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March 2020 Newsletter 

California Fire Science ConsortiumPrescribed fire in Feb 2020
Feb 2020 Winter burn project at UC Blodgett Research Forest

  • New research synthesis

  • Immediate call to action

  • Upcoming events and our fire research roundup 

New Research Synthesis

Prescribed Fire in Young Stands

This synthesis draws recommendations from four studies that are relevant to prescribed burning as a fuels reduction method in young stands. Most studies also looked at potential effects of mastication as a fuels treatment in comparison to prescribed burning.
View PDF of Research Synthesis here > 

Sign-on letter to support JFSP

The Joint Fire Science Program's (JFSP) future is yet again threatened with potential budget cuts for FY 2021. Please sign and share widely and thank you've already signed!
Last year, the funding levels went from $0 to $6 million through efforts like this; your support truly does matter in keeping funding for fire science research and outreach alive.  Once signatures are collected, this letter will be sent to Congressional Appropriation members.

Based on current budget proposals, the JFSP will be have a 50% reduction in budget from FY2019. We plan to deliver a sign-on letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Subcommittees for Appropriations for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies expressing our collective support for the program. We need your signatures by FRIDAY 03/06/2020. Please consider whether you feel this merits your signature and/or broader distribution to others within your networks.

This sign-on letter is designed primarily for individual signatures. We ask that federal employees not use their official position or time to sign on to this letter; doing so could be considered a violation of the Hatch Act. If someone lists their federal position or email, we must delete them from the list. HOWEVER, federal employees who want to sign on as private citizens are welcome to if they list a personal email and use personal time to sign on. They are of course free to consult with their agency for guidance on this matter.

Sign-on here to support JFSP 

Upcoming Events


Forest land use and management strategies to deliver European climate and bio economy policies - relevance to California?

March 12, 2020
Davis, CA
Part of the Forest Ecology Random Lectures, open to the public.

A recent evaluation undertaken for the European Forest Institute asked how our current understanding of forest systems can help policy makers to balance the apparently competing demands on forest lands. This evaluation will be summarized along with comment on the associated and ongoing policy implementation. Relevance to California of the context and analysis undertaken in this study will be discussed. View Flyer PDF >


Tree Mortality Data Collection Network

March 10, 2020
McClellan, CA

The Tree Mortality Data Collection Network was established to bring together scientists and agencies who are conducting field and remote-sensing studies across the Sierra Nevada. In this third workshop we want to tackle the general question of "What now?". Feedback from previous editions of this meeting and recent outreach activities suggest the need to discuss two critical aspects linked to dead trees: 1) Fuel loads, temporal dynamics, flammability and risks; 2) Post-disturbance management: life after drought and death, reforestation and how to deal with tree species current and future needs. This workshop is organized to facilitate the presentation of recent findings via scientific talks and to serve as a  iscussion forum for future actions linked to management and policies.

Click here to register for the March 10th, 2020 meeting. 3-10-2020 Tree Mortality Data Network meeting flyer

Protecting