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Fuel treatments and management
Date: June 29th, 2011
Presenter: Alexander Evans, Research Director, Forest Guild
Dr. Zander Evans, the Research Director of the Forest Guild, presents on his Joint Fire Sciences Program-funded report on fuels treatment practices. The report focuses on the mixed conifer ecosystems of California, the central and southern Rockies, and the Southwest. The first half of his presentation reviews the historic conditions, past land use, natural fire regimes, impacts of altered fire regimes, and future prospects (given climate change) of mixed conifer forests. The second half of the presentation addresses fuels treatment objectives, techniques, barriers, and successes across a range of ownerships, and draws on the experiences of 75 interviewed managers and experts who work in mixed conferecosystems.
October 6th, 2011 Brandon M. Collins, US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
Brandon Collins examines the effectiveness of planned and completed on-the-ground fuel treatments at reducing extreme fire behavior at multiple sites in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Collins also covers some of the limitations and common difficulties encountered modeling fires at the landscape scale.
Date: October 27th, 2011
Presenter: Malcolm North, US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences
Malcolm North covers the background and motivation for creating the USFS General Technical Report 220 before explaining the justifications and applications of the treatment guidelines included in the report.
Date: May 16th, 2012
Presenter: Hugh Safford, USDA Forest Service, Regional Ecologist, Pacific Southwest Region
Current and projected future trends in fire activity and climate suggest that fire frequency and area burned will increase in most of the world's Mediterranean-climate regions. A major focus of fire protection must be ante facto reduction of combustible fuels, but a major concern is the environmental and ecological impacts of such work. A general fire regime framework can be a useful lens through which to view the relationship between fuel reduction and ecological impact. Fuel reduction work in ecosystems typified by fire regimes characterized by frequent, low or moderate severity fires (e.g. yellow pine, mixed conifer) can be readily accomplished in a restorative framework. On the other hand, fuel reduction in ecosystems supporting "climate- or ignition-limited" fire regimes characterized by less frequent, high severity fires (chaparral, serotinous conifers, wet subalpine forests) is more likely to produce outcomes that are ecologically undesirable. In both fire regime types, successful integration of fuel reduction and ecological restoration requires a marriage between science and application, and strong collaborative frameworks that integrate public and private concerns, and ecological, social, and economic perspectives.
Date: April 23rd, 2013
Presenter: Malcolm North, US Forest Service PSW Research Station and UC Davis.
The current pace and scale of fuels treatment is a fraction of whats needed to effectively reduce fire hazard in California. With the Forest Service implementing a new planning rule and starting to revise plans for the 155 National Forests, new strategies need to be considered for fundamentally changing current approaches to fire. This talk suggests making much wider use of managed fire, discusses current obstacles to its use and examines some possible remedies.
Date: April 30th, 2013
Presenter: Connie Harrington, USFS PNW Research Station
This presentation covers oak recovery thresholds and oak response to conifer removal treatments. Dr. Harrington presents results from a 10-year study of Oregon white oak responses to restoration release treatments, information about tree growth under different restoration scenarios, and management implications.
Date: May 16th, 2013
Presenters: Nicole Vaillant, USFS-WWETAC; Erin Noonan-Wright USFS-Wildland Fire Management RDA; and Carol Ewell, Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team (AMSET).
The longevity of fuel treatment effectiveness to alter potential fire behavior is a critical question for managers preparing plans for fuel reduction, prescribed burning, fire management, and forest thinning. The presenters share findings from a region-wide fuel treatment effectiveness monitoring study that was initiated in 2001 across many National Forests in California, and include site specific data for pre-treatment and up to 10 years post-treatment in conifer dominated systems treated with either prescribed fire or mechanical methods. They present information pertaining to treatment effects on fuel loads, forest stand structure, and potential fire behavior over time.
Date: April 25th, 2012
Presenter: John Keane, USDA Forest Service, PSW Research Ecologist, Terrestrial Ecology Program
John Keane presents on his recent research investigating the effects of fuels treatments and wildfires on California spotted owls and their habitat. This research has been focused on assessing spotted owl responses as part of the Plumas-Lassen Study to monitor the effects of fuels treatments implemented under the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Act in the northern Sierra Nevada.
