Future Workshops / Field Trips – Send us your ideas!
We have funding available to sponsor workshops or field trips. We can sponsor already planned activities or assist in development of new ideas. If you have an idea for a workshop or field trip please let us know. Fill out a workshop proposal form and return an electronic copy to email@example.com.
Wildland fire smoke in the air – What does it mean to ME?
We are planning a smoke workshop to bring together all stakeholders, including, but not limited to: federal and state regulatory and fire management agencies, tribal personnel and members, non-governmental organizations and community groups, members of the general public who would like to learn more.
This will be an interactive, inclusive workshop scheduled for November 6-8, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are also looking at ways to deliver this workshop virtually or in small group sessions at an alternate location in addition to the primary location of Albuquerque.
If you have suggestions for this workshop, please contact the SWFSC Coordinator, Barb Satink Wolfson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Field Trips and Workshops
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 actions. We visited the areas affected by the Nuttall-Gibson (2004) and Clark Peak Fires (1996).
Slide Fire Field Trip
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 who worked the fire both from its initial discovery and throughout the fire.
- Click here to download Slide Fire Factsheet
- Virtual Field Trip
- Photographs from the BAER Team initial assessment
- Slide Fire inciweb link (official incident reports, maps and photographs available)
- Slide BAER inciweb link (official BAER reports, maps and photographs available)
- Draft BAER Report released June 24, 2014 (link to inciweb for download)
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) organized “Fostering resilience in Southwestern ecosystems: A problem solving workshop” February 25-27, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. Click here to view materials from the workshop.
Saturday November 16, 2013 at Santa Fe Community College, this workshop featured:
- Interaction with regional scientists and land managers
- Breakout sessions allowing for open dialogue with participants and presenters
- Time for one on one with presenters and others
The purpose of this workshop/webinar hybrid is to develop a working knowledge of computer models and their applications as needed to provide vegetation and fuels assessment input for unit and project-level planning. Fuels specialists in particular need tools that will help them assess existing and future vegetation conditions and the impact of treatments on fire behavior. To utilize best available science, fuels specialists need to be up-to-date on current models utilized to predict fire behavior based on fuels/vegetation conditions and weather.
Format: The training incorporates four workshops, each one or two days long, extending over a series of 6 weeks. Each workshop includes lecture and time for application. The workshops will be presented in a webinar format, with students participating from several “virtual classrooms” around the Southwest. Up to 10 students per location will receive hands-on help from an onsite facilitator while the material is presented via webinar by application experts.
Download Presentations and Workshop Materials Below:
Plan to Project (NEPA) – Dave Brewer
FlamMap – Sam Amato
Smoke Tools Part I – Miriam Rorig
Smoke Tools Part II – Miriam Rorig
Intro to 40 Fuel Models – Dan Mindar
Fuel Model Resource Tools – Dan Mindar
Farsite (FMS File) – Mary Lata
Farsite (WND File) – Mary Lata
Farsite (WTR File) – Mary Lata
Farsite (Landscape Calculator File) – Mary Lata
LFDAT Basics – Charley Martin
Available Spatial Data – Charley Martin
A large and diverse group of collaborators has successfully initiated restoration of ponderosa pine forests in the Santa Fe municipal watershed, which provides up to 50% of Santa Fe’s water. Follow-up prescribed fire treatments within sight of the state capital building have been successful in-part due to continuing outreach to maintain high levels of public support. The goal of this forum and field trip was to share lessons learned and the science behind the ongoing restoration efforts in the Santa Fe Watershed to managers in other municipal watersheds at high risk of catastrophic fire.
History of treatments & City water supply, EIS process & outreach – Amy Lewis, Consultant to Interstate Stream Commission
New treatments and EIS – Dale Lyons, City of Santa Fe Water Division
Payment for ecosystem services – Laura McCarthy, The Nature Conservancy
Monitoring Aquatic Environment – Abe Franklin, New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau
Turbidity monitoring in the paired basins – Neil Williams, Watershed West
Fire and Streamflow reconstructions – Ellis Margolis, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, Univ. of AZ
Paired Basin Investigation – Amy Lewis, Consultant to Interstate Stream Commission
Climate change and the water supply – Christina Tague & Aubrey Dugger, UC Santa Barbara