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    Effective Communication for Smoke Management in a Changing Air Quality Environment: 2008-2009 Workshops

    These presentations were given in 2008 and 2009 as part of a series of workshops entitled "Effective Communication for Smoke Management in a Changing Air Quality Environment." The workshops were organized by the NWCG Smoke Committee, coordinated by the University of Idaho, and featured presentations from several federal, state, and other subject matter experts. These presentations are directed at fire managers responsible for communicating and negotiating with state and local air quality regulators. 

    Please note that all content referencing the EPA Interim Fire policy may become outdated upon issuance of an updated fire policy.

    Air Quality and Smoke Management Basics

    Introduction: The Smoke Management Challenge*, Pete Lahm
    A presentation briefly outlining the rules, policies, and guidance dictating smoke management.
    *This presentation is still applicable, though some of the maps may no longer be current.

    Introduction to Air Quality Regulations, Mike George (National Park Service)
    An Introduction to federal regulations which address smoke management in the context of wildland fire. (42 min.)

    Emissions Composition and Human Health, Trent Wickman (US Forest Service)
    This presentation defines and describes the constituents of smoke which impact human health. An example of wildland fire smoke affecting the health of a community is examined. (13 min.)

    Visibility and Smoke, Trent Wickman (US Forest Service)
    This presentation explains the effect of smoke on light and visibility and gives several examples of smoke affected view-sheds. (13 min.)

    Fire Activity and Emissions Inventories: Their Use in Smoke Management Decision Making and State Implementation Plans, Susan O'Neill (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)

    This presentation describes fire activity and emission inventories, common sources of error in modeling and examples of current models in use. (47 min.)

    Perspectives in Smoke Management and Air Quality

    US EPA Perspectives on Smoke Management and a Brief Summary of Smoke Management Programs in the Southeast, Rick Gillam (US Environmental Protection Agency)
    This presentation explains the US EPA's policy on smoke management, updates to this policy, and several regulatory actions that address smoke management. (60 min.)

    Engaged! We Didn't Know We Were Dating! State Air Regulators' Perspective on Smoke Management Planning: Yesterday and Today, Annette Sharp (Central States Air Resources Agencies)
    This presentation explains the regulations states must consider in developing their smoke management programs, definition changes under the Exceptional Events Rule, and motivations for states to develop smoke management plans. Highlights considerations in developing a state smoke management plan. (38 min.)

    Prescribed Fire Councils: Their Role and Importance in Addressing Smoke Management and Air Quality Issues, Chris O'Meilia (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
    Describes the purpose of Rx fire councils, provides an introduction to the Oklahoma (OK) prescribed Fire Council. Explains the legal basis of the OK Rx fire council, resources available for prescribed burners including weather, smoke dispersion, and site data. (37 min.)

    Smoke Management Approaches

    Introduction to Smoke Management Approaches, Pete Lahm (US Forest Service)
    A presentation describing a progressive approach and overreaching principles of smoke management. Also covers the development of basic and enhanced smoke management programs, and steps required to initiate these programs. (36 min.)

    Basic Smoke Management Practices: A look at Ohio, Mike Bowden (Ohio State Department of Natural Resources)
    Describes Ohio approaches to smoke management, fire laws, current fire and air qualities, issues, measures to address these issues, and future direction for dealing with smoke and air quality in the context of prescribed fire. (26 min.)

    Kentucky Case Study from Developing Smoke Management Programs from Basic Smoke Management Plans to Enhanced Smoke Management Programs, Pete Lahm (US Forest Service)
    An example of smoke management practices from Kentucky (5 min.)
    Note: This presentation is an excerpt from a previous recording and begins mid-sentence.

    Voluntary Smoke Management Program: A Look at the Arkansas Program, Mark McCorkle (Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality)
    Overview of the need for managing for air quality in Arkansas, The elements of their smoke management plan, why the plan is voluntary, description of the plan's origin i.e. the roles of land managers and the general public as well as current status of the plan. (29 min.)

    Mandatory Smoke Management Program: A Look at the North Carolina Program, Gary Curcio (North Carolina Division of Forest Resources)
    This presentation describes North Carolina's smoke management program, the process of progressing from a voluntary smoke management program (SMP) to a more structured SMP, SMP objectives, and the impacts of SMPs on prescribed fire practitioners. (39 min.)

    A Look at the Arizona Program, Ron Sherron (Bureau of Indian Affairs)
    This presentation explains Arizona's Enhanced Smoke Management Program, the reasons for its development, and offers an overview of the rules and procedures associated with the program. The presentation describes the success of this program as an example which other areas may choose to follow. (27 min.)

    Continually changing air quality regulations will impact managers' abilities to use fire as a management tool. States and local agencies that regulate wildland fire will be developing new rules and policies whether or not wildland fire managers are at the table. These challenges can be addressed when fire managers are knowledgeable of the impact of their emissions, and can participate effectively with the public and air regulatory agencies in the development of smoke management approaches to air quality regulations.