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October 2012 Newsletter

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Traditional Knowledge and Fire Workshop

Link to workshop website 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.

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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

JFSP logoThe 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
  • Conference Support
  • Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award
  • Dataset Archival
Proposals are due November 16, 2012.  View funding notices

WFM RDA—Who We Are and What We Do

Image of WFM RD&A staffThe 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

WFM RD&A logoThere 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

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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.
  • 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
View summary of 2012 fires and acres

Oct 30
Small bugs with large-scale impacts: Ecosystem & watershed-level responses to the mountain pine beetle outbreak

Nov 13
For whom the bell tolls: Patterns, processes and consequences of fire-caused tree mortality


Fire Lab 2012-13 schedule
Recordings available on website after seminar. For VCT hook-up, contact


Oct 24-28
Society of American Foresters National Convention
Spokane, WA

Nov 7-9
Returning Fire to the Land — Celebrating Traditional Knowledge and Fire
Pablo, MT

Nov 12-16
Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference
Salt Lake City, UT

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

Jan 14-16, 2013
Great Basin Consortium Conference
Boise, ID


NIFFT online training & workshops

USFS Forest Vegetation Simulation


Climate change, forests, fire, water, and fish: Building resilient landscapes, streams, and managers

A comprehensive guide to fuel management practices for dry mixed conifer forests in the northwestern United States

A range-wide restoration strategy for whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis)

Recovery and revolution in the wake of epidemic outbreaks of mountain pine beetle

The reburn issue

Best practices in risk and crisis communication: Implications for natural hazards management

A new era of federal prescribed fire: Defining terminology and properly applying the discretionary function exception


National cohesive wildland fire management strategy - phase II
We'd like to hear your suggestions, ideas, and questions!
Vita Wright, Principal Investigator  |  406.396.5374
650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, Montana 59937

Mary McFadzen, Coordinator 
|  406.582.0530
PO Box 7185, Bozeman, Montana 59771

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