Horizon scanning is a method for detecting and interpreting the implications of emerging issues and other signals of change, both within and outside of an organization or field. Anticipating possible changes that may affect an organization is a first...
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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Is the risk of death the same when implementing "planned events"? What do the numbers we have as well as some specific events have say about that? Travis Dotson will provide prescribed fire practitioners a few specific elements to consider related to...
Heat injuries sustained in a fire can initiate a cascade of complex mechanisms that affect the physiology of trees after fires. Uncovering the exact physiological mechanisms and relating specific injuries to whole‐plant and ecosystem functioning is the...
Wildland‐urban interface (WUI) fire incidents are likely to become more severe and will affect more and more people. Given their scale and complexity, WUI incidents require a multidomain approach to assess their impact and the effectiveness of any...
Wildfires are often perceived as destructive disturbances, but we propose that when integrating evolutionary and socioecological factors, fires in most ecosystems can be understood as natural processes that provide a variety of benefits to humankind....
Smoke aerosols released from biomass burning greatly influence air quality, weather, and climate. The total particulate matter (TPM) of smoke aerosols has been demonstrated to be a linear function of fire radiative energy (FRE) during a period of...
Wildfire was here before us. The east slope of the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon encompasses a diverse range of forest types, from cold and wet forests at high elevations near the Cascade Crest, to warm and dry forests share in common, is that...
In ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests of the western United States, prescribed burns are used to reduce fuel loads and restore historical fire regimes. The season of and interval between burns can have complex consequences for the ecosystem,...
Western U.S. wildfire area burned has increased dramatically over the last half‐century. How contemporary extent and severity of wildfires compare to the pre‐settlement patterns to which ecosystems are adapted is debated. We compared large wildfires in...
Scientific knowledge and tools have central roles in contemporary federal forest programs that promote restoration in large landscapes and across ownerships. Although we know much about the role of science in decisionmaking and ways that science can be...
- Administers or supervises the administration of timber stand improvement, fuels reduction, reforestation, cone collection, and other vegetation management contracts.
- Serves as a COR for administering contracts.
- Prepares project plans and contracts for silvicultural methods and techniques in planting, seeding, site preparation, cone collections, timber stand improvement, fuels reduction, and tree and shrub improvement projects.
- Inspects all phases of reforestation and stand improvement projects; appraises the degree of conformance with policies, procedures, and silvicultural plans; and recommends corrective action as required.
- Coordinates silvicultural needs with other resource specialists.
- Serves as a full member of an IDT on reforestation, timber stand improvement, fuels reduction, range, and landscape restoration projects.
- Plans, coordinates, and evaluates the timber stand improvement program; prescribes cutting practices based on an examination of stand conditions and esthetic or other resource requirements.
- Participates in preparation and review of reforestation and timber stand improvement environmental documents.
- Duties listed above are at the full performance level.
The purpose of the grant program is to provide funds for pilot projects that: (1) Address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, (2) Have national or regional relevancy, or (3) Develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions.
Who Is Eligible to Apply: 1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Health Division is looking to add to its growing team of natural resource professionals committed to restoring and managing the health of Washington's forests. This position will play a critical role analyzing and monitoring forest health conditions that will inform large forest landscape restoration efforts such as the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan. In this role you will interact with a wide variety of scientists, land managers and stakeholders to help them understand complex scientific concepts and apply them in landscape restoration efforts.
If you are a scientist that has proven experience managing natural resources, analyzing landscape level forest health conditions and risk using remotely sensed datasets, developing forest health treatment plans and prescriptions, communicating complex scientific topics to technical and non-technical audiences, publishing research findings in refereed publications, and a passion and commitment to working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to create healthy, resilient forested landscapes, the DNR wants to hear from you!
Job duties include:
- Develop cutting-edge tools to analyze forest conditions and accelerate pace and scale of treatments
- Partner with DNR scientists and other researchers to analyze and monitor forest health conditions
- Perform landscape evaluations to develop forest health treatment prescriptions for priority watersheds
- Working with land managers to translate science into practical applications
- Build and maintain statewide forest health datasets
- Develop and implement monitoring and research projects
- Conduct fieldwork to inform landscape evaluations and monitoring studies.
The CNMI Division of Coastal Resources Management (DCRM) is seeking to hire a full-time (40hrs/week) Watershed Coordinator. The Watershed Coordinator’s primary role is to develop and implementwatershed management and restoration projects in the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan, Tinian, and Rota). The Coordinator will focus their work in priority watersheds identified by CNMI natural resource managers and conservation professionals for their unique management challenges and restoration opportunities, which may include native revegetation, stormwater runoff interventions, wildfire mitigation, or mangrove propagation. The Coordinator serves as key personnel and project manager for the CNMI’s Coral Reef Initiative, while also participating in regional and national-level collaborations with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. United States citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is required.
- 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.
The Northeast Region of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is currently recruiting for four Non-Perm, State Uplands Foresters (Natural Resources Specialist 1) to join our team of Silviculture Foresters.
Are you someone who loves the outdoors, and is passionate about natural resource forester opportunities in Washington State? If you love working in the outdoors, appreciate a remote natural environment, and have good practical field skills with a proven ability for working in a small team, then this is the job for you.
