The incidence and degree of stand disturbance (that is, from fre, insects, and disease) are driving excess tree mortality in the Western United States. Hot and dry conditions associated with drought have stressed forests over a wide geographic area,...
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Postfire rehabilitation refers to the emergency measures taken to mitigate potentially deleterious effects that can occur immediately after a wildfire. Postfire restoration generally refers to the long-term efforts to restore habitat quality, resilience, and productivity, including activities such as tree planting, noxious weed control, fuel reduction, and riparian restoration.
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Fire season has arrived on the Ponderosa Pine National Forest, but this year is different. After working with the Wildfire Risk Management Team at RMRS, they understand risks better. They use detailed data and analysis to complement years of experience...
Modern wildland fire management effectively began in the aftermath of the Great Fires of 1910. The Big Blowup traumatized the fledgling Forest Service and its Chiefs for decades. One of the aftershocks, the 1911 Weeks Act, established the basis for a...
Montane regions throughout western North America have experienced increases in forest canopy closure and forest encroachment into grasslands over the past century; this has been attributed to climate change and fire suppression/exclusion. These changes...
Smouldering fire vulnerability in organic-rich, wetland soils is regulated by hydrologic regimes over short (by antecedent wetness) and long (through influences on soil properties) timescales. An integrative understanding of these controls is needed to...
Larger and more frequent disturbances are motivating efforts to accelerate recovery of foundational perennial species by focusing efforts into establishing island patches to sustain keystone species and facilitate recovery of the surrounding plant...
Deforestation in the tropics is often followed by the creation of anthropogenic savannas used for animal husbandry. By discontinuing burning regimes, forests may recolonize the savanna and carbon stocks may recover. However, little is known about the...
Across the world, millions of hectares of forest are burned by wildfires each year. Satellite remote sensing, particularly when used in time series, can describe complex disturbance‐recovery processes, but is underutilized by ecologists. This study...
Understanding post-fire regeneration dynamics is an important task for assessing the resilience of forests and to adequately guide post-disturbance management. The main goal of this research was to compare the ability of different Landsat-derived...
Prescribed burning has been recently readopted as a management practice in the Central Pyrenees (NE-Spain) to stop shrub encroachment processes and recover pasturelands. The immediate effects of prescribed burning on soil C stocks and related...
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) has released its 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs):
The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) announcement FA-FOA0019-001 has one task statement. Proposals must address one or more of the following topic areas:
- Fuels management and fire behavior
- Emissions and air quality
- Fire effects and post-fire recovery
- Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire
- Human dimensions of fire
The primary announcement FA-FOA0019-002 has two task statements:
- Effectiveness of fuel breaks and fuel break systems
- Reducing damages and losses to valued resources from wildfire
The Regional Fire Science Exchange announcement FA-FOA0019-003 has one task statement focused on leading and executing a regional fire science exchange in the following two regions:
- Great Plains
- Southern Rockies
The NC Coastal Burn Crew Manager participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:
- Participates in prescribed fire and wildfire activities, which may include: burn unit prep, fire operations, managing staff and volunteers, maintenance of equipment and supplies, mop up, and monitoring.
- Participates in and manages restoration projects including thinning, planting, and other projects
- Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.
The NC Coastal Burn Crew Manager may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the Coastal Plain with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing is provided to fire crew staff.
The Land Management Tech (Technican) will work in the Agassiz Beach Ridges Landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota) as part of a crew managing prairie tracts and restorations as well as being responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves in this landscape. The Technician must use safety equipment and must maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Technician duties will include vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, hand collecting native prairie seed, firebreak installation, boundary posting, fencing and assist with controlled burns. This position requires irregular hours and long days. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This is a seasonal position from June 10 to August 9, 2019).
The Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow for the Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) was initiated in recognition that managing and conserving natural resources requires collaboration among diverse sets of stakeholders, including individuals from underrepresented groups and cultures. The purpose of this program is to help train individuals to meet the unique challenges of managing and conserving these valuable resources. The Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, WCNR will be supported to conduct research aligned with their interests (50%) and will teach two classes per year that align with their interests (40%). In addition to the annual salary provided for this position, the successful applicant will receive a start-up package to develop their research and enhance their training to become a leader in collaborating and training students to work across a diverse set of stakeholders.
The successful candidate will be expected to pursue research to enable productivity allowing the postdoc to be competitive for a tenure-track faculty position at a research university at the end of the two-year position. The successful candidate will be required to pursue a research program at the intersection of natural resources and minority, underserved, or underrepresented populations or cultures in the United States. Strong preference will be given to individuals working at the interface of Native American issues and natural resources.
