This study examined the species richness, diversity, biomass of grasses and herbaceous plants and seed germination in plots with contrasting disturbance regimes established in a dambo garden, in Chiota, Zimbabwe. The disturbance regimes were burning,...
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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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Although the use of fire as a management tool has increased during the past decades in East African savannas, there is insufficient knowledge about herbivores' utilization of areas with different fire history. We therefore examined large mammal...
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...
As tick-borne diseases continue to emerge across the United States, there is need for a better understanding of the tick and pathogen communities in the southern states and of habitat features that influence transmission risk. We surveyed questing and...
Litterfall helps maintaining nutrient return in forest ecosystems. However, the influence of long-term prescribed burning on the dynamics of litterfall biomass and carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling is poorly understood. A 39-year old prescribed...
The regular and consistent measurements provided by Earth observation satellites can support the monitoring and reporting of forest indicators. Although substantial scientific literature espouses the capabilities of satellites in this area, the...
Shifting fire regimes are substantially changing North American forests. It is thus critical to understand how wildfires affect forest wildlife, especially for species managed for harvest and for species at risk of extinction. In particular, many...
Forest fires may have beneficial effects ecologically, but can also be damaging to the overall health and diversity of flora and fauna and may also result in loss of farm produce and livelihood base of local communities living around the forest...
Wildfires are gaining importance in the Mediterranean regions owing to climate change and landscape changes due to the increasing closeness between urban areas and forests prone to wildfires. We analysed the dry season wildfire occurrences in the...
Understanding the soil heat and moisture transport is significant for assessing the living condition of vegetation and microorganisms in soils. Numerous studies have been conducted to understand the coupled soil heat and moisture transport under '...
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.
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 Crew Leader will lead a crew of two and gain exposure to two major science and conservation initiatives within our chapter’s grassland ecosystems. TNC is working with partners to evaluate broad changes in condition of native grasslands in response to grazing and fire. The project is a collaborative effort in which multiple agencies and organizations have overlapping goals (TNC, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, USFWS, etc.). Partners in this work are coordinating sampling to compare data and management practices across ownerships throughout the prairie region. With the assistance of the Crew Leader and team, TNC will revisit sites on which management has been implemented to measure the outcomes. The team will fill a critical role in helping our chapter to close the adaptive management loop in our grassland conservation work. The team will also spend time contributing to monitoring outcomes for the impacts of fire on habitat quality for the federally threatened Dakota skipper butterfly. For both of these projects, the Crew Leader and team will have the opportunity to travel to many of TNC’s preserves across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota experiencing first-hand the beauty of many high-quality native prairie landscapes.
The Forestry & Natural Resource (FNR) Extension Fire Program is seeking a Manager of the FNR Extension Fire Program. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.
The Manager of the Forestry & Natural Resource (FNR) Extension Fire Program will manage the day-to-day operations of the FNR Extension Fire Program. The position will be responsible for activities such as website development and maintenance, communications and marketing, planning and reporting, employee training and development, partnership relations and more. The incumbent will represent the Program on various committees and task forces, and be a spokesperson for the Program to the media. This position is located in Corvallis with statewide responsibilities, and is housed within the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program and the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.
Posting will close on January 30, 2020, with a full consideration date of Januray 17, 2020.
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.”
The SD Grassland Management School is designed to be complimentary to the SD Grazing School and the SD Soil Health School; and will expand on specific grassland management topics often not adequately covered in those courses. See attached flyer for...
Partners: Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium, Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists, Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council.
The theme of this conference will be “Laying Out a Restoration Road Map”. The...
This outdoor event provides a fun and free hands-on science experience for K-12 students. Learn about Idaho's rangeland resources and challenges including soils, plants, fire, wildlife and livestock.
The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference allows a diverse group of scientists, policymakers, conservation practitioners, educators, students and community members from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to converge and discuss conservation. It’s a time to connect,...
This workshop and field tour will bring together managers and scientists to share knowledge about topics important to wilderness fire management. These include future challenges related to changing climate and fire seasons; vegetation, soil, and water...
Tour will highlight how Prescribed fire can be beneficial in improving grassland for wildlife and grazing. It will highlight the RCPP Grassland program and the benefits that farmers can have from using it.
Please join the Nevada section of the Society for Range Management for a day of presentations and discussions, and dinner to follow.
On July 4th 2018, a fire started near Paradise Valley, Nevada that would become the single largest fire recorded...
The 'Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome' is a two-part volume on managing sagebrush ecosystems in the West that was developed by an extensive interagency team of scientists and managers (...
Join us as we bridge the gap between science and management when it comes to issues related to duff in southeastern upland ecosystems. This workshop will be a true exchange designed to expose natural resource managers to useful scientific studies and...
The 12th North American Forest Ecology Workshop (NAFEW) will celebrate 25 years of bringing together diverse stakeholders from across Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
Forests on the edge: forest ecology in rapidly changing conditions is...