Invasive annual grasses such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum), medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), and ventenata (Ventenata dubia) are devastating western natural areas and rangeland at a landscape scale. These grass invasions favor further...
The fuels topic page contains resources related to the study of fuels, including, but not limited to, fuel categories, fuel properties, fuel moisture, plant flammability, fuel availability, and fuel consumption.
Standard fire behavior fuel models (RMRS-GTR-153)
This report describes the standard fire behavior fuel models for use with Rothermel's surface fire spread model. The report provides a fuel model selection guide, fuel model crosswalk, and set of fuel model photos are provided. Additional materials include the NewFuelModelsFour.xls, its help file, and a power point presentation.
Scott, Joe H.; Burgan, Robert E. 2005. Standard fire behavior fuel models: a comprehensive set for use with Rothermel's surface fire spread model. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-153. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 72 p.
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The impacts of mechanical mastication fuel treatments on chaparral vegetation are discussed in this brief.
Locating forest treatments in the right places can make them as or more effective than treating everywhere, shows new research out by Krofcheck et al. 2018. The authors found that restoring less acres strategically can have the same impacts as treating...
Simulations of wildland fire risk are dependent on the accuracy and relevance of spatial data inputs describing drivers of wildland fire, including canopy fuels. Spatial data are freely available at national and regional levels. However, the spatial...
Soil heating resulting from prescribed burning in the southern US has potential immediate and long-term impacts. Where fire is being restored to long-unburned sites, the duration and depth of soil heating may be substantial, affecting seed banks, soil...
Numerical simulations of laboratory-scale experiments, with no wind imposed, were performed for fuel bed slopes ranging from 0° to 45°. The implementation of a vertical symmetry plane (SP) placed, span-wise, along the middle of the computational domain...
The area affected by wildfires is experiencing an overall decrease in the Mediterranean European region. However, there is no clear trend associated to the incidence of large fire events, which continue to pose an important threat to assets-at-risk,...
The Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) was designed to store and archive wildland fuel characteristics within fuelbeds, defined as the inherent physical characteristics of fuels that contribute to fire behavior and effects. The FCCS...
In this report we provide a framework for assessing cross-boundary wildfire exposure and a case study application in the western U.S. The case study provides detailed mapping and tabular decision support materials for prioritizing fuel management...
This video describes what fuel loading is, how it can be measured, and fuel load characteristics in various vegetation types.
This position will coordinate and enhance the on-going efforts of federal, state and private partners on the Indian Creek Woodland Savanna Restoration Initiative and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) Focal Area in South Carolina. Primary funding partners include The U.S. Forest Service Sumter National Forest (USFS), the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Quail Forever (QF). This individual will marshal efforts on the Indian Creek Initiative to coordinate habitat restoration and subsequent Northern bobwhite quail restoration for the area. The primary objective is to sustain and enhance project momentum.
- Work closely with the USFS, DNR, National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), QF local chapters, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) to conduct landowner outreach and promotion of Farm Bill programs (e.g. CRP, EQIP, SAFE, CSP, etc.) primarily within the Indian Creek priority area.
- Assist USFS and other entities with habitat management planning and implementation on both public and private lands (burn plans, TSI/thinning, timber harvest, timber marking, quail surveys, habitat monitoring, etc.)
- Conduct habitat workshops demonstrating the need for management of our forested ecosystems and the methods that are effective to reach specific management goals (i.e. more diversity, more quail and other wildlife, better forest fuels management, improved aesthetics, etc.)
- Collaborate and serve as a liaison among QF, USFS, DNR, NWTF, FSA, and NRCS concerning the Indian Creek Initiative. Serve on the SC Prescribed Fire Council, SC Quail Council Technical Committee, and the NRCS State Technical Committee.
- Identify, develop, and implement new and innovative habitat initiatives and partnerships that accelerate habitat efforts (e.g. corporate land holders, energy industry, pollinator interests, philanthropic foundations and granting entities, agribusiness etc.) interested in maintaining a vibrant and diverse economy with high quality of life for current and future generations.
- Seek and administer grant and other funding opportunities that help deliver the QF and partner mission priorities. Write grant proposals to leverage funds for additional quail habitat restoration.
- Administer and serve as the local contact for the QF food plot seed and native seed programs.
- Work very closely with the QF Regional Representative and Regional Leadership Team to expand and strengthen QF chapters and provide leadership to chapters on state habitat and outreach initiatives and priorities.
- Work with QF staff and chapters to use the unique QF local fundraising/spending model to develop state and local habitat delivery programs similar to PF/QF’s “Adopt a Wildlife Area” or “Habitat Share” to generate nonfederal matching funds that leverage habitat improvement on State WMA’s and other priority public lands.
