Sediment cores spanning the last 13,500 calendar years (cal yr) were obtained from two lakes (Fracas Lake, 2518 m; Bear Lake, 2778 m) on the Kaibab Plateau in northern Arizona. Pollen and plant macrofossil records indicate that before ∼12,900 cal yr B....
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Fire Effects Information System
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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This publication gives an overview of structural and other ecological changes associated with forest management and fire suppression since the early 1900's in a ponderosa pine forest, the most widespread forest type in the Western United States. Three...
Vegetation has long been recognized as a fundamental factor soil formation, but vegetation and soils commonly covary in response to other environmental factors, confounding the specific effects of vegetation on soil properties. The lysimeter...
Dendro-ecological studies were undertaken to document the disturbance history in two old-growth mixed Pinus koraiensis-hardwood forests in the southern part of the Sikhote-Alin mountains in the Russian Far East. Establishment of four common canopy...
Structural dynamics of a natural tropical seasonal -- mixed deciduous -- forest were studied over a 4-yr period at Mae Klong Watershed Research Station, Kanchanaburi Province, western Thailand, with particular reference to the role of forest fires and...
A rare episode of regeneration of aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) by seeds occurred in Yellowstone National Park (YNP), Wyoming, USA, following extensive fires that occurred in 1988. In 1997, we sampled 410 aspen seedlings from 23 local populations...
We have investigated colonization strategies by comparing the abundance and frequency of ectomycorrhizal fungal species on roots in a mature Pinus muricata forest with those present as resistant propagules colonizing potted seedlings grown in the same...
In northern Patagonia, Argentina we quantify changes in fire frequency along a gradient from mesic Nothofagus dombeyi forest to xeric woodlands of Austrocedrus chilensis at the steppe ecotone, and we examine patterns of vegetation change coincident...
The wildfires that occurred in central Florida in 1998 are discussed. These fires were largely the result of lightning, although some were set by arsonists. Throughout June and early July, these wildfires torched vast areas of Florida, causing as much...
Many species-rich Themeda triandra grasslands in south-eastern Australia have been burnt annually in summer as a land management practice for decades. The characteristics of annual fires (maximum surface temperatures, maximum soil temperature changes...
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are open through 5 pm MST, September 30, 2020.
The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) announcement FA-FOA0021-001 has one task statement. Proposals must address one or more of the following topic areas:
- Fuels management and fire behavior
- Changing fire environment
- Emissions and air quality
- Fire effects and post-fire recovery
- Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire
- Human dimensions of fire
The primary announcement FA-FOA0021-002 has two task statements:
- Sources and distribution of human-caused ignitions and their relation to wildfire impacts
- Reducing damages and losses to valued resources from wildfire
The Regional Fire Science Exchange announcement FA-FOA0021-003 has one task statement focused on leading and executing a regional fire science exchange in the following two regions (see map and supporting information in the FOA):
- Lake States
- Tallgrass Prairie
On April 6, 2020, the Fire Management Board (FMB) established the Wildland Fire Medical and Public Health Advisory Team (MPHAT) to address medical and health-related issues specific to the interagency administration of mission critical wildland fire management functions under a COVID-19 modified operating posture. The COVID-19 MPHAT is tasked with providing medical and public health expertise, advice, coordination, and collaboration with external subject matter experts and developing protocols and practices for all aspects of COVID-19 planning, prevention, and mitigation for wildland fire operations. Guidance found on this page has been issued via FMB Memorandum. They may be updated as appropriate and necessary to respond to the evolving situations and work conditions surrounding COVID-19.
This position is located on the Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff, Arizona. It serves as a Watershed Specialist with responsibility for coordinating and leading watershed program development, organization, and budget as well as guiding watershed rehabilitation and management planning of projects.
- Prepare technical reports on hydrologic and watershed aspects of forest management.
- Provide a variety of hydrologic and watershed recommendations for inclusion in Forest Plans.
- Provide advice, training, and technical support to managers to enable them to meet watershed protection constraints while carrying out planned resource activities such as timber harvest, road construction, range, wildfire, and recreation programs.
- Review projects or activities on-the-ground to analyze watershed impacts as a result of such activities.
- Prepare technical reports on soil aspects of forest management. Provides a variety of soil recommendations for inclusion in Forest Plans.