The successful candidate will also help teach a fundamental course in the college and develop and teach an additional (new) course. For Fall semester 2019 the postdoc will be assigned co-teaching responsibility for NR120, Introduction to Environmental Conservation. Fall semester 2020 the postdoc will either co-teach the course again or teach the course independently, depending on the success of the co-teaching arrangement in year 1 and the goals and desires of the lead instructor and of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow. In the Spring semester, the Fellow will teach a new class aligned with their scholarly expertise and interests. Potential courses of interest include topics such as “Native American Culture and Nature,” “Ecological Management on Tribal Lands,” “Environmental Justice and Underserved Populations,” “People, Place, and Natural Resources – Multicultural Perspectives,” “Impacts of Climate Change on Underserved Communities,” “Inclusion and Retention Underserved Populations in STEM and Natural Resources,” and others. The Fellow will be charged with building the framework for the course early Fall semester 2019 so that it can be presented as a special topics course in the Spring 2019 and 2020 semesters.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will not have formal service responsibilities but will be given the opportunity to engage in high impact service efforts if beneficial for them. If interested, the postdoc will have the opportunity to engage with the development of a new minor in Multicultural Perspectives of Natural Resources, targeted recruitment of Native American students or those of other underrepresented groups, participation on the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, or other service opportunities.
The position will be housed in one of the five academic departments in Warner College, with final departmental assignment based on disciplinary interests and background of the candidate.
The position has funding for two years.
The University of Washington’s Forest Resilience Lab seeks to hire 1 Crew Leader and 3 Field Technicians for the summer of 2019 to work in the Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington. Work will include:
- Measuring and mapping of restoration-oriented forest management practices.
- Spatial pattern mapping of recently thinned stands.
- Collect inventory data for restoration prescriptions and monitoring.
The Seasonal Preserve Assistants are responsible for invasive species control, native wetland species plantings, tree plantation maintenance, and monitoring of native plants and animals. Work will require the use and maintenance of chainsaws, brush cutters, sprayers, herbicides, and other equipment. This position requires strenuous field work in a variety of environmental conditions, including routinely lifting and hiking/walking carrying 25+ pounds of equipment. A significant amount of time will focus on identifying and treating invasive species. Participation in controlled burning is possible if the applicant is professionally qualified and there will be opportunities to travel to other regions of the state to work on a variety of projects with other teams.
The Southern IN Land Stewardship Assistant will assist with preserve management plans on sites throughout southern Indiana. They will remove exotic species and/or monitor and research species; assist with prescribe fire as a management tool; install signs, gates, and boundary markers; use power equipment to maintain roads, fire lines, trails, and ecological integrity of preserves; maintain tools and equipment; operate off road vehicles (e.g. ATV), company vehicle, heavy machinery; and open and close preserves to the visiting public.
Position Overview: Serves as the agency’s lead expert on prescribed fire – use, application and implementation. The primary purpose of the position will be to provide leadership in the use and applicability of prescribed fire in Washington, develop a prescribed fire program within the agency and develop a prescribed burn certification program for those who practice prescribed burning in the State of Washington (see RCW 76.04.183). This position serves as a mid-level manager providing oversight and program advocacy for the appropriate use of prescribed fire as well as long-term growth and viability of the program.
The position will provide support for the successful operational use of prescribed fire in helping to achieve the goals of the agency’s 20-year Forest Health Strategic Plan for Eastern Washington (https://www.dnr.wa.gov/ForestHealthPlan). Additionally, the position will be expected to collaborate with other prescribed fire experts within the region and regularly report on the use, application, implementation and effects of prescribed fire in Washington with an emphasis in forested ecosystems.
Required Education & Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in fire science, fire ecology, forestry, other applicable field.
• Minimum 10 years of experience as a wildland firefighter with experience in PNW or similar fuel types and use of prescribed fire.
• Knowledge of forest & fire ecology in the PNW or similar ecosystems and successful management strategies to address those issues.
• Demonstrated successful experience with fuels & vegetation management, fire management, and prescribed fire plans.
• Proven skills in the development and/or implementation of a similar program at the local, state or federal level.
• Prescribed fire and fuels management - experience in activities such as:
o Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; fuel loading assessments)
o Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods
o Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans
o Conducting surveys before and after prescribed fires to determine attainment of resource objectives
• One year of experience in successfully administering contracts, interagency agreements, grants, or other partnership agreements.
• Currently qualified as NWCG RXB2 or higher OR RXM2 or higher.
Working Conditions & Special Position Requirements:
• Travel is required including overnight travel – lodging/meals covered.
• Must have valid Washington driver’s license; this position requires driving as an essential function. Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid driver’s license as defined in agency policy
• Use/application of prescribed fire which will require ability to navigate on foot varying & diverse terrain; ability to work in smoke filled environment.
