Prescribed fire is an important tool for maintaining the resilience of fire-dependent ecosystems. Despite broad recognition of its value, however, prescribed fire application in the western US has not been applied at the necessary levels. Past research...
Northwest Fire Portal
The Northwest Fire Portal provides information about fire science and technology relevant to the northwestern contiguous United States. Our goal is to provide "one-stop shopping" for resource managers, decision makers, scientists, students, and communities who want access to the results of efforts to understand and manage fire and fuels on lands in the Northwest. Content within this portal may also be relevant to the temperate forests of southwestern Canada.
Much of the Northwest-related content was originally compiled through the FIREHouse project (the Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program.
Check out the JFSP Fire Exchange(s) located in this region
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
Researchers at the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory study a wide variety of wildland fire topics: fire behavior, combustion science, biomass assessments, fire ecology, fire management, prescribed fires, fire-climate change interactions, landscape ecology, emissions of greenhouse gases, fire policy, and traditional fire use by indigenous communities.
Washington Prescribed Fire Council
The Washington Prescribed Fire Council is a collaborative group working to protect, conserve and expand the safe use of prescribed fire in the State of washington. The group includes state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, private industry, tribes, universities, and more.
Oregon Prescribed Fire Council
The mission of the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council is to serve as a venue for practioners, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, tribes, coalitions, and interested individuals to collaboratively promote and conserve the fire adapted natural ecosystems in Oregon, and expand the responsible use of prescribed fire.
WWETAC: Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center
The Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC) predicts, detects, and assesses existing and potential environmental threats to western wildlands. Syntheses, models, and application tools are developed to provide information and assist management of natural resources and the landscapes that provide them. Interdisciplinary and cross-boundary analyses are conducted, such as understanding human perceptions of fire risk, or conducting and combining socioeconomic and biophysical vulnerability assessments to understand how concurrent threats are translated across the landscapes and affect human well-being.
Ecoshare: Interagency Clearinghouse of Ecological Information
Ecoshare provides information on the environment, ecology, and natural resources. We include publications, data sets, code sets, GIS data, and plant photography to a wide audience. Our spirit is interdisciplinary and interagency. All materials presented here are in the public domain.
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The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils (CPFC) worked collaboratively to produce the 2020 National Prescribed Fire Use Report. Since 2011, the two organizations have partnered to prepare...
Wildfires in the western U.S. are large sources of particulate matter, and the area burned by wildfires is predicted to increase in the future. Some particles released from wildfires can affect cloud formation by serving as ice nucleating particles (...
- On‐plant storage of seeds (serotiny) is a feature of many fire‐prone dominant trees and shrubs in North America, Mediterranean Basin, South Africa and Australia. Understanding how it has responded to the prevailing fire regime and recruitment/...
Active wildfire seasons in the western U.S. warrant the evaluation of post‐fire forest management strategies. Ground‐based salvage logging is often used to recover economic loss of burned timber. In unburned forests, ground‐based logging often follows...
A 30 × 30m-resolution gridded dataset of forest plot identifiers was developed for the conterminous United States (CONUS) using a random forests machine-learning imputation approach. Forest plots from the US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis...
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) have been used in research and development community due to their strong potential in high-risk missions. One of the most important civilian implementations of UAV/UGV cooperative path...
Airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) represents the greatest ambient air pollution risk to health. Wildfires and managed burns, together referred to hereafter as ‘landscape’ fires, are a significant PM2.5 source in many regions worldwide, able to...
Wildfire-generated snags provide key habitat for wildlife associated with recently disturbed forests, offering nesting and foraging resources for several woodpecker species. Snag harvest through post-fire salvage logging provides economic value but...
Wildfire affects many types of communities. Improved understandings of urban conflagrations are leading some fire-prone communities, such as Ashland, Oregon, to expand their attention from focusing solely on the intermix fringe to managing wildfire...
We are looking to support a PhD student (stipend, tuition, health coverage) to work on a NSF project, Managing Future Risk of Increasing Simultaneous Megafires starting as early as summer 2021. This project will involve colleagues at the University of Washington and National Center for Atmospheric Research with expertise in climate science, public policy, and fire ecology. Elements of this work are to understand biophysical influences on fire activity at different scales, particularly related to widespread lightning-ignited fires, and develop convergent approaches for understanding how the confluence of fire suppression and land management approaches can ameliorate future synchronous large fires.