- Act as the project manager for current and future USFS agreements within South Carolina, which may include Challenge Cost-Share and/or Stewardship Agreements.
The Conservation Internship Program is designed to provide hands on training and experience to those interested in pursuing employment with land and water resource management agencies, and other outdoor careers. The program is a cooperative effort designed to address community, environmental, and resource management projects. Through this program, public agencies and community organizations host a Conservation Intern to directly address pressing community resource needs for a three to ten month period. Northwest Youth Corps supports the partnership by supplying placement, administrative, and training support.
Conservation Interns may work on the following types of projects:
• Improve and Restore Public Lands and Waters
• Habitat Restoration & Impact Mitigation
• Invasive Species Inventory and Treatment
• Trail Maintenance and Recreation Infrastructure
• Natural Resource Data Collection
The Internship program is an effective way for Federal, State, and Municipal agencies and Non-profit organizations to harness the passion and energy of interested in natural resources. The program engages the citizen stewards of tomorrow on projects that will help them learn, grow, and gain valuable experience.
Employer: The Davey Tree Expert Company
Location: Northern and Central California (San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, and Napa Counties)
Starting Date: Immediately
What you’ll do:
- Primarily work in high fire risk areas, with work focused on protecting communities from the risk of wildfire.
- Successfully contribute to all aspects of vegetation management planning and analysis.
- Utilize innovative technology and practices to help major utility providers deliver safe and reliable power.
- Inspect and assess utility Rights of Way for vegetation requiring pruning or removal to reduce wildfire risk associated with overhead conductors.
- Inspect and assess vegetation to reduce wildfire risk.
- Work with landowners on fuel reduction and fuel modification.
- Assess terrain, habitat and environmental conditions.
- Coordinate with project managers, planners, and vegetation crews to achieve goals.
- Identify tree and brush control work and protection zone recommendations.
- Assist in problem analysis and development of compliance strategies with limited direct supervision or direction.
- Assist in the development of and conducting of environmental compliance training.
- Coordinate with Project Managers, Planners, and Vegetation Crews to create customized solutions.
Check out this fully online course on Wildland Fire Science and Management offered by Professor Kenn H. Clark via Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
- Follow instructions issued in a timber cruise plan.
- Conduct sample measurements of forest stands to estimate the amount of standing timber.
- Use standard forest measurement tools such as diameter tape, tree calipers, clinometer, angle gauge, prism, compass, and increment borer.
- Determine area of timber resources by traversing harvest unit boundaries and road locations.
- Assess quality and determine defects in timber.
- Complete assigned resource management support tasks within established deadlines.
- Prepare, process, and interpret reports of timber cruise data using a computerized system.
- Apply silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.
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 two-week workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and training required to develop and implement prescribed burn plans with a focus on setting ecological objectives, assessing burn complexity, assessing resource needs, contingency...
The International Association of Wildland Fire is presenting this workshop in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regional Strategy Committees.
This 3-day, field- and classroom-based training (no registration fee) is open to all professional affiliations, and will introduce participants to: tools for selecting metrics that match management/restoration objectives; developing site-specific...
From cellulosic nanotech to cross-laminated timbers and mass plywood, wood-based products are rapidly evolving and impacting our lives for the better. Today, in light of increasing global demands for wood fiber, as well as the ongoing loss of fiber to...
Join the Association for Fire Ecology and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium for the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. The Congress will expand the ecological concept of pyrodiversity to explore interconnectedness among a...
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The IAFC's Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) conference offers hands-on training and interactive sessions designed to address the challenges of wildland fire. If you're one of the many people responsible for protecting local forests or educating...
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,...
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...
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...
Lead Instructor: Brian Stearns, Huron-Manistee National Forests Huron Shores Ranger Station
This three-day, field- and classroom-based workshop is open to all participants of any affiliation, and will introduce participants to: tools for...
Presented by: Sam Wozniak, M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources
The SW LA Forestry Association, the LSU AgCenter, LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF), and the LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will be having a workshop to enable forest landowners to burn their lands safely and legally....
The Nature Conservancy will be hosting S-190, S-130, L-180 and I-100 which are all essential courses for becoming a Wildland Fire Fighter Type 2. The training will be held at TNC’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, located in Bristol, Florida....
The Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) uses the Incident Command System (ICS) to coordinate the weeklong Wildfire Academy. Under the ICS structure, the MNICS Incident Management Team (IMT) works closely with 2019 Minnesota Wildfire Academy...
This one day workshop includes presentations and a field trip that will focus on the ecology and management of eastern Sierra Nevada forest ecosystems, and related topics.
Shortleaf Pine and Pine Oak Woodland Restoration