Future Workshops / Field Trips – Send us your ideas!

We have funding available to sponsor workshops or field trips. We can fund 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 swfireconsortium@gmail.com.

Beyond hazardous fuels: Managing fire for social, economic, and ecological benefits

This is a Southwest Regional Fire Ecology and Management Conference in partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology. Planning has begun, so save the dates for this conference in Tucson, Arizona November 28 – December 2, 2016. This conference is being held in conjunction with the 1st Applied Fire Science Workshop- visit the official website for both here!

Past Field Trips and Workshops

New Mexico WUI Summit, Re-energize community response

Date: March 31-April 2, 2016
Location: Silver City, New Mexico

Arizona WUI Summit and Firewise Conference

Date: April 1-April 2, 2016
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

 To view presentations and information from the Arizona WUI Summit, click here!

Fire Management on the San Carlos Apache Reservation – September 10, 2015

We took a full day field trip to visit various fires managed through partnership between the San Carlos Apache (SCA) Tribe and the BIA San Carlos Agency. Over the last several years, they have built a mosaic of fire by allowing fire to retake its natural role across the Nantac Rim. Recent fires on the SCA include the Skunk, Basin, and Sawmill Fires. Virtual field trip coming soon! Download field trip materials below (more to come).


Preparing for Wildfires: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity

A workshop for Cooperative Extension Educators and Community Leaders, March 10-12, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.

Planning for the next big one: Managing the post-fire environment in a time of change

This small-scale collaborative workshop was held April 16-17, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Funding partners include The Nature Conservancy New Mexico and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium.

Materials and Notes from the workshop can be downloaded below. If you have further questions, contact Anne Bradley with The Nature Conservancy (contact info contained within the workshop agenda).

A forum to discuss next steps, actions and outcomes of the workshop is available here: http://s15.zetaboards.com/SW_Burn_Area_Network/index/

Wildland fire smoke in the air – What does it mean to ME?

Thank you to all those who attended, making it a successful workshop! We are currently working on posting presentations from the workshop, including video that was taken of specific presentations, and some of the main ideas recorded from our roundtable discussion sessions. This will take time to put together- please be patient with us!

November 6-8, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Agenda, workshop materials and presentations are available here.

Jemez Field Trip – October 2014

In October we were able to put together a field trip for the JFSP governing board to tour the Jemez Mountains area, including fires that span several decades. The field trip materials are below by stop, and a virtual field trip with photos of the various areas we visited is available here.

Pinaleño Field Trip – August 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 – June 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 who worked the fire both from its initial discovery and throughout the fire.

Fostering resilience in Southwestern ecosystems: A problem solving workshop – February 2014

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.

Living with Fire in Northern New Mexico, Fire Forests and Communities – November 2013

A free public 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

Click here to view agendas and presentations…

White/Donaldson Fires Field Trip – April 2013

This was a 1 day field trip to both the White and Donaldson Fires near Ruidoso, New Mexico. Both Fires burned in 2011 with very different effects. We visited unburned and burned areas that received mastication and other fuels treatments, discussed treatments and how they may have affected fire behavior, fire effects, watershed and wildlife. More research on mastication is need and an upcoming project (NMWFRI and USFS Region 3) may help fill some of these knowledge gaps eventually. The SWFSC will report on this as available.

White/Donaldson Factsheet
White Fire burn severity map (RAVG)

White Fire Fuels Assessment (from Lincoln NF)

Donaldson Fire IR map

Donaldson Fire – treatment acres within Lincoln NF boundary

New Mexico Rx Fire Council/NMICG Meeting & Field Trip – November 2012

We hosted a one day joint meeting and field trip for the New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council and the New Mexico Interagency Coordinating Group to help bridge the role of the two groups and create an opportunity for sharing of information and building contacts.

Chupadera Factsheet
Chupadera Prescribed Burn map

Horseshoe 2 Fire Field Trip – November 2012

Topics covered on the field trip included landscape scale fire management, fire effects, operations, impacts on wildlife, post-fire rehabilitation efforts, and treatment effectiveness. Day one covered the north end of the fire area while Day Two covered the west and south side of the fire area.

Factsheet 1
Factsheet 2

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Field Trip – October 2012

A 1-day field trip to explore New Mexico’s largest wildfire, the Whitewater Baldy Complex, that burned 297,845 acres (465 square miles) on the Gila National Forest during the extremely dry and windy spring of 2012. The tour discussed the fire regimes of the fuel types that burned, the interaction of past fires within the burn perimeter with fire behavior in 2012, resources that were affected (including Mexican spotted owls and Gila trout), watershed effects, and rehabilitation efforts.

Whitewater Baldy Factsheet
Fire Write-up
Burn Severity and Perimeter maps

Track Fire Field Trip – September 2012

A 1-day tour of the Track Fire near Raton, New Mexico, an interesting fire on many levels! It burned New Mexico and Colorado state and private land, which required interstate logistics. Some burned areas received cooperative post-fire watershed rehabilitation treatments by the City of Raton, the States of New Mexico and Colorado, NRCS, as well as private stockholders. Stay tuned for more presentation materials relating to the field trip!

Track Fire Factsheet
Field Trip Notes
Burn Severity Map

Fire Regime Condition Class – March 2012 (Albuquerque, NM and Flagstaff, AZ)

Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC) assessments have been widely used for evaluating ecosystem status in many areas of the U.S. FRCC employs state-and-transition modeling to describe historical vegetation and fire regimes, which provides reference information related to landscape fire frequency, severity, and vegetation composition. Similarity indexing is used to compare historical versus current vegetation and fire regimes. This technique allows field and GIS users to consistently assess FRCC for fire management plans and related planning efforts. Current applications of FRCC data include project design, risk assessments, treatment prioritization, fire use decisions, and evaluation of ecosystem sustainability.

FRCC Details
Online FRCC Course through NIFTT

Computer Modeling for Fuels Specialists (Series) – January-March 2012

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


Santa Fe Watershed Forum and Field Trip – June 2011

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


Southwest Interagency Fuels Workshop – March 2011

Facilitated discussions, presentations, and workshops on restoration and fuels treatments in southwestern vegetation types. Presentations are available here.