SRFSN E-Newsletter: Issue 37
January 27, 2016
New HotSpots: Colorado Wildfire Mitigation Contractors & Post-Fire Fisheries Study. Plus, 2015 National Rx Fire Report & More!
(Events marked with an asterisk = SRFSN participation or sponsorship)

SRFSN HotSpots!

Characteristics of Colorado's Forestry Contractors

Damon Vaughan discusses his research for the Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program of the State Forest, which provides an analysis of Colorado's forest harvesting industry and several of the barriers that contractors currently face throughout the state.

West Fork Fire Fisheries Study
The West Fork Fire did obvious damage to the land, but what did it do to the wildlife, specifically, the fish? In this short video, Ashley Rust describes the impact of the West Fork Fire on water quality and ecosystem health in the Upper Rio Grande.

Job Announcement!
West Region Wildfire Council
Mitigation & Education Coordinator

The West Region Wildfire Council is a regional wildfire organization that promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education across Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties in Colorado.

Mitigation and Education Coordinators are responsible for implementing WRWC's wildfire education and fuels reduction program across the region. Coordinators act as regional liaisons between federal, state, county and local representatives to encourage information exchange while strengthening collaborative partnerships between agencies and communities.

WRWC Mitigation and Education Coordinator Job Announcement.

The application deadline is February 8, 2016 at 5:00pm!
Questions can be directed to Lilia Falk, WRWC Director, by calling (970) 615-7300.

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

Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation: All Lands, All Hands
What: Conference co-sponsored by the Great Basin Consortium, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Utah State University sharing the latest information and plan for the conservation, restoration, and maintenance of resilient sagebrush ecosystems.
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
When: February 23-26, 2016

ContactInformation and Registration

International Association of Fire Chiefs WUI Conference 2016
What: The IAFC's Wildland-Urban Interface Conference offers a hands-on training and interactive sessions designed to address the challenges of wildland fire. If you are one of the many people responsible for protecting local forests or educating landowners and your community about the importance of land management, then this conference is for you.
Where: Reno, Nevada
When: March 8-10, 2016

ContactInformation and Registration

New Mexico Wildland Urban Interface Summit 2016
What: The WUI Summit focuses on topics that teach local leaders, emergency responders, businesses, and citizens the science behind forest fires and what each player's role is in mitigating risk of forest fires in the wildland urban interface. 
Where: Silver City, New Mexico
When: March 31-April 2, 2016

ContactInformation and Registration

5th International Fire Behavior & Fuels Conference - Wicked Problem, New Solutions: Out Fire, Our Problem
What: An educational/engaging conference that will advance the knowledge and practice of fire behavior and fuels management in the field of Wildland Fire, supporting sound choices in fire management.
*The conference will be held concurrently in Portland & Melbourne, Australia.
Where: Portland, Oregon
When: April 11-15, 2016

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

Demystifying LANDFIRE's Biophysical Settings Descriptions and Models and Tentative Date
WHAT: Kori Blankenship, a fire ecologist with The Nature Conservancy's LANDFIRE team, will explain what BpS descriptions and models are, how they are used, why they are important, and how you can help improve the science behind them.
WHEN: February 2, 2016 from 1:00-2:00pm MST
CONTACT: Webinar Information and Link

Selection of Genetically Appropriate Plant Materials for Increase
WHAT: Holly Prendeville, Research Geneticist, USFS PNW, will explain provisional and empirical seed zones and discuss tools available that allow us to use seed zones to select genetically appropriate plant materials for restoration.
WHEN: February 4, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm MST
CONTACT: Webinar Information and Link

Producing Native Plant Materials for Restoration: 10 Rules to Collect and Maintain Genetic Diversity
WHAT: The Andrea Kramer, Conservation Scientist, will describe each potential production step where genetic diversity can be lost during the native plant materials production process and outline 10 rules to assist in the collection and production of native plant material for restoration.
WHEN: February 8, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm MST
CONTACTWebinar Information and Link

Sage Grouse Initiative Science to Solutions: Grazing & Sagebrush Treatments

The new report "Grazing and Sagebrush Treatments: A 25-year Case Study in Utah" shows that sustainable grazing practices and sagebrush treatments enhanced herbaceous understory for sage grouse in years with average winters, but that bird populations declined following severe winters.

These findings can help conservationists working to achieve self-sustaining sagebrush ecosystems capable of supporting sagebrush-dependent wildlife. This report illustrates the delicate balance needed when conducting sagebrush treatments in sage grouse habitat.


New Report: The "2015 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report" outlines national and regional prescribed fire activity, state prescribes fire programs, and identifies impediments limiting the use of prescribed fire and the results include all federal, state, and private prescribed fires that occurred in 2014.

New Publication: "Insights from Wildfire Science: A Resource for Fire Policy Discussions" highlights key science insights that can contribute to public discourse on wildfire policy and associated management of forests, woodlands, and shrublands. 
*You can also access the publication and a thorough summary here!

2016 Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations: States, references, or supplements policy and provides program direction for BLM, USFS, USFWS, and NPS fire and fire aviation program management. 

New Publication: news article discusses findings from the new publication "Native American depopulation, reforestation, and fire regimes in the Southwest United States, 1492–1900 CE" which explains how forest fires were being managed by Native people living in the Southwest and that forest fires began to escalate as native populations declined.

New USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station Website: Visit the redesigned site and use its powerful search & browse functionality and easy-to-use navigation! The new site site will help you better connect with RMRS online to learn more about their research, employees, and how their science supports your natural resource work.

Photo Credit: Australian Broadcast Commission

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Contact Gloria Edwards, Coordinator
(970) 491-2991

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