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Information available through the Emissions and Smoke Portal is the result of efforts from the NWCG Smoke Committee (SmoC), University of Idaho, and the Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES). SmoC has been invaluable in developing information to support interagency leadership, coordination, and integration of air resources and fire management objectives to support overall land management goals. This information is further built upon by the University of Idaho to reflect the latest science, and synthesized to be available and useful to multiple levels of agency personnel, researchers, and the public. All of this is hosted by FRAMES, which allows the content to be broadly available to the larger community of wildland fire professionals, and researchers. 

University of Idaho

Josh Hyde is the content manager for the Emissions and Smoke partner site. Josh works with federal, state, tribal, and academic subject matter experts to create educational resources and outreach materials focused on wildland fire emissions and fuels management.

Dr. Eva Strand is an Associate 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 succession and disturbance interaction, climate induced change, 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, fire behavior and effects, biogeochemical cycling, and landscape structure. Her recent projects include: Long-term monitoring of semi-arid aspen woodlands; Fuel treatment effectiveness in sagebrush steppe, juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forest; Assessment of wildfire severity on plant communities in juniper woodlands, mixed conifer forest, and black spruce forest; and the effects of livestock 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 successional dynamics in aspen and juniper woodlands from the University of Idaho. Dr. Strand teaches courses in Landscape Ecology and Rangeland Ecology at the University of Idaho in the classroom and online.

Dr. Alistair M.S. Smith is a Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences in the College of Science at the University of Idaho. Prof. Smith is also the Editor-in-Chief of Fire.

Smoke Committee

NWCG Smoke Committee: The NWCG Smoke Committee (SmoC), chaired by Peter Lahm (USFS), provides national leadership in smoke and air resource management pertinent to wildland fire management. The SmoC develops and disseminates strategies and guidance to help member agencies and partners effectively, efficiently, and consistently manage smoke within their fire and fuels programs. The SmoC provides a forum for air resource and wildland fire management leaders to address technical, regulatory and policy issues related to planned and unplanned fire emissions and air quality impacts on firefighter and public safety and health.

Visit the NWCG SmoC Roster page for a full listing of current members.