- Analyze soils data to formulate integrated planning recommendations for resource management activities.
- Oversee current and out-year planning for major watershed projects. Coordinate watershed program budget execution and communicates program direction among the Forest Staff.
- Develop proposals to secure funding for watershed restoration projects.
- Work with program managers to develop and implement new or revised policy directives or program materials.
- Participate on interdisciplinary teams to provide resource specialist input for natural resource projects.
- Interact and coordinate with regional, forest counter parts and other agencies in watershed related issues.
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) developed a Wildland Fire Professional Certification program to further promote ecologically-based science and management in wildland fire and fuels through accredited professionals. They have multiple certifications to fit diverse career stages and focal areas, and recently expanded options to include a set of certifications related to wildland fuels.
2020 Deadline Extended to October 1
Help the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) recognize leaders in the field of fire ecology and management by submitting a nomination for an AFE Award in 2020:
Nominations in all categories are due October 19, 2020.
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) is composed of professionals from around the world, who together play a key role in wildland fire and fire ecology research, education, management, and policy. AFE values the diversity of perspectives and range of experiences held by its members. AFE aims to actively cultivate the future of fire and resource conservation by investing in future leaders through the AFE Mentoring Futures Program.
The committee will meet in November to match participants. All are welcome to participate.
This position is located on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest with the Lakewood/Laona Ranger District in Lakewood, WI. This position is located on a Forest Service unit. The incumbent assists in implementing the ecological programs to maintain a viable and dynamic forest system on a National Forest.
Few vacancies in the following locations:
- Fenn, ID
- Kooskia, ID
- Marienville, PA
- Laramie, WY
- Saratoga, WY
This position is being concurrently announced under Pathways Recent Graduate program as announcement number 21-NCH-FW-430-57-RG. Current federal employees may apply to both announcements. This position may be filled at the GS-05 or GS-07 grade level with promotionpotential to the GS-09.
- Locates, surveys, identifies, and records threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species information in order to meet environmental assessment requirements.
- Participates in evaluation and monitoring of the threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species and plant community and vegetation management programs.
- Collects and summarizes informational data and administers assigned plant species projects.
- Participates in assigned phases of administration such as budgeting, personnel management, etc. for plant projects.
- Performs information and education work by meeting with and talking to residents, forest users and visitors on subjects relating to Forest Service programs, objectives, and problems.
Few vacancies in the following locations:
- Eureka, CA
- Laramie, WY
The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. This Student Trainee position will be filled as an Intern appointment. The appointment is indefinite and is expected to last for the duration of the student's academic attendance.
The Women in Fire Fellowship Member participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, fire break preparation, and other tasks as assigned. The Fellowship member will also perform duties such as invasive species treatment, timber stand improvement, monitoring, mapping invasives and mapping treatment locations. This is a grant funded, US Forest Service interagency partnership project, funded for up to one year. The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare the candidate for entry or mid-level fire positions with the USFS or other partner agency. This crew member position is full time, year around for the period of the grant.
The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (www.bren.ucsb.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Data Science at the rank of Assistant Professor, to start July 1, 2021. We seek a highly creative and interactive scholar whose research and teaching interests are focused on innovative approaches for computational analyses in an allied discipline of Environmental Science (including, but not limited to, Earth science, ecology, political science, socio-ecological systems, etc.). We particularly seek candidates who address environmental questions using large datasets (e.g., remotely sensed data, text-based repositories, etc.), have a rigorous foundation in statistical fundamentals (e.g., machine learning, Bayesian inference, causal inference, etc.), or leverage cutting-edge developments in data science (e.g., data-driven discovery, scalable computing, etc.) in their work. We welcome candidates whose substantive area of expertise is related to environmental justice, or whose methodological expertise addresses algorithmic bias in quantitative sciences.
- Open date: September 11th, 2020
- Next review date: Monday, Oct 26, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
- Final date: Thursday, Jul 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Sierra Corps is a Forestry Fellowship program implemented by the Sierra Nevada Alliance that aims to increase workforce capacity for forest health restoration, biomass utilization, and wildfire resilience projects in the Sierra Nevada. The Alliance places Fellows with partners throughout the region for forest-health related employment. Fellows bring their education, skills, and expertise to engage in paid fellowships that provide assistance in assessment, planning, permitting, project management, and other essential forest restoration and wildfire resilience work.
Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1-2 PhD student(s) starting in Fall 2021 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Zhu Lab works on research questions at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes, using quantitative approaches such as remote sensing, species distribution models, and Bayesian statistical methods. Current research projects include (1) phenological responses to climate change and human activity in the Northern Hemisphere; (2) the biogeography of soil fungi in North America; and (3) wildfire propagation and forest regrowth in California. The Zhu Lab also collaborates with other research groups, such as the Peay Lab at Stanford University (https://mykophile.com) through a collaborative NSF grant (https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/09/zhu-nsf.html). More information is available at https://zhulab.ucsc.edu/.
Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and a strong background in ecology and environmental science, as well as math, statistics, and programming. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by attending classes, workshops, and working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn.
Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) as early as possible and no later than the application deadline in December 2020 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a PhD and long-term career goals; (3) why interested in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, and TOEFL score (if applicable).
With multiple agencies/entities, groups and task forces all working to find solutions for operational concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the need for a space to share information is apparent. This forum serves as a platform to ask questions, as well as to share ideas, information, and solutions.
The 2020 Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting will be offered online. Continuing Forestry Education credits (3.5 Category 1 Hours) and Master Timber Harvester credits (3.5 Category B Hours) will be offered for those attending the entire...
The use of fire on the landscape is a hotly debated topic, despite being a natural process in northern forests. It is seen as a vital tool by land managers to improve forest health and spur regeneration.
This webinar will look at the history of...
Presenter: Susan J. Prichard, Research Scientist, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle
The 2014 Carlton Complex was the largest single wildfire event in Washington state history, and much of the >100,...
The Land Trust Alliance is pleased to host Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference — Where 2,000 people who share your passion for conservation will re-energize and inspire you. Gather to learn about diverse conservation topics — there are...
Soils play an important role in our ecosystems. They provide essential nutrients and minerals to plants, are home to nitrogen fixing micro-organisms, and assist in the development of organic matter through decomposition. Scientists and land managers...
Join the Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and The Nature Conservancy for this workshop that will focus on using prescribed fire to manage glades for quail habitat and diverse plant communities. A half-day...
Quaking Aspen: Numerous threats to aspen communities have spurred a resurgence of interest in sound science-based restoration and management practices. Scientists and land managers will discuss the role of climate and fire in shaping aspen forests of...
The 47th Natural Areas Conference, Sierra to Sagebrush: Integrating Management and Stewardship Across Landscapes, is focused on the unique ecological and management dynamics that distinguish the Nevada-California borderlands, the Great Basin and Sierra...
The Montana Watershed Coordination Council and the Montana Forest Collaborative Network are co-hosting the 2020 Watershed Symposium titled “Summit to Stream: Connecting People, Water, and Forests.”
Due to health and safety concerns from the...
The 2020 Indiana Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, October 15 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development and Office of Water host a monthly webinar series to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water systems and communicate current small drinking water...
Part of the After the Flames webinar series.
Presented by Pete Robichaud, Research Engineer with the Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
The wildland fire (often called wildland fires) regime is changing. Climate change is affecting temperature and patterns of drought and rainfall in the United States, with direct impacts on wildfire seasonality, frequency, and severity. Warmer springs...
The Kentucky Prescribed Fire Council meeting will held online. Registration and other details will be posted on the website when available.
Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns
Information will be added when available.
Following the unprecedented 2019/20 bushfire season, the 2020 Bushfire Building Conference is shaping up to be a crucial event for researchers, planners and building industry professionals. The Australian Bushfire Building Conference is an annual event...
The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation will hold their annual Science and Management Meeting in a virtual format on September 16, 2020. This virtual meeting will be in one of the same time slots as the H5II conference, which was postponed until...
A free one hour webinar from Tall Timbers Research Station, the Southern Fire Exchange and the University of Florida.
Society of American Foresters CFE Credit Expected.
Jim Cox, Tall Timbers Research Station
Postponed until October 5-7, 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns
Topics will cover the full range for understanding the restoration management of 'High-5' species important to both US and Canada, including ecology, genetics,...
The Prescribed Fire Science Workshop is a series of virtual events, trainings, and networking opportunities that will connect fire scientists and land managers with the goal of increasing the pace and scale of prescribed burning in the...