The Nature Conservancy in WA (TNC) and the Okanogan Land Trust (OLT) are looking to recruit a Student Conservation Association (SCA) member with a love of working outside, and willingness to take on multiple kinds of tasks (indoors and out), to support our conservation goals in North Central Washington. North Central WA encompasses a landscape of ponderosa pine forests, sagebrush steppe, salmon-supporting streams and rugged highlands. TNC stewards the Barker Mountain Preserve here, and OLT works with landowners and residents to protect natural areas throughout the region. This position will conduct field stewardship work at Barker Mountain Preserve in coordination with TNC staff and assist with a wide range of tasks for Okanogan Land Trust, who will serve as the local hosts for this internship.
Expected Dates: April 5, 2021 to September 19, 2021
This position will be based in the town of Okanogan but travel throughout the area for field work and community outreach.
Mt. Adams Resource Stewards (MARS) is seeking an exceptionally motivated, creative and team-oriented individual to build on successes and continue growth with our natural resource/forestry stewardship crew program. The successful candidate will work with MARS staff and partners to further develop a high capacity stewardship crew whose functions are integrated with a growing number of field projects for which MARS is responsible. Functions/activities of the crew typically include labor-oriented work, such as fuels reduction, prescribed burn unit prep and support during prescribed burning operations; tree planting; timber stand improvement; invasive/noxious weed control; and fence building; as well as more technical tasks such as stand exams and data gathering support for monitoring plots. MARS continues to explore possibilities for the crew to participate in wildfire suppression activities during emergency situations.
Closing date: open until filled, with a desire for applicant to begin work no later than February 2021.
As part of advancing Stanford University’s IDEAL vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined) among its faculty, students, and staff, the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University (Stanford Earth) has established the Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellows program. This fellowship will support two outstanding scholars in the fields of Earth, energy, and environmental sciences, as well as other emerging fields in this area, whose research and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students will contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion and scientific excellence within the school.
Applications will be considered beginning on December 11, 2020. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by that date for full consideration; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the fellowship positions are filled.
The Stanford University School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth) seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Consistent with Stanford University’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEAL) vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined) among its faculty, students, and staff, we especially seek to attract applications from promising scholars with historically underrepresented backgrounds in traditional STEM fields, as well as in emerging areas of Earth, Energy, and Environmental sciences, including research areas that intersect with societal issues. All four Stanford Earth departments are partnering in this search and a successful candidate will be appointed in one of the following:
Earth System Science - We study the world’s air, water, land, and life as an integrated system. As scientists, we unite basic and purpose-driven research to chronicle how the Earth functions, the many ways it is changing, and what the consequences of changes will be for people and other species. We believe that science can improve the world by enabling us to understand, predict, and solve the pressing issues of global environmental change.
Energy Resources Engineering - We train future leaders in the science and engineering of Earth's energy resources. We combine theory, experiments, and computation to understand and influence the global energy resources landscape. We are committed to leading the way to provide the people, methods, and tools for sustainable management of the Earth's energy resources.
Geological Sciences - We study the properties of minerals, rocks, soils, sediments and water, using multiple lenses -- stratigraphy, paleobiology, geochemistry, and planetary sciences. Their work informs our understanding of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and floods. It helps us meet natural resource challenges through environmental and geological engineering, mapping and land use planning, surface and groundwater management, and the exploration and sustainable extraction of energy and minerals. It also helps us answer fundamental questions about the origin, history, and habitability of planets.
Geophysics - We study Earth and planetary processes through laboratory experiments, computational and theoretical modeling, remote imaging, and direct observation. At Stanford, our teaching and research focus on understanding systems critical to the future of civilization. We apply expertise to fundamental research sustaining life on Earth, combining underlying science with studies of Earth’s environment and resource needs.
The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, seeks applicants for five tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor in the thematic area of restoring and protecting global biodiversity. The Faculty of Science, together with the Faculties of Arts, Forestry, and Land and Food Systems, is sponsoring this unique cluster hire, which builds on existing excellence in this area at UBC. These new hires will join an interdisciplinary research and scholarship team focused on solutions-oriented approaches to biodiversity loss, and its connection to sustainability and adaptive capacity for humanity. For further information see https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/cluster-hire
As part of the cluster, we seek a Conservation and Restoration Scientist to be jointly appointed in the Departments of Botany, and Forest & Conservation Sciences, with opportunities for strong interaction with UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Biodiversity Research Centre. The Conservation and Restoration Scientist will conduct research broadly investigating how to conserve and protect biodiversity, and restore functioning ecosystems in a changing world. Applicants should have an interest in integrating fundamental research on restoring biodiversity, ecosystem functions or adaptive capacity, with applied research on conservation and restoration strategies that involve engagement with communities, industry or governments. Their expertise will be in ecology (including applied ecology), conservation, evolutionary biology, forestry, geography, or related disciplines. We encourage applicants who use a range of empirical or theoretical approaches, applying them to real-world problems from local to global scales, in terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems, and working in plant, animal or fungal systems.