Date: May 9th, 2012
Presenter: Kip van de Water, USDA Forest Service, Fire Ecologist, Plumas National Forest
Fire history, stand structure, and fuel loads in adjacent riparian and upland forests were measured in the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades. Historic stand structure and fuel loads were then reconstructed using fire history and current stand data. Current and reconstructed riparian and upland forests were compared to determine if current conditions differ from historical conditions, and whether differential change has occurred in riparian vs. upland stands.
Date: October 20th, 2011
Presenter: Scott Stephens, Professor of Fire Sciences, UC Berkeley
Scott Stephens synthesizes his findings and experiences from his ten years of experience conducting research in the jeffrey pine-dominated mixed conifer forests of Sierra San Pedro Martir. These forests, which did not experience fire suppression until 1970, exhibit a startling amount of resiliency to fire, drought, and other disturbance events. In this webinar, Professor Stephens describes the characterictics of this unique forest and examines the factors which make it so resilient.
Date: October 30th, 2012
Presenter: Maia Beh, UC Cooperative Extension
This webinar covers key findings from research conducted in forests burned in 2008 that were heavily infested with Phytophthora ramorum, causal agent of sudden oak death, at the time of the wildfires. Participants will learn which characteristics of these coastal California forests contributed to the survival and persistence of the pathogen during and following the wildfires.
Date: November 13th, 2012
Presenter: Phillip J van Mantgem, USGS Western Ecological Research Center.
Tree mortality is one of the most important effects of forest fires, influencing important ecosystem services such as forest productivity, wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration. In this webinar participants will learn about the latest research on the mechanisms of fire-caused tree mortality, and how it varies across tree species, sizes and geographic ranges. The larger-scale consequences of fire-caused tree mortality and how these patterns may be changing are also discussed.
Date: April 4th, 2012
Presenter: David Weise, US Forest Service, PSW Fire and Fuels Program
Although fire behavior in shrublands is a key consideration in California, there has been limited focus on this topic in recent years. In this webinar David Weise summarizes the existing published information available for operational use and presents current research results from the past decade designed to improve the ability to predict low intensity fire behavior in these fuel types.
Date: May 22nd, 2013
Presenter: Chief Phill Veneris, CALFIRE
During this presentation, Chief Veneris discusses firefighting operations in the wildland-urban interface from a California perspective. He uses information and products from both his department, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) as well as the latest publications from Firefighting Resources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies (FIRESCOPE). Chief Veneris provides information that will be useful to both the company officer as well as the incident commander when faced with a fire in the wildland-urban interface and evacuating civilians in the fire’s path.
Date: November 10th, 2011
Presenter: Hugh Safford, Regional Ecologist, US Forest Service, Region 5
A detailed walkthrough of how to use and interpret the Fire Return Interval Departure GIS layers.
Description of purpose, data sources, database fields, and their calculations for the California Fire Return Interval Departure (FRID) map metadata (PDF)
Date: June 29th, 2011
Presenter: Chris Dicus, California Polytechnic University
Chris Dicus provides an introduction to the common problems encountered in managing WUI landscapes, and provides a framework for how to address some of these problems.
*(Note: To skip over the "technical difficulties" we experienced during the webinar, you can gloss over minute 2 to minute 11 of the webinar. The webinar ends at 1 hour and 11 minutes, although the recording continues to show the final slide after that.)
Date: November 29th, 2011
Presenter: Dave Sapsis, CALFIRE Fire and Resource Assessment Program
This webinar will focus on elements required for statewide or regional scale mapping efforts designed to describe and classify ignition exposure to buildings that are associated with wildland (vegetation) fires, and their potential spread into urbanized areas. In addition to covering input data and spatial processing rules, the talk will also address methods of local review and validation, as well fundamental challenges of modeling key mechanisms such as ember production and transport, and the influence of data scale on map precision and accuracy. Finally, the talk will address ongoing concerns over long‐term updates and maintenance.
Date: February 23rd, 2012
Presenter: Dan Turner, Urban Forest Ecosystem Institute, Cal Poly
In this webinar Dan Turner discusses fire jurisdictions, mutual aid agreements, pre-attack planning, deployment and mobilization plans, agency differences in strategy and tactics, resource prioritization, evacuations and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) coordination. It is geared toward public and private sector individuals involved in all facets of WUI fire response.
