crew in the collection and processing of data for scientific research conducted by the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team. There are multiple existing projects for field data collection. One project will focus on three-dimensional characterization of wildland fuels in multiple locations across the country, including the Rocky Mountain region and the south eastern United States. Another project will focus on pre and post-fire fuels inventories in prescribed burn units in central Utah. The aim of a third project will be to characterize fuels in grasslands in the south sound region of Washington. These data will be used to assess fuel consumption evaluate the overall predictive capability of fuel consumption and fire behavior models. Plot data collection includes tree measurements, vegetation measurements and identification, and above and below-ground fuel quantification and classification. There will likely be opportunities to participate in other fire research projects throughout the season.
If you haven't had a chance to submit your oral presentation or fire circle abstract for the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, you still have time to do so! They are extending the deadline to accommodate summer schedules and those in the field. See the link below for details and submit your abstracts no later than Thursday, August 15.
Abstracts for poster presentations and attached meetings will be accepted until August 30, with no extensions.
If you manage prescribed burns on Longleaf Pine units, we would appreciate your insights into the factors that influence burning practices.
We, myself and colleagues at the University of South Carolina, will use your responses to better understand the combinations of decision-making criteria and constraints to the use of prescribed burning in LLP management and concerns about future pressures on the use of fire across the LLP range. We will share the report with the Southern Fire Exchange, Tall Timbers Research Center, SERPASS and others interested in forest management. This survey is less than 10 minutes long and all responses are anonymous.
The California Fish and Game Journal is looking for submissions around their next special issue: “Effects of Fire on California’s Natural Resources.” The issue will focus on how fire or fire-related management activities may impact, positively or negatively, the state’s fish, wildlife, and plant resources.
Adam will review the results of a collaborative project with Dr. John Kupfer of the University of South Carolina and Kevin Hiers of Tall Timbers Reserach station. Wildfires are a focus for many studies seeking to define risks associated with climate...
This workshop is designed to advance your understanding of erosion control practices. Building up from the soil to seeds to mulches and blankets, you will come away with an understanding of the methods and materials that lead to successful erosion...
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is an iconic, five-needle, high-elevation pine whose existence is threatened by an exotic rust, mountain pine beetles, fire suppression, and climate change. Its distribution is limited to western North America and...
Shortleaf Pine and Pine Oak Woodland Restoration
This workshop is part of a series in the Rapid Ohi'a Death Seed Banking Initiative, which aims to expand capacity for collection and banking of Ohi'a seeds across all islands in response to the ROD crisis. It is free and open to anyone who wants to...
Wildfire Suppression Through Prescribed Fire Training School
Learn how to “Fight Fire With Fire!”
- Firefighters, landowners, emergency planners, anyone interested in controlling wildfire fuel load is encouraged to attend.
The Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium is excited to be hosting 2 upcoming fire ecology workshops aimed to deliver fire science to interested landowners and members of...
On Friday, May 10, 2019, the Green Mountain National Forest will host a field trip for a small cadre of monitoring enthusiasts to hike The Dome and share thoughts on the history, recent burn, and future monitoring activities in this ecosystem.
FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. Gerould Wilhelm Director of Research at the Conservation Research Institute and co-author of “Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis”
Range management is like being a trial lawyer: you need all the evidence you can get to help you make decisions how your management and production objectives may need to change. State-and-transition simulation models are a general tool that can be used...