These positions are located in the Pacific Northwest Region, Region 6 and located on a Forest Service unit. The primary purpose of these positions is to perform a variety of complex and recurring duties in support of various Natural Resource programs. The specific duties for the positions will vary based on the program of the unit.
This announcement may be used to fill positions with a seasonal work schedule where full-time work is guaranteed for 13, 18, or 20 pay periods and when not working, you will be placed in non-pay/non-duty status.
Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations may be found on the Forest Service website.
The responsibilities listed below are at the full performance level:
- Performs as a Certified Timber Marker.
- Prepares, develop, and executes timber cruises and sample surveys to develop resource information and estimate quality and quantity of timber for purpose of appraisal, sales administration, management planning, and logging plans.
- Performs wildland firefighting and prescribed fire duties as qualified and assigned.
- Assists in the implementation of recreation operation and maintenance plans for developed and dispersed recreation sites.
- Performs complex tasks in support of the vegetation management program and project plans. Prepares and analyzes plant samples.
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.
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.
Presenter: Dr. Miguel Cruz, CSIRO
The prediction of a wildfire rate of spread and growth under high wind speeds and dry fuel moisture conditions is key to taking proactive actions to warn and protect communities. We investigated the possibility...
Host: Rocky Mountain Research Station
Presenters: Maureen Essen and Daniel R. Williams
Wildfire risk is shared across landscapes, ownerships, and administrative boundaries. Consequently, successful efforts to mitigate this risk depend on...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) conducted the AirNow Sensor Data Pilot during the 2020 fire season to provide the public with air sensor information on the air pollutant, fine particulate matter (PM2.5...
Cities worldwide are at the nexus of population growth, increasing air pollution levels, and climate change. These pressing problems are a small fraction of the challenges that cities face daily. You will hear from cities and organizations on...
Host: Rocky Mountain Research Station
Presenter: Pete Robichaud
Major concerns after wildfires are the increased runoff and erosion due to loss of the protective forest floor layer, loss of water storage, and creation of water repellent...
Host: Rocky Mountain Research Station
Presenters: Greg Dillon and Sean Parks
Area burned by wildland fire has been increasing since the mid-1980s across much of the US. But the effects of fire on vegetation and soil – what we call burn...
The Washington Prescribed Fire Council will host their 2021 Annual Meeting on March 10, 2020 at 1pm. This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. Please save the date and time. More details and an agenda will be out soon.
Offered through the University of Idaho
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and communicate the relationships between basic fire regimes and fire effects, the...
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Working Together to Build a Resilient Northwest
This NW Climate Conference will be ONLINE.
Questions? Please contact either of the Program Co-Chairs:
- Jason Vogel,...
Target Audience: This training is open to all who are interested in learning about prescribed fire and utilizing it as a tool within fire-adapted landscapes, including those who are not fire professionals. In the past, participants have included...
The sagebrush steppe is one of the largest ecosystems in North America and one of the most threatened due to human land use conversions, non-native plant invasions, and wildfire. This virtual series will introduce participants to the ecology of this...
Presenter: Laurel Lynch, Assistant Professor, Department of Soil & Water Systems
This seminar is part of the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources' FOR 501 Seminar Series.
For More Information:
Department of Forest,...
Presented by Camille Stevens-Rumann and hosted in partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology, this webinar covers a recent review published in the Journal of Fire Ecology on tree regeneration following wildfire in the western US. The webinar...
This is the fifth of a five-webinar series. The sagebrush steppe is one of the largest ecosystems in North America and one of the most threatened due to human land use conversions, non-native plant invasions, and wildfire. This virtual series will...
Learn how the best leaders make the right decisions within escalating incidents. Course topics include critical decision making in high-stress environments, incident leadership, human factors, and command and control with tactical considerations. By...
Ryer Becker, PhD Student in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, will present his proposal.
Major Professor: Robert F. Keefe
There is broad understanding and agreement lately that there is a need to substantially increase the use of prescribed fire to create landscape resiliency, protect communities and ensure a safe and effective wildfire response. In response, more and...
- Kaitlyn Eldredge, National Park Service
- Dr. Katrina Eichner, Associate Professor, University of Idaho, Dept. Sociology and Anthropology
This seminar is part of the FOR 501 Seminar Series: Current Research...
Sponsors: LANDFIRE & The Nature Conservancy
Presenter: Greg Dillon, Spatial Fire Analyst, U.S. Forest Service
Burn severity is the ecological change resulting from wildland fires. Areas burned with high severity are of concern to land...
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and communicate the relationships between basic fire regimes and fire effects, the effects of fire treatments on fire effects, and to...