SRFSN E-Newsletter: Issue 29
April 14, 2015
Get ready for the coming 2015 fire season: sage grouse, prescribed fire, and fire ecology!
Person-to-Person Events
(Workshops, conferences, field trips, & other in-person events.
Events marked with an asterisk = SRFSN participation or sponsorship)

13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference: Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves: Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire
What: Joint conference that provides participants with an opportunity to present, discuss, and learn about the latest research findings, management innovations, and best practices in the US and elsewhere regarding the social aspects of fire management.
Where: Boise Centre, Boise, ID
When: April 20-24, 2015
ContactVisit website and register, follow on Twitter: @FireEcologyInst , #FireEcologyInstitute2015 , and Facebook

*Joint Annual Meeting: Partners Working For Thriving Forests
What: The 2015 CTIA Joint Annual Meeting with Society of American Foresters and Colorado Tree Farmers Association will provide workshops and educational sessions to discuss the need for partnerships to sustain healthy, working forests.
Where: Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, CO
When: May 7-9, 2015

Contact: Information and Registration

*Colorado Fire Ecology Institute
What: The only one of its kind nationwide: workshops for anyone in education or information sharing to gain knowledge, hands-on experience, and special field trips and studies experience about fire and forest ecology. 
When and Where: First session: Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, June 7-12, 2015
Second session: The Nature Place, Florissant, CO July 6-12, 2015

Contact: Website and Registration 

*Colorado Wildland Fire Conference: Creating Fire Adapted Communities
What: gathering designed to provide a framework for becoming a Fire Adapted Community. Anyone wishing to learn more about how they can impact their community's vulnerability to wildfire is welcome to attend. (Co-sponsored by Southern Rockies Fire Science Network)
Where: Viceroy Snowmass, Snowmass Village, CO
When: September 24-26, 2015
Contact: Visit website

US Drought Monitor is a weekly map of drought conditions that is based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions, as well as reported impacts and observations from over 350 contributors across the country.

Webinars and On-Line Learning

Effects of Climate Variability and Accelerated Forest Thinning on Watershed-scale Runoff in Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Forests
: The need to understand how management practices can enhance forest resilience and functioning under unprecedented scales of drought and wildfire.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:00pm MDT
CONTACTMore information and Registration

Ten Years of Post-Fire Treatment Monitoring - Learning About Soil and Vegetation Recovery
: The results of post-fire treatment effects on native plant recovery, weed movements, and erosion control following the 2005 School Fire in Umatilla National Forest, Washington.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 12:00pm MDT
CONTACTMore information and Registration

Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests
: Summary of current understanding and prediction of several different aspects of crown fire behavior, and solutions for increasing knowledge from a practical operational standpoint.
WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 1:00pm MDT
CONTACTMore information and Registration

Publications, Videos, Tools and more....

Wildfire Mitigation Law in the Mountain States of the American West: A Comparative Assessment. A white paper compiled by Law of All-Hazards Management class at University of Colorado - Denver. Llyod Burton, Professor, July 2013

Secretarial Order 3336 - The Initial Report: A Strategic Plan for Addressing Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration in 2015. The report outlines immediate actions to address the threat of rangeland fire in the Great Basin region, prior to the onset of the 2015 Western wildfire season.

Fire and Fuels Management Contributions to Sage-Grouse Conservation. A status report that summarizes the current state of Fire Operations and Fuels management functions for sagebrush and sage-grouse.

Increasing Forest Resistance to Drought Using Prescribed Fire. The first large-scale assessment of prescribed fire as a management tool to increase forest resistance to severe drought through measurements of tree mortality with tree-ring indices of tree health.

The Fire Next Time: 13-minute film that examines how problematic policies, fuel build-up, and climate change converged to push a Sierra Nevada forest to a tipping point that resulted in the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park.

The Loveland Hemp Company LLC continues successful construction of a
potentially fire-resistance house made of "hempcrete" in the High Park Fire burn areas.

Cartoon credit: Scott Hilburn, Universal Uclick via

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Questions, comments, concerns, research?
Contact Gloria Edwards, Coordinator
(970) 491-2991

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