Past Events

Slide Fire Field Trip – June 13, 2014

On June 13, 2014, we toured the recent Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona. We saw how suppression staff were able to catch spot fires within treatment areas, by using low intensity burnouts, and we visited where the fire started at the south end of the canyon. We were accompanied by fire operations staff [...]

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People, fire, and insects: Three centuries of disturbance interactions along an ecological gradient of the Pinaleño Mountains, Arizona –June 2014

Presenter: Kit O’Connor, University of Arizona In the Pinaleño Mountains of Southeast Arizona, a series of high-severity insect outbreaks and fires in recent decades appear to be unprecedented in the historical record.  These disturbances raise concerns about forest resilience and long-term sustainability of one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the southwest.  We used [...]

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A resilience ecology framework for southwestern forests: Ecosystem shifts, landscape disturbance and climate change –May 2014

Presenter: Donald Falk, University of Arizona In this webinar, Dr. Don Falk will review the basic concepts of ecological resilience as it applies to fire-adapted ecosystems in the Southwest. He will discussion how these concepts apply to the challenge of maintaining resilience in a rapidly changing world. Lastly, he will explore how maintaining resilience can [...]

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