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.
Pinaleño Field Trip – October 16, 2013 (canceled due to government shutdown)
Join us for a 1 day field trip to learn about the fire and disturbance history of the Pinaleño range and how local management plans to restore mixed conifer and spruce-fir through the Pinaleño Ecosystem Restoration Project, among other topics to be determined. This field trip will begin near Safford, Arizona. We will visit the areas affected by the Nuttall-Gibson (2004) and Clark Peak Fires (1996). If you require lodging, this information will be sent to you upon registration.
*THE PINALENO FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 21st. More details and registration COMING SOON!
Past Field Trips and Workshops
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