These positions will assist the Silviculture Foresters in implementing sound ecological forest management that generates revenue while improving forest health and habitat. Position responsibilities include assisting in the layout of timber sales. This work includes, locating and marking timber sale unit boundaries, tree marking, GPS mapping, locating and delineating riparian buffers or other sensitive areas, road layout, cruising, and developing detailed summary reports. Additional silvicultural duties include conducting stand surveys, preparing and administering pre-commercial thinning, tree planting and fuels reduction contracts under the agency's forest health program. In addition, this position will assess the health of stands and recommend silvicultural prescriptions and harvest strategies.
We have opportunities available in the following locations:
- Arcadia (Deer Park, WA)
- North Columbia (Colville, WA)
- South Okanogan (Omak, WA)
- Highlands (Loomis, WA)
Included in this free class:
- A trunk and curriculum containing 40 hands-on activities for teaching about wildland fire science
- Covers physical science of combustion, fire history, succession, and fire effects on plants andanimals
- New curriculum & streamlined materials - just released
- Includes materials on fire use by Native Americans
- Lessons for elementary, middle, and high school levels
When: June 20-21, 2019.
Where: Fire Sciences Lab, Missoula, MT
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
The Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a unique program blending maximum field prescribed burning experience with a flexible curriculum of classroom instruction on foundational topics for prescribed fire practitioners.
The PFTC is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Training locations are dispersed throughout Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Attendees will travel to several remote sites during their stay to take advantage of prescribed burning and learning opportunities with a variety of agencies, fuel types, and challenges such as urban interface.
The Southeast is an ideal site for the PFTC due to the year round burning programs of several agencies, broad prescription windows, and the high level of interagency cooperation. During their 20 day tour, individuals should expect to participate in prescribed burns conducted for a variety of objectives. The wildland urban interface is a focus of PFTC, and most participants will have opportunities to conduct burns in interface situations. This variety of field experience with the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies offers an accelerated learning opportunity for the participants.
FY2019 20-Day Sessions:
- January 6, 2019 to January 25, 2019
- February 3, 2019 to February 22, 2019
- March 10, 2019 to March 29, 2019
- April 7, 2019 to April 26, 2019
- June 2, 2019 to June 21, 2019
FY2019 Agency Admin Workshops:
- October 25, 2018 to October 30, 2018
- February 28, 2019 to March 5, 2019
Smoke Managers Subcommittee is a collection of land and air quality managers from across North America interested in working together to facilitate an increase in prescribed burning while minimizing air quality impacts. All interested persons are...
The impact of wildland fire smoke on air quality and health is an issue growing in importance to many health officials across the country, as well as federal, state and local decision-makers. This webinar gives an overview of EPA’s tools and resources...
The Tactical Fire Remote Sensing Advisory Committee is a joint effort by NASA and USFS to advance use of earth observations in wildfire. The group meets twice each year to discuss the developments and results of ongoing investigations for new and...
In this FLN webinar, Jean Lorber will give a short presentation about new fire monitoring results; this will be followed by case studies of individual burn units, presented by the folks that burned them, to showcase a range of fire intensities and talk...
Webinar Description: There is wide agreement that prescribed fire is essential and under-utilized for restoring and maintaining natural ecosystem function, sustaining native wildlife populations, and mitigating wildfire hazard. There...
Session Dates: June 2-21, 2019.
The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC), located in Tallahassee, Florida, is an entity designed to give individuals an opportunity to increase their prescribed fire practitioner skills. The...
The North American Prairie Conference (NAPC) is America's oldest and most celebrated native grassland conference. It has been held every other year from 1968. The 2019 conference will be the 25th (silver) event and will be the second time that this...
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With increases in the severity and duration of fire seasons, wildland firefighters are working longer shifts all across the west and are experiencing increased fatigue. In this webinar, Randy Brooks will present results from a survey of more than 400...
This is a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course designed for individuals with wildland fire experience who are currently qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2), and who desire to be qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or...
The dates of this training are: April 29-May 10, 2019.
There is widespread recognition within conservation, restoration, and land management agencies across the state of the need to increase ecologically-based, landscape restoration. To do so...
Join us for a webinar and robust discussion about innovative collaborations and case studies developed through a partnership between Trout Unlimited and the Forest Service. We will share examples of successful projects, tools such as partnership...
This webinar seeks to inform participants about what to expect from LANDFIRE Remap products, and what has and has not changed from previous product offerings. We will discuss what we have learned since February 2019 when the products were made...
Presented by Travis Dotson, Analyst from the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
Co-sponsored by the Lake States Fire Science Consortium and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange
Is the risk of death the same when implementing "...
In this webinar, Dr. Kimberley Davis will examine the effects of climate on post-fire conifer regeneration and subsequent seedling and tree growth. She and her colleagues focused on lower elevation ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests to identify the...
Pre-season climate and weather variables point to an especially active fire season this year for the Pacific Northwest. During this webinar, we’ll explore the factors that make up this outlook, define what a normal fire season looks like for the...
Wildfires across the United States have cost more than 100 lives and more than $25 billion dollars in property losses in just the last two years. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to improve the wildfire safety of your home and community. Take...
This conference was the brainchild of renowned plaintiff attorney Ken Roye. Ken's vision was to create a neutral and informative forum for lawyers, experts and others to share their experiences and collaborate in improving how justice is done in...
What will you learn?
This presentation will focus on findings from JFSP-supported graduate research on post-fire conifer establishment following recent wildfires in eastern Oregon's Blue Mountains. Given shifting climate and...
The conference theme is "Fuels of Today - Fire Behavior of Tomorrow" Understanding Fire Behavior and Fuels for Sound Decision Making and Effective Management
This conference will provide government and nongovernment professionals at all levels a...