SRFSN E-Newsletter: Issue 42
April 27, 2016
LANDFIRE BpS Review Webinar, Online Rangeland Fire Discussions, Wood in WUI, & Fire-Starting Drones
(Events marked with an asterisk* = SRFSN participation or sponsorship)


 LANDFIRE BpS Review Webinar:
the Southern Rockies and You

May 10, 2016 at 12:00-1:00 MDT

Presenter Jim Smith, LANDFIRE Program Lead, will give a brief primer on Biophysical Settings (BpS), a review of the BpS website, and will show how/why descriptions and expert review are important in the Southern Rockies region. He will end by showing how you can become involved in this significant update.
Information and registration here. 

Rangeland Fire Management: Priority Science Needs
Would you like to offer your opinion regarding science needs for future management decisions?
You are invited to participate in a series of discussion sessions focused on
Fire & Invasives, Sagebrush, Sage-grouse & Climate, and Restoration.

Additional information can be found here! 

Person-to-Person Events
(Workshops, conferences, field trips, & other in-person events.)

*CO-WY Society of American Foresters 2016 Annual Meeting
Where: Gunnison, Colorado
When: May 12-14, 2016

ContactInformation and Registration

Southern Rockies LCC Adaptation Forum Workshop in the Four Corners
Where: Durango, Colorado
When: May 4-5, 2016

ContactInformation and Registration

*Wood Utilization in the WUI - CSFS Partners Workshop
Where: Colorado Springs, CO
When: June 20-22, 2016

ContactInformation and Registration

Wildland Fire Resource Advisor Training Course
Where: Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
When: June 1-2, 2016

Contact: LIsa Hanson ( or Information and Registration

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

Using Resilience and Resistance Concepts to Manage Threats to Sagebrush Ecosystems and Sage-Grouse
WHEN: April 29, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm MST
CONTACT: Webinar Information and Link

Big Sagebrush Ecocystem Response to Changing Climate and Disturbance
WHEN: May 3, 2016 from 10:00am-12:00pm MST
CONTACT: Webinar Information and Link

Sage-grouse Forb Preference by 12 Plant Categories
WHEN: May 5, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm MST
CONTACT: Webinar Information and Link

Sedimentation Impacts Under Climate Change (SIUCC) Virtual Course
WHEN: June 14-16, 2016 from 9:00am-4:00pm MST daily
CONTACT: Course Information and Link

Publications, Videos, Tools & more...

Publication: Results from Forest Fuels and Potential Fire Behavior 12 Years After Variable-Retention Harvest in Logdepole Pine illustrate trade-off between potential fire attributes that should be acknowledged in variable-retention harvesting.

Publication: Targeting Forest Management through Fire and Erosion Modeling found that soil erosion following wildfire was estimated to be reduced by 56% if areas most susceptible to fire and erosion were thinned.

Publication: Fighting Fire in the Heat of the Day: An Analysis of Operational and Environmental Conditions of Use for Large Airtankers in United States Fire Suppression shows that use of large airtankers is generally within guidelines for operational application and often outside of environmental guidelines suggestive of conditions conducive for most effective use.

Factsheet: Prescribed Fire Liability Factsheet: Standards of Care By State discusses the three different standards of care that have emerged for prescribed fire practitioners: strict liability, simple negligence, and gross negligence.

RMRS Science You Can Use Bulletin: Road Scholars for the Western States: Protecting Natural Areas by Improving Road Management Research describes two free tools that scientists at the Rocky Mountain Research Station helped create -- GRAIP (Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package) and GRAIP-Lite -- to help land managers make better decisions about road management in environmentally sensitive areas.

Poster: Improving Forest Resilience Local and Abroad: Spanish Language Controlled Fire Training Exchange (TREX) is based on the author's experience coordinating and leading Spanish language TREX in northern New Mexico. This poster won recognition for project originality at The Nature Conservancy's Science, Stewardship and Conservation Conference.

News Articles:

Fire-Starting Drone Tested at Homestead National Monument

Watch a video of a prescribed fire carried out by researchers from the University of Nebrasks-Lincoln NIMBUS (Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems) Lab!
Credit: Omaha World-Herald
Contact Us
Questions, comments, concerns, research?
Contact Gloria Edwards, Coordinator
(970) 491-2991

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