UPCOMING CONSORTIUM EVENTS
Identifying Priority Treatment Areas Across the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
- 12pm MST, Wednesday March 12, 2014
- Presenter: Joe Crouse, Ecological Restoration Institute
To address concerns regarding how to prioritize treatments across the forests, the Ecological Restoration Institute received funding from the USDA Forest Service to identify priority treatment areas across the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. In addition, Forest Service personnel stated a need to identify areas within the Wallow Fire perimeter that remain vulnerable to uncharacteristic wildfire. Existing Forest Service spatial data layers (Mid-scale vegetation diameter class, species and canopy cover) were used to identify restoration opportunity areas. Additional data layers (topography, land management designation, Wildland Urban Interface) were added to the analysis to identify priority restoration areas on the landscape. There are more than 133,000 acres within the Wallow fire perimeter that consist of priority restoration vegetation which experienced ≤50% basal area mortality and were thus deemed as continuing to be vulnerable to uncharacteristic wildfire. Less than half of this falls within the WUI boundary. To register now, click here!
How do managers “build resilience” when ecosystems are undergoing rapid change? What are our options when megafires remove huge swaths of forests not well adapted to this disturbance? Join us and help develop answers to these urgent questions.
Ecosystems and fire regimes are moving into new domains as a consequence of climate change, disturbance, and other causes. Fire professionals and land managers in the region are confronted with new fire regimes, fire effects, and ecosystem recovery trajectories following disturbance. To help fire and ecosystem managers and scientists in the Southwest understand and address ecosystem resilience under changing conditions, the Southwest Fire Science Consortium (SWFSC) is organizing “Fostering resilience in Southwestern ecosystems: A problem solving workshop” February 25-27, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. Click here for more information.
Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Effects, Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and International Association for Wildland Fire (IAWF) co-hosting
May 19-23, 2014 in Missoula, MT