Water quality laws require regulatory agencies to identify the beneficial uses streams and rivers, and to determine the pollutants that may impair those uses. The amount of pollutant that can be tolerated for a given beneficial use is the total maximum...
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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 WEPP model was used to compare erosion rates from fuel management operations, including roads, to erosion following wildfire, the inevitable disturbance in the absence of fuel management, for climates across the western U.S. The results show that...
The increase in severe wildfires in recent years is due in part to an abundance of fuels in forests. In an effort to protect values at risk, and decrease the severity of wildfires, forest managers have embarked on a major program of fuel reduction....
Erosion following wildfire can be as much as 1000 times the erosion from an undisturbed forest. In August, 2005, the largest fire in the lower 48 states occurred in the Umatilla National Forest in Southeast Washington. Researchers from the Rocky...
High-intensity prescribed fires have been recommended to regenerate Table Mountain pine (Pinus pungens). However, tests of these burns produced few seedlings, possibly due to soil sterilization. This study examined abundance of mycorrhizal root tips in...
Fires initiated in wildland areas can spread to populated areas where structures can be ignited (UWI fires). The onset of burning structures introduces fire intensities and durations different from that produced by vegetation. Community fire spread and...
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The Pacific Northwest Regional Modeling Consortium (comprised of numerous state and federal agencies) have made advances in the use of the MM5 meteorological model for real-time forecasting applications to fire and smoke management since the...
Moisture in organic forest floor material for boreal ecosystems plays on important role in fire behavior. Therefore, data from in situ moisture sensors were compared with sampled moisture data and weather information to assess moisture dynamics in...
As a Wildlife Refuge Specialist you will be responsible to plan, manage and coordinate the programs and operations of the Refuge. Administrative, operational and related programs are varied, however, the numbers of major activities such as construction of new facilities, pest control, public use, etc. are limited.
Wildlife Biology, Ecology and Habitat Management: Initiate and oversee conservation activities (e.g., habitat development, clean-up, contaminant and restoration projects, research studies, population studies, wildlife inventory, monitoring, etc.); prepare interagency cooperative agreements, memoranda of understanding and special use permits; assist in the fire program; participate in land acquisition or easement activities.
Visitor Services: Assist with a comprehensive public relations/public use program including off-refuge programs, interpretive and educational programs, wildlife dependent recreation (hunting, fishing, wildlife observation), and other recreational management activities. Conduct tours, serve as an environmental education instructor; manage the volunteer program.
Natural Resources Program Management: Participate in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessments (EAs), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 consultations, etc., Comprehensive Conservation Plans, Habitat Management Plans, Land Acquisition and Protection Plans, etc.; ensure actions are compliant with laws, rules, and regulations (e.g., water rights, rights-of-way, oil and gas, easements, fee title lands, etc.).
Business, Facilities and Equipment Management: Assist senior management develop long-range plans, annual work plans, budgets and work schedules. Develops cost estimates and the work sequence of major and minor rehabilitation projects, and prepares administrative and accomplishment reports. Plan and schedule operations and maintenance projects covering limited construction, repair and maintenance of equipment, facilities and infrastructure.
Other Information: The incumbent is expected to work outside in inclement weather (heat in the summer, cold and snow in the winter), on rough uneven terrain, and exposed to wind and insects. The Refuge is located in a remote area, approximately 30 miles from the small town of Chiloquin, Oregon with limited services.
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.
The Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory (PWFSL) in connection with the University of Washington is hiring up to three field assistants to work on multiple post-wildfire monitoring projects across the Western US during the summer of 2019. Work will include:
- Collection of inventory data in pre/post salvaged logged forests
- Vegetation surveys in high severity wildfire zones
- Installation of long-term monitoring plots
PWFSL is looking for individuals who are detail-oriented, able to follow data collection protocol, enjoy working as part of a team outdoors in variable conditions, and can live cooperatively with others. Candidates must be in good physical condition, be able to lift at least 40 lbs, hike across rough terrain and able to work long hours in adverse weather and remote locations.
Positions will start in mid-June and last through mid-August, 8-10 weeks. When based in Seattle, a typical work week will be five 8 hour days. Field work will require travel for extended periods of 14-28 days, often scheduled with little or no notice. Travel to/from field sites and housing will be provided at no cost.
Check out this fully online course on Wildland Fire Science and Management offered by Professor Kenn H. Clark via Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
The Forestry program is responsible for the ecological enhancement, economic development and sustainable use of forest resources of allotted, Tribal trust and Tribal fee patent lands for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The Forester assists with development and implementation of activities and functions to carry out provisions of CTUIR missions and 25 CFR. The Forester develops, implements, and continues programs designed to secure optimum conservation and utilization of soil, water, and forestry resources to provide a fair and reasonable income to Indian landowners consistent with other resource values. The CTUIR employs the best available science to forward our mission through participation in policy, administrative processes, public outreach and education. The position will be under the supervision of the Supervisory Forester. The Forestry Program is required to:
- Integrate the protection, conservation, utilization, and enhancement of Tribal fee, trust and/or restricted Indian forestry lands with the desires of the beneficial owners;
- Ensure that beneficial owners receive fair market value for forest products; and
- Accomplish 1 and 2 in conjunction with natural resource management objectives and cultural values of the Tribes.
Tall Timbers Wildland Fire Science Program has received Department of Defense funding from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program to characterize multiscale feedbacks between forest structure, fire behavior and fire effects. This work seeks to advance more mechanistic predictions of fire effects through the application and advancement of coupled fire-atmospheric modeling to empirical study of surface fire regimes. The project is field-intensive and includes intensive fire-line experimentation campaigns using a variety of spatial and temporal monitoring techniques. This post-doctoral fellowship has up to 3.5 years of funding to lead integration efforts of multidisciplinary empirical fire behavior and forest measurements. The position will oversee data management, analysis, and data integration of 3D fuel characterization, fire behavior, fire effects, and 3D flows. The position will also facilitate the transfer of pre- and post-burn datasets to fire behavior modeling teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Colorado State University. The incumbent will play a key role in advancing our understanding of heat transfer to vegetation during fire and in improving post fire effects prediction. Primary duties are to assist the Wildland Fire Scientist and project collaborators with implementation of the study plan, help supervise field data acquisition, facilitate data transfer among participating organizations, and lead spatially explicit analysis of energy transfer and resulting fire effects. Other duties range from publication writing and preparation for submission to peer-reviewed journals, administering project management software, budget reporting, and student advisement.
Proposals for special sessions, workshops and trainings, oral and poster presentations, fire circles, and attached meetings are now being accepted.
Call for Special Sessions ~ Deadline April 1, 2019
Call for Workshops, Trainings, and Courses ~ Deadline April 1, 2019
Call for Oral and Poster Presentations ~ Deadline August 1, 2019 for Oral Presentations and August 30, 2019 for Poster Presentations
Call for Fire Circles ~ Deadline August 1, 2019
Call for Attached Meetings ~ Deadline August 30, 2019