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The National Interagency Fuels Technology Transfer (NIFTT) was originally chartered in 2005 by the National Interagency Fuels Coordination (NIFCG) Group (now called the National Interagency Fuels Management Committee) to "coordinate, develop, and transfer consistent, efficient, and science-based fuel and fire ecology technology." Initially, the NIFTT Team focused their efforts on implementing and improving the Interagency FRCC Guidebook, developing and implementing a training program for application of assessment tools and techniques using LANDFIRE data to achieve National Fire Plan objectives. From 2005 through 2011 the tools, user documentation, accompanying Online Courses and Training materials that you see offered were developed from these original objectives and many of the goals of the program have been met. 

In 2009 the University of Idaho assumed administration of NIFTT. UI staff and the infrastructure of the FRAMES Program benefited NIFTT by 1) hosting websites which were under NIFTT's purview; 2) providing secure logged in space for staff and stakeholders of NIFTT to collaborate on tool and training development; 3) providing staff and tools for registering, managing, and delivering online training courses; 4) providing expertise in the development of online training courses.

In 2011 NIFTT became a component of the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development, and Application program (WFM RD&A).  The primary mission to "coordinatedevelop, and transfer consistent, efficient, and science-based fuel and fire ecology technology" is still relevant under the Fuels and Fire Ecology portion of the WFMRD&A. As web-based applications and mobile technologies begin to dominate our workstations, the WFMRD&A Fuels and Fire Ecology team will continue to integrate, develop and revolutionize the excellent work that has already been completed since NIFTT's inception. Expect to see integration of current tools into online applications, state-of-the-art training materials, videos and dynamic learning experiences. The partnership with the University of Idaho provides unique opportunities for distance learning and the expertise of staff skilled in instructional design and fire management education and training. 

The WFMRD&A Fuels and Fire Ecology program is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, Fire & Aviation Management office with additional funding provided by the National Interagency Fuels Management Committee and LANDFIRE.  

Our partners include the University of Idaho, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Fire Modeling Institute (FMI).

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Eva_Strand.jpg Eva Strand, Principal Investigator

Eva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho. Her research interests focus on quantifying landscape change occurring on a variety of spatial and temporal scales, including global change, succession, disturbance events, invasive species, and change induced by humans.  To study landscapes through space and time she uses geospatial tools such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and image interpretation, GPS, and landscape scale modeling. Strand is particularly interested in the interaction between the landscape mosaic and ecological processes including the effects on plant communities, wildlife habitat, disturbance regimes, fire behavior and effects, biogeochemical cycling, and landscape structure.  Some of her recent projects include: Landscape scale modeling of the past and future distribution of western aspen and juniper woodlands; quantifying the affects of juniper expansion on the global carbon budget; fine scale mapping of fuels along a sagebrush-woodland gradient; researching effects of pre-fire vegetation structure, fuels, and burn severity on successional trajectories; and modeling the effects of grazing on fuels and fire behavior in western rangelands. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden, an MS in Chemical Engineering-Systems Analysis, and a PhD focusing on quantitative fire regime modeling from the University of Idaho.  Dr. Strand teaches courses in geospatial applications in natural resources and fire science.
Gina_Wilson.jpg Gina Wilson, Web Developer / Online Course Manager

Gina is originally from Boise, Idaho. She spent 5 years with the USFS in Fire and Silviculture on the Boise National Forest before she eventually journeyed to the beautiful Palouse area and the University of Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho with background in GIS/Remote Sensing and Forestry. Gina previously worked for INSIDE Idaho as a cartographer and spent 15 years as a GIS Analyst for the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit at University of Idaho. For the past 6 years, she has been working as a Web Developer on the WFMRDA-FFE (formerly NIFTT), FRCC and FRAMES websites and recently added developing online course delivery for the fire community through the FRAMES Online Course System. Gina and her husband have three children and enjoy spending their extra time fishing the waters of Idaho.
Josh_Hyde.jpg Josh Hyde, Technology Transfer Specialist and Coordinator for the Emissions and Smoke Program

Josh works with the Wildland Fire Research and Development Group to develop and review online learning content, review geospatial fuels management tools, and research the subject of fuel loading. He also works closely with the NWCG Smoke Committee and FRAMES developing outreach materials on smoke and air quality issues, performing training assessments, and coordinating smoke outreach efforts. His background includes a BSc in Rangeland Ecology and MSc in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho.  Josh works for the University of Idaho as an Instructional Associate and Program Coordinator and is stationed out of the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory in Seattle WA.
John_Black.jpg John Black, Graphics and Interface Design

After graduating in architecture and working in hydrology at the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, John became aware of the possible consequences of science leaving the public behind and started working toward creating understandable and engaging scientific information and graphics. He decided that each branch of science needed an equivalent of Smokey the Bear and Carl Sagan. He enjoys working in any number of media arts and three dimensional environments which combine technology and art. His wife calls him ‘bike boy’.