In the arid and semiarid Southwestern United States, the forest understory vegetation (mostly grasses, forbs, and shrubs) is dry and susceptible to wildland fires. Fire in the form of prescribed burning is often used to protect these areas from...
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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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Each year, the wildfire season in the Western United States brings headlines and news reports, mostly factual but sometimes misleading. This year is no different, a case in point being 'Let Forest Fires Burn? What the Black-Backed Woodpecker Knows' (...
Presented by Jill Johnstone at the 2018 Alaska Fire Science Consortium Spring Fire Science Workshop.
Presented by Teresa Hollingsworth. From the 2018 Alaska Society of American Foresters and Alaska Northern Forest Cooperative Annual Meeting. April 12, 2018.
Presented by Randi Jandt and Jill Johnstone. From the 2018 Bonanza Creek LTER symposium, April 6, 2018.
The capacity of wildland fire science and technology in Canada is not keeping pace with the growing complexity of wildland fire. Fire seasons are becoming longer, fire events are becoming more severe, and experts predict that the area burned on an...
Radar and satellite observations document the evolution of a destructive fire‐generated vortex during the Carr fire on 26 July 2018 near Redding, California. The National Weather Service estimated that surface wind speeds in the vortex were in excess...
This report summarizes the most recent inventory of Wyoming’s forests based on field data collected between 2011 and 2015. The report includes descriptive highlights and tables of area, numbers of trees, biomass, carbon, volume, growth, mortality, and...
Accurately modeling the duration and extent of soil heating from prescribed fires and wildfires is vital to predicting many second-order fire effects, including development of soil hydrophobicity and other biological, chemical, and physical effects....
Acute and chronic exposure to wildfire smoke can cause numerous documented cardiopulmonary effects, although determining the casual components within the thousands of different chemicals found in both the particle and gas phases remains a toxicological...
The purpose of this position is to carry out technical forestry tasks associated with unit goals, goals which contribute to the mission of the Oregon Department of Forestry, as assigned by the Reforestation Unit Forester. Because the Department's highest priority work is a forest fire emergency, this position may be utilized during those emergencies to provide assistance in a variety of ways.
The Sage-steppe Conservation Specialist (Specialist) will lead and/or participate in cooperative efforts with conservation partners to advance an Adaptive Management approach to sagebrush steppe habitats with a goal of increasing conservation outcomes across public and private lands. The Specialist will work with established planning and monitoring methodologies to evaluate efficacy of sage-steppe conservation practices, which may include field-based data collection, data analysis, synthesis and the development and delivery of outreach materials. The Specialist will work directly with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on issues and opportunities related to Rangeland management through a TNC/BLM Assistance Agreement. Working closely with BLM staff, the Specialist will establish and support a Community of Practice network to support the “Land Health” program of work as well as related policies and practices such as Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) in a manner that advances ecosystem restoration and sustainable management. The Specialist will participate in and support collaborative groups such as the SageCon partnership (Oregon’s statewide Sage-grouse conservation collaborative) and SageSHARE (a statewide working group dedicated to creating products for land managers which address complex landscape scale issues). Additional partners may include USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Oregon State University, BLM, USFWS, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and private landowners.
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position. They seek an early career scientist to conduct ecological research to assess the potential consequences of disturbance in sagebrush landscapes and evaluate the success of landscape restoration actions. The postdoctoral fellow will work with a supportive and experienced team of scientists, taking the lead on one or two publications and contributing to related team publications. The postdoctoral fellow will lead projects that: 1) develop future landscape disturbance scenarios in the Great Basin to assess the resulting risk of cheatgrass invasion; 2) evaluate rates of sagebrush recovery across landscapes following removal and restoration treatments, or 3) Optimize management actions for restoration success and wildlife populations within sagebrush ecosystems. The fellow will also contribute to additional projects such as those quantifying greater sage-grouse responses to disturbances and habitat restoration efforts. The Post Doctoral Fellow will be working under the supervision of Dr. Cameron Aldridge (CSU), and in cooperation with US Geological Survey collaborators at the Fort Collins Science Center and the Bureau of Land Management. The fellow will be expected to communicate project findings through peer-reviewed scientific publications, reports, and presentations at professional meetings.
The East-West Center Research Program is seeking to hire a Fellow for a one-year position focused on drought and climate variability in the Hawai‘i/Pacific region. The Fellow will lead a knowledge exchange and technical assistance process with identified partners in the Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands region to co-produce site-specific drought statistics and data products to meet the needs of resource managers.
The Fellow will engage in cooperative research that supports activities to build adaptive capacity to climate variability and change in Hawai‘i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands; improve drought resilience and responses of land managers; reduce wildfire risk; protect threatened and endangered species and important natural resources; and incorporate Native Hawaiian knowledge in management of drought in the region. The Fellow will analyze available gridded climate datasets; work with stakeholders to produce outputs to communicate study findings and project milestones; write scholarly reports; plan, organize, and participate in outreach and communication activities; develop proposals for external funding; and seek opportunities for collaboration within the East-West Center and other partner organizations.
We are seeking a motivated and independent postdoc to advance the state of the art in remote sensing and geospatial data integration in the field of ecosystem ecology. The successful candidate will work with the Landsat and Sentinel archive in conjunction with very high resolution drone acquired imagery to investigate how vegetation and topography govern microclimatic variability in post-wildfire landscapes. The objective of this project is to quantify influences on post-disturbance microclimatic variability and its effects on tree seedling survival. The Earth Systems Ecology Lab (www.hurteaulab.org) is an interdisciplinary group of ecosystem ecologists in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico. We work collaboratively to tackle a range of question related to global change and forest ecosystems.
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
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.
- 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:
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).
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.
Please join this gathering of habitat restoration experts to contribute and learn from partners on how best to apply state-of-the-art restoration lessons and approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to share the science, art, and passion of...
Sponsor: Southwest Fire Science Consortium
Presenter: Owen Burney, PhD, John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center, New Mexico State University
Restoration of severely burned forest lands is limited in the southwestern US primarily due...
The Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP) is a Canadian/American coalition of land managers and local stakeholders working together on cross-border projects that promote the economic, cultural and natural health of the lakes, forests and...
The Forest Stewards Guild, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and University of the South invite you to learn how to restore native habitat and promote wildlife species through the application of controlled fire in your woodland.
The event will...
The Spring Fire MOU* Partnership will be held at the McClellan Wildfire Training Center on April 5, 2019. The morning sessions will include Barriers to Burning, Pyrosilviculture, Fire and Reforestation, Fire's Role in Restoring Burned Landscapes, and...
This workshop consists of two intense days of entertaining hands-on activities for teaching students about wildland fire behavior, ecology, management and more. Goals include:
- Engage in activities from the Sierra Nevada FIRE WORKS...
Experts warn that year-round fire season is the new normal. Wildfire is no longer “if” it will occur, but rather “when.”
Wildfires burned 9,781,062 acres in the United States in 2017. The impacts of a wildfire last long after the flames are...
Join UGA Cooperative Extension for our second annual forestry and wildlife field day. The purpose of this course is to introduce forest management for wildlife. The primary goal is to focus on the relationship between timber management and the habitat...
Sponsored by: Lake States Fire Science Consortium
1. Seasonal Burning to Improve Management for Brushland-Dependent Species
Use the link below for a full schedule for this meeting.