October 2012 Newsletter
In This Issue
Traditional Knowledge and Fire Workshop
We invite you to join us at a workshop aimed at integrating traditional knowledge and scientific ecological knowledge into fire management. We welcome managers, researchers, and students who have experience or interest in working collaboratively on fire management issues across tribal and non-tribal jurisdictions. The workshop occurs Nov 7-9, 2012, in Pablo, Montana.
Visit workshop website
Network of Fire Science Champions
The Network of Fire Science Champions will have a kickoff meeting on November 1, 2012. Interested managers are invited to join calls every other month to share experiences with, and learn about, the latest scientific knowledge and tools for fire and fuels management in the Northern Rockies. The Network of Champions will be “in the know” on the latest fire science and NRFSN products, meet other managers interested in fire science, and will have an opportunity to communicate science and science delivery needs to the NRFSN development team.
For information on the November 1st kickoff meeting, as well as future meetings, join the Network of Fire Champions mailing list or contact Vita Wright.
The idea came from an NRFSN Focus Group Participant in 2011 — “I do feel like it is my job to be that clearinghouse or synthesizer for the people that I work with. And I want to do more of that, so I’d love to keep my toe in your organization and be kind of a little extension agent.”
JFSP Funding Opportunity Notices
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals for research and support on the following topics:
Climate change and wildfire smoke at regional scale
Health impairment from exposure to fire smoke
Fuels treatment effectiveness: Economics
Fuels treatment effectiveness: Ecosystem restoration
Masticated fuelbeds effects on combustion and fire behavior
Compatibility of fire, fuels and rehabilitation treatments with T&E gallinaceous birds
Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award
Proposals are due November 16, 2012. View funding notices
WFM RDA—Who We Are and What We Do
The Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application (WFM RDA) is a partner with Northern Rockies Fire Science Network. Fire Application and Technology Transfer Specialists, composed of 19 individuals, interact with a variety of fire science applications providing a tangible link between fire management and research. This interagency, virtual staff is located in 4 states and represents federal land management agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more
Changes for NIFTT Program
There have been many changes for the National Interagency Fuels Technology Transfer
(NIFTT) program this year. NIFTT became formally incorporated into the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development, and Application
(WFM RDA) in the Spring of 2011. Jeff Jones, program manager, retired September 2012, and the management of the NIFTT program was transferred to the acting program manager, Kim Ernstrom, who is a fire application specialist working for the WFM RDA. Eva Strand, another long-term member of the NIFTT team, has accepted a position with the University of Idaho. The WFM RDA, University of Idaho, and contractors continue to support and build upon the original vision of NIFTT.
NIFTT Tools, Online Courses, and Workshops
Tools for Science and Fire Management
The Wildland Fire Management RDA - National Interagency Fuels Technology Transfer (NIFTT) program was chartered to provide land managers with science-based analysis tools and training (e.g., online courses, webinars, guidebooks, tool user guides and tutorials) focused on the assessment of fire behavior, fire effects, fire regimes, and vegetation dynamics. NIFTT tools are designed to help users learn how to access, edit, and analyze input data to assess fire behavior, fire effects, fire regimes, and ecological departure. Read more
Online courses and Workshops
NIFTT is currently offering ten online courses and several new courses are in development. Two-day workshops, mainly geared toward Fire Regime Condition Class training, as well as half-day workshops are available at fire management conferences. Read more
Significant Fire Year for the Northern Rockies
The numbers are in. According to the Northern Rockies Coordination Center, 2012 has become one of the Northern Rockies most significant seasons on record with the exception of the 1910 and 1988 Yellowstone years.
View summary of 2012 fires and acres
2012: 3,260 fires and 1,408,221 acres burned
10-year average to date: 2,880 fires and 430,680 acres burned
2012 cause of fire and acres burned: human = 60% of fires and 17% of acres burned; lightning = 40% of fires and 83% of acres burned