SRFSN E-Newsletter: Issue 27
February 20, 2015
Welcome to the new Southern Rockies Fire Science E-News!
Cleaner, easier, and full of regional fire info for your research or work.
Person-to-Person Events
(Workshops, conferences, field trips, & other in-person events)

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: High Park Fire Community Forums
What: A series of six public forums, each focusing on a different aspect of the High Park Fire and its aftermath. Open to the public and free of charge. Aired on Fort Collins City Cable 14, also posted to FCMoD website for viewing.
Where: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins, CO
When: Monthly from March - June 2015
Contact: Info, registration and to view previous forums here

Prescribed Fire Training Exchange: Niobrara River Valley TREX (Ainsworth, Nebraska)
What: Training to integrate a diverse group of fire practitioners, and provide experiential learning while burning on The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services lands.
Where: Niobrara Valley Preserve near Ainsworth, NE
When: March 14-19, 2015
Contact: The application deadline has passed. More info here

Wildland Urban Interface Conference - IAFC
What: In-depth education sessions on different hot topics within the Wildland community, such as: Fire Adapted Communities, Operations and Suppressions, and Wildland Fire Policy & Tools.
Where: Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV
When: March 24-26, 2015
Contact: Visit website and register here

Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners Spring Workshop
What: One-day workshop on how to life "fire safe" in the WUI.
Where: Camp Elim, North of Woodland Park, CO
When: March 27, 2015
Contact: Visit website and register here
Webinars and On-Line Learning

Fire & Climate History of the San Juan Mountains, CO: Integration of tree-ring and alluvial-sediment methods
: Erica Bigio of University of Arizona presents research on the historical fire regimes of the western San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Study sites provided a unique opportunity to sample tree-ring and alluvial-sediment records is the same area.
WHERE: Webinar
WHEN: February 25, 2015 at 12:00pm MST
CONTACT: Register here

NAFSE Webinar: Fire scars record the dynamics of ecosystem combustion in the Northeast 
: Dr. Richard Guyette of University of Missouri will discuss the application of an ecosystem combustion model derived from fire scar data to the prediction of fire probability in the Northeast.
WHERE: Webinar
WHEN: February 26 from 10:00am to 11:00am MST
CONTACT: Register here

Resilience and Regeneration after Wildfire in Dry Mixed-Conifer Forests of the US Northern Rockies
: Kerry Kemp, PhD Candidate at the University of Idaho, will present her research on the patterns of post-fire regeneration of tree species across gradients in elevation, latitude, aspect, and burn severity in dry-mixed conifer forests of the US Northern Rockies burned 5 to 13 years prior.
WHERE: Webinar
WHEN: February 26 from 11:00am to 12:00pm MST
CONTACT: Info and registration here

Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network: Community Wildfire Protection Plans Webinar Summary
: The FAC Learning Network recently held a webinar focusing on community wildfire protection plans. Presentation highlights and resources have been gathered into a webinar summary document.
WHERE: Online
CONTACT: Access webinar summary document here

SageSTEP recently released a new infographic on the expansion of Pinyon and Juniper trees in the Great Basin. It presents the problem of expansion in simple terms and lays out the strengths and weaknesses of Rx fires, tree cutting and tree shredding while providing brief information about landscapes responses to these treatments.

Publications, Videos, Tools and more....

Northwest Fire Science Consortium released "Drivers of Wildfire Suppression Costs," literature review and annotated bibliography by Autumn Ellison, Cassandra Moseley and R. Patrick Bixler, including appendix summarizing annotated literature, methods, and main findings.

Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network has created four quick guides about Increasing Watershed Resilience to Promote Fire Adapted Communities. Highlighting best practices, lessons learned, practitioner tips and recommendations.

National Fire Protection Association announced 
National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 2, 2015. State Farm is providing funding for sixty-five $500 awards to implement projects on May 2. Deadline is March 5.

Scant precipitation bodes ill for Utah's wildfire season. Experts hope the Climate Prediction Center is right, and state will see a wetter-than-average spring.

"Fiscal Year 2014 Wildland Fire Management Report" completed by the Forest Service and Department of the Interior last month. The report has all the FW2014 numbers you might want - spending, acres, and reports on performance measures - along with brief narratives on a wide range of subjects.

National Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils has issued a memo summarizing the EPA's proposed changes to ground-level ozone standards, and the implications for prescribed fire. Member councils are in a good position to contribute comments; the public comment period runs through March 17.

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