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June 2012 Newsletter

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New Research Funded by JFSP

JFSP logoThe Joint Fire Science Program recently funded a variety of new research projects aimed at responding to the emerging needs of policymakers and fire managers. Research results will be made available to assist in decision making and project implementation.  View projects applicable to Northern Rockies

NPS Updates Fire and Aviation Website

NPA FAM website imageEarlier this month, the National Park Service launched an updated version of their Fire and Aviation Management website. In addition to providing information on emergency services, the website has been expanded to include other areas such as science and ecology, structural fire prevention, social media, environmental compliance, and planning. The new website has something for everyone — from professional tools to activities for kids.  View NPS Fire and Aviation Management website

Online Wildland Fire Degree and Courses

UI Fire webpageAt the University of Idaho, you can work toward a Masters of Natural Resources and a Certificate in Fire Ecology, Management and Technology online. Classes may count for both programs and may be completed at a pace that fits your busy schedule. By completing both the Masters and the Certificate you will graduate with a Masters degree with a focus on wildland fire. For more information regarding these programs and the requirements, please view: 

National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis — At A Glance

NCLFS logoThe National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis (Fire Center) at the University of Montana is a partner in the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network. Since 2001, the Fire Center has developed applications, technology, and research to help natural resource managers. The Fire Center develops applications to help managers access and use data more efficiently; conducts research to characterize fire and fuels; provides direct incident support; and offers classes, trainings, and other learning opportunities to develop a highly skilled current and future fire workforce.  Read more

Fire Communication Study Preliminary Results

results iconThis Spring, the NRFSN surveyed 176 fire / fuels staff and decision makers about the informal communication networks they use to communication about science on fuel treatments and fire effects. Thanks to those of you who participated in this phone survey!

Preliminary results show:
  • Fuel specialists are important communicators of science
  • For fire effects science, fire ecologists, natural resource specialists, and researchers are also important
  • Fire ecologists communicate with researchers and outside the agency more than do other positions
  • Fire staff and decision makers communicate about fire science mostly in person or by phone
  • Reasons for communicating with specific individuals included (from most important to least): professional position, topical expertise, local knowledge, accessibility, and personal history.
Study authors noted fuels specialists are important communicators of science, yet science communication is not a formal part of their job and they are not trained or rewarded for it. Fire ecologists also play a critical role because they communicate directly with researchers. The NRFSN will use these results to facilitate science communication. If you have feedback on this topic, please contact Vita Wright.

Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference Available Online

Human dimensions virtual conference bannerIn case you missed the 3rd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference in Seattle, WA in April you're in luck! For the first time, the entire conference program is available on your computer. The sessions were filmed and edited to provide you and your co-workers the very best of the conference. For a low fee, you can watch them on your own time schedule and select just what sessions you are interested in or, consider setting it up in a conference room where others can join in for sessions in their interest area; from wildlife or smoke issues to training, working with communities, business, and fire prevention.  Read more

June 26
Innovative uses of Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) Data at Grand Canyon National Park

July 12
Landscape Treatment Designer: A multicriteria optimization tool for fuel treatment planning

July 17
FireWise Communities / USA


July 24-27
Aspen Days
Jackson, WY
Events include 1970s era plot remeaurements and field workshops. For details, contact Steve Kilpatrick

Oct 1-2
PNW Climate Science Conference
Boise, ID

Oct 8-10
11th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Yellowstone Nat'l Park, WY

December 3-7
International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
Portland, OR


International Journal of Wildland Fire 20-year Author Index

Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Effects of Fire on Cultural Resources and Archaeology

Listening and Learning from Traditional Knowledge and Western Science: A Dialogue on Contemporary Challenges of Forest Health and Wildfire (abstract)

Bark Beetles Galore!
Two websites worth bookmarking:

JFSP - Bark Beetles and Fire

USU - Bark Beetles, Fuels, and Fire Bibliography

Fire Science Digest
Two Forces of Nature Transforming Western Forests


Seasonal Assessment for Western States


How Oceans and Climates Can Affect Wildland Fires thousands of Miles Away

Climate Change: Beetles are Supercool!

Fireworks Educational Program
We'd like to hear your suggestions, ideas, and questions!
Vita Wright, Principal Investigator  |  406.396.5374
650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, Montana 59937

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