Past Events

Pinaleño Field Trip – August 21, 2014

On August 21, 2014, we conducted a 1 day field trip to learn about the fire and disturbance history of the Pinaleño range. We discussed disturbance history, primarily fire and insect, how local management plans to restore mixed conifer and spruce-fir through the Pinaleño Ecosystem Restoration Project, threatened and endangered species concerns, and fire suppression [...]

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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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