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June 2013 Newsletter


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You're invited! Integrated fuel treatment field trip in Idaho

mature white pineThe Northern Rockies Fire Science Network and USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station invite you to an integrated fuel treatment field trip at the Priest River Experimental Forest in North Idaho. The field trip will focus on the multidisciplinary research that is being conducted to evaluate alternative restoration/fuel treatments that are ecologically sound, socially acceptable, and economically viable. Scientists and managers will discuss these approaches and determine how they may meet some of the challenges managers face.

Dates/times: June 13 (arrive 1pm PDT) and 14 (depart 12pm PDT) with overnight stay
Location: Priest River Experimental Forest
Lodging and meals will be covered!

View more information and register



June 5th webinar: Economics of fuel treatments 

Forest thinning operation This is the last webinar in a four-part  discussion series on fuel treatments in dry mixed conifer forests. The webinar is based on chapter 11 in, A comprehensive guide to fuel management practices for dry mixed conifer forests in the northwestern United States.  Read more, view the publication, and register



Interactive tools for assessing wildfire costs

Headwaters WUI map of the west

Headwaters Economics provides interactive tools that examine the potential for new home development in the wildland-urban interface at the county and state level, and the impact of new homes and temperature change on wildfire suppression costs.  View tools and analyses




New features in WFDSS 

WFDSS logo
The Wildland Fire Management RD&A is excited about some of the new features in the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) and believe that fire managers will appreciate the new decision support and fire behavior modeling tools that have been incorporated over the winter months. As with a fire refresher, the best way to shake off the cobwebs and learn about the new features in WFDSS is to just dive in and practice before fire season.  Read more



SKC Fire Science Degree Program — At a glance

Salish Kootenai College logoSalish Kootenai College (SKC) is a partner of the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network. The mission of SKC is to provide quality postsecondary educational opportunities for Native Americans locally and from throughout the U.S. The College strives to provide academic opportunities to promote individual advancement of all students, while maintaining the cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation.  Read more



JFSP highlights discoveries and innovations

cover of JFSP 2013 reportThe progress report summarizes the Joint Fire Science Program's efforts for 2013. Highlights include an overview of funded research projects and products, regional consortia progress, outreach to graduate and undergraduate students, and more.  View report






New structure wrapping module

Fire fighters wrapping a structure
The USFS Northern Region is forming a Fall Protection & Structure Wrapping Team.  Team members will be versed in protecting themselves from serious falls off building roofs, as well as the best methods for preserving buildings from fire. When there is a need for structure(s) to be protected during an incident, the Structure Wrapping Coordinator can be contacted to assemble the rapid response team and necessary materials. The team will wrap the structure(s) and then return home. The team will not be committed to the incident. 
 
For more information, contact Keith Hackbarth, Darby Ranger District FMO.



Video: RxCadre collaborative fire research 

image from Rx burn video

The Joint Fire Science Program RxCadre study is a response to the need for integrated, quality-assured fuels, fire, and atmospheric data for development and evaluation of fuels, fire behavior, smoke and fire effects models. RxCadre (Prescribed Fire Combustion and Atmospheric Research) is a massive interagency, interdisciplinary endeavor that represents the most intensely instrumented and measured series of prescribed fires ever conducted in the United States. In 2008, 2011 and 2012, prescribed fires were conducted at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base to measure smoke, fire behavior, fuels consumption and much more. 

Enjoy the RxCadre video clip (definitely worth enduring the two short commercials), then check out more details and current news about this massive project at  Fire Lab Rx Cadre.  
WEBINARS

June 5
The economics of fuel treatments



CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS

June 17-21
North American Forest Soils Conference
Whitefish, MT

June 26-July 2
Paleoenvironmental Field Methods and Sustainable Forest Management Workshop
Pablo, MT

Sept 20-21
Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Science & Management Meeting
Bozeman, MT

Oct 21-24
International Smoke Symposium
Adelphi, MD

May 19-23, 2014
Large Wildland Fires Conference
Missoula, MT
 

PUBLICATIONS

Allowing a wildfire to burn: estimating the effect on future fire suppression costs

Changes in transpiration and foliage growth in lodgepole pine trees following mountain pine beetle attack and mechanical girdling

Our forests in (water) balance

Fire and Fuels Quarterly - Spring 2013

Regional patterns and proximal causes of the recent snowpack decline in the Rocky Mountains, U.S.

The impacts of climate change on tribal traditional foods




REPORTS

The efficiacy of hazardous fuel treatments 

Social science at the wildland-urban interface: a compendium of research results to create fire-adapted communities



ARTICLE

Framing our fire story to promote sustainable policies and practices
 



PODCASTS

Learning from escaped prescribed fire reviews



PREDICTIVE SERVICES

Wildland fire potential outlook





We'd like to hear your suggestions, ideas, and questions!

Vita Wright, Principal Investigator
vwright@fs.fed.us  |  406.396.5374
US Forest Service, 650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, Montana 59937


Mary McFadzen, Coordinator
mmcfadzen@montana.edu 
|  406.582.0530
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana 59717


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