The sagebrush sea is a unique ecosystem, once spanning more than 500,000 square miles across North America. This sagebrush-steppe ecosystem is the landscape of open spaces and large ranches, home to over 350 species including the iconic sage-grouse, the lifeblood of rural communities, and epitomizes the west – our heritage, livelihoods, recreation, and identity.
However, this ecosystem is being threatened at a pace and scale virtually unparalleled in North America. We have already lost 50% of the sagebrush ecosystem and are currently losing this important ecosystem at a rate of approximately 1 million acres per year due to conversion, over grazing, drought, energy development, fire, and invasive species.
Given the importance of this ecosystem and over 40+ years of investment by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in protecting this ecosystem through acquisition, easements, and policy initiatives, it is a priority for the Conservancy to marshal our resources toward protecting and restoring this critical landscape.
In 2017 key states from the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Divisions came together and collectively identified an ambitious goal for the sagebrush ecosystem: By 2030, reverse negative trends in sagebrush habitat conditions and loss, and stop declines in Greater-Sage Grouse populations, while sustaining rural economies of affected communities and building a constituency for collaborative conservation.
To lead the work towards achieving this goal, the Conservancy seeks a Program Director for the Sagebrush Sea Program (“the Program”), who is responsible for developing and leading a portfolio of strategies across the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Divisions, including efforts in policy, mitigation, and restoration.
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
Prairie historically covered one-third of the state of Minnesota, and has been a topic of previous symposia. This year, the geographical range is being broadened to prairies and grasslands across the lower 48 states. This will provide an opportunity to...
Sponsored by: Lake States Fire Science Consortium
1. Seasonal Burning to Improve Management for Brushland-Dependent Species
Experts warn that year-round fire season is the new normal. Wildfire is no longer “if” it will occur, but rather “when.”
Wildfires burned 9,781,062 acres in the United States in 2017. The impacts of a wildfire last long after the flames are...
The Forest Stewards Guild, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and University of the South invite you to learn how to restore native habitat and promote wildlife species through the application of controlled fire in your woodland.
The event will...
Please join this gathering of habitat restoration experts to contribute and learn from partners on how best to apply state-of-the-art restoration lessons and approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to share the science, art, and passion of...
This year’s meeting theme is Cultivating Innovative Restoration Connections in the Midwest. The primary meeting goal is to explore how to foster the development of innovative restoration connections ecologically, culturally, and professionally to...
The Eleventh Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will be held at Central College in Pella, Iowa from April 12 to April 14, 2019. This year’s meeting theme is Cultivating Innovative...
Researchers investigated the influence of brush cutting and prescribed fire on soil heating levels relevant to restoration goals. Preliminary results support a growing body of evidence that high subsurface moisture and low soil temperatures of late...
College Range and Ag Clubs provide a great conduit to explore career opportunities in the rangeland science field and to begin meeting those who work in this field. At EOARC we conduct extensive rangeland research that becomes 'science managers can use...
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...
On the shores of the Ocean State, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge provides the perfect classroom for learning about ecological management in the USFWS Refuge System. Fieldtrip participants will learn about pitch pine forest management in the WUI,...
Course Objective: Understand what restoration is and the concepts and practices that support it. Be able to distinguish among and select the appropriate approaches to restore disturbed sagebrush ecosystems at both the landscape and...
The Forest Stewards Guild and Berea College invite you to learn how to restore native habitat and promote wildlife species through the application of controlled fire in your woodland.
The event will include presentations and a tour, including an...
This year we will be commemorating the passage of 20 biennial meetings and 40-years of southern silvicultural research history. Initiated in 1980, The Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference provides a forum for scientists and...
In conjunction with the Wisconsin Wetland Association's annual Wetland Science Conference, Wisconsin's fire science networks are collaborating to convene an ad hoc working group.
Do you use fire as a management tool in your work with wetlands?...
The SageSuccess Project, a joint effort between the USGS, BLM, and USFWS, examines factors contributing to the establishment of big sagebrush. This second webinar addresses soils, climate and demography, and to plant or seed. It includes three 10-...
The SageSuccess Project is a joint effort between the USGS, BLM, and USFWS to examine the factors that contribute to the establishment of big sagebrush. This first webinar will address the project overview, sagebrush restoration, and implications for...
The Utah Community-based Conservation Program has committed to host the 2019 Utah All Lands-All Hands Summit. The last Summit, known as the Utah Sage-grouse Summit was last held February 2014. Between then and now, the partners have hosted the...
This annual wildland fire workshop is designed to enable land managers, researchers, resource specialists, biologists, ecologists and fire practitioners an opportunity to hear and learn from different areas of expertise in a format designed to identify...
Modifies the Washington clean air act. Requires the department of natural resources to develop policies that allow outdoor burning for the protection of life or property, and for the public health, safety, and welfare. Addresses a plan of the...