Date: April 24th, 2012
Presenter: Sarah McCaffrey, USDA Forest Service, Research Forester, Social Science Unit
This webinar provides an overview of what has been learned to date in relation to different aspects of public response to wildfire management including risk perception, social acceptance of prescribed fire and thinning, what makes homeowners more or less willing to create defensible space, and communication dynamics. Developing an accurate understanding of public views of fire management is important in designing policy and outreach that effectively engages the public and ensures that resources are targeted at the issues that are of actual rather than perceived public concern. One barrier to effectively engaging the public may be that many of the accepted descriptions related to the public and wildfire are based primarily on conventional wisdoms that may or may not hold.
Date: September 25th 2012
Presenter: Thomas J. Cova, Director of the Center for Natural & Technological Hazards, University of Utah Geography Department
The 2012 fire season has already resulted in more fire-caused evacuations than many recent years. This webinar will review traditional and contemporary aspects of evacuation planning. Traditional topics to be covered include warning and response, traffic management, contingency planning, and vulnerable populations. Contemporary topics will include social media, in-place shelter, trigger points, return-entry planning, and the changing policy context. Examples drawn from recent events will be used to illustrate concepts as well as lessons learned, and participants will gain a broader understanding of practical considerations in effective evacuation planning in the WUI.
Home and community safety and planning
Date: October 5th, 2011
Presenter: Steve Quarles, Institute for Business and Home Safety
Home survival in wildfire prone areas depends on a combination of adequate vegetation management in the area surrounding your home (i.e., your “defensible space”) and choices regarding building materials and design decisions for the home or building. Steve Quarles has been actively involved in wildfire research and education regarding the performance of materials and building design issues. These issues will be the focus of this one hour webinar. Information provided during this webinar will be applicable to both new construction and retrofitting existing homes or buildings.
Date: January 26th, 2012
Presenter: Carol Rice, Wildland Resource Management Inc.
Carol Rice, coauthor of the book “Managing Fire in the Urban Wildland Interface,” discusses appropriate land use policy, community layout, infrastructure, building requirements, and vegetation management in the WUI. This webinar is targeted for local planners, resource managers, property owners, homeowner associations, developers, and fire authorities. Considerations for existing and new communities are addressed, along with individual lot-by-lot development. Case studies are used to illustrate the process of planning to live with fire.
Date: March 14th, 2012
Presenter: Bob Roper, Ventura County CA Fire Chief representing the IAFC Wildland Fire Policy Committee
This webinar will give you the basic history of the READY, SET, GO! (RSG) and how the program is rapidly being adopted across the United States. RSG provides concepts to build fire adapted communities and then how to leverage these tenets for your personal safety and the survivability of your structure. Chief Roper will provide you links to get the free RSG information and offer resources to help you implement the program.
Date: July 17th, 2012
Presenters: Michele Steinberg (NFPA Firewise Communities Program), Pat Durland (Stone Creek Fire LLC), Phyllis Banducci (CAL FIRE), and Katie Ziemann (CA Fire Safe Council)
This webinar provides an overview of the Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program administered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, US Department of the Interior, the California Fire Safe Council, CAL FIRE, and state forestry agencies across the U.S. This program is being used in California to help neighbors work together in high risk areas to achieve safer communities. Learn more about how this program can help your community, as well as support and training that is available.
Date: October 11th, 2012
Presenter: Pam Jakes, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
Community wildfire protection plans have been described as ‘one of the most successful tools’ for addressing wildland fire management in the WUI. Jakes shares findings from two recently completed studies of CWPPs, one identifying best management practices for developing a CWPP, and the second investigating whether CWPPs make a difference during and immediately after a wildfire.
Date: March 27th, 2013
Presenter: Frank Lake, US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station.
This presentation provides background information on existing federal agency fire planning and management activities. Additionally, it discusses opportunities for how tribes and communities can coordinate with fire managers to identify values at risk and recommend mitigation actions or other treatments to reduce non-desired impacts to valued resources. This overview includes information about the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) and how “values at risk” are identified and could be managed. Different case study examples will be used to provide place-based context for different resources valued by tribes and communities.