SRFSN E-Newsletter: Issue 34
October 15, 2015
Fall Hot Topics: "How We Fight Wildfires,"
Woody Plant Encroachment,
& JFSP Funding Opportunities!

(Events marked with an asterisk = SRFSN participation or sponsorship)

Colorado Wildland Fire Conference 2015
A Great Success!

CWFC was held in Snowmass, CO from September 24-26 and was well-attended by land managers, realtors, researchers, and municipal representatives. Look forward to a special issue E-News from SRFSN outlining PowerPoint links and presentations, interviews, photos and more!

JFSP Funding Opportunity Notices!

There's still time to apply for Joint Fire Science Program funding! Read these quick Top 10 Reminders before applying for funding. Some grant topics available are:

  • Implications of changing ecosystems in selected regions
  • Social and regulatory barriers and facilitators to implementing prescribed fires
  • Effects of fire on tree mortality
  • Post-fire landscape management
  • Southern Fire Exchange Prescribed fire smoke emissions

To view and apply for FONs, click here or visit the JFSP Website!

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

10th Annual Restoring the West Conference: Fire and Restoration in the Interior West
What: Humans have used fire to manage forest vegetation for a long time. However, relatively recent changes in fire regimes have presented challenges for people tasked with managing these dynamic ecological systems. Climate change, drought, increasing fuel loads and disease-stricken trees have many researchers considering the role of fire as a tool for restoration. This conference will bring together leading experts, land managers, and scientists for a two-day discussion on this timely topic.
Where: Eccles Conference Center, Logan, UT
When: October 28-29, 2015
ContactInformation and Registration

Forest Health Task Force Meetings: How to Protect Our Neighborhoods Against Wildfire
What: The Forest Health Task Force is expanding their defensible space conversation to talk about what the public can do to make their neighborhoods and communities more resistant against wildfire. Everyone is welcome! Lunch is provided.
Where: Mount Royal Room, County Commons, 0037 Peak One Drive, Frisco
When: Meetings are held at 12:00pm for the following dates: October 21 and November 18

Contact: More information

*6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Advancing Ecology in Fire Management
What: The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) invites you to the 6th International Fire Congress - one of the largest, most comprehensive meetings on the research and management of wildland fire held anywhere in the world. This conference will discuss the challenge to continue bridging the ecology of fire with fire management, and facilitate more collaboration among researchers, educators, and managers.
Where: San Antonio, TX
When: November 16-20, 2015

ContactInformation 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

New U.S. Forest Service Webpage!
WHAT: Check out the new webpage: Forest Restoration Research, highlighting recent publications and includes information about management tools that support restoration. 

U.S. Forest Service: Restoring Composition and Structure in Southwestern Frequent-Fire Forests
WHAT: A 6-episode series on YouTube that touches on key concepts and application of the science within the management framework.

Learn at Lunch Webinar: Aspen Response to Drought and Climate in the 21st Century
WHAT: Dr. William Anderegg from the University of Utah will give an overview of current knowledge about drought stress on aspen physiology and mortality, and what this means for the future of aspen forests in a changing climate.
WHEN: October 20, 2015 from at 12:00pm MT 
CONTACT: Webinar Information and Link

Juniper Encroachment as a Public Health Issue
WHAT: Estelle Levetin will present a webinar discussing pollen allergenicity, Juniper pollen levels, pollen transport, pollen health impacts, and Juniper biology.
WHEN: December 8, 2015 from 1:30-2:30pm MT (No Registration Required)
CONTACT: Webinar Information and Link

How do you Fight a Wildfire?
A wildfire can burn more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and its flames can reach more than 50 meters high.

Wildfires can create their own weather systems. On the ground, the average wildfire moves twice as fast as the average person can run.

"How do wildland firefighters tame such an inferno?"

Watch the short video "How We Fight Wildfires" and access the info-graphic "How do you fight a Wildfire?" to learn more, or use this in your wildfire education outreach.
Publications, Videos, Tools and more....

Research Summary by Great Plains Fire Science Exchange: "Where people move, woody plants follow" is a summary of groundbreaking research describing trends in woody plant encroachment that relate to human populations.

Webinar Recording: "What's going on in Glade Soil: Effects of Edge and Fire on Mycorrhizae." Learn about research relating fire, glades, and plant productivity and diversity to mycorrhizae through this webinar recording!

National Geographic Article: "How Megafires Are Remaking American Forests" discusses the effects of superfires on bird habitat and tree mortality, and how these intense burns are turning forests into open range.

New U.S. Forest Service Report on rising costs of fighting fires: "The Rising Costs of Wildfire Operations" estimates that within a decade, the agency will spend more than two-thirds of its budget to battle ever-increasing fires, while mission-critical programs that can help prevent fires will continue to suffer.

Journal Publication on the influence of climate on global wildfire activity: "Climate-induced Variations in Global Wildfire Danger from 1979-2013" discusses if recent fire weather changes are coupled with ignition sources and available fuel, they could markedly impact global ecosystems, societies, economies and climate.

National Geographic: Smoke lifts over the Bogus Creek Fire, one of two wildfires in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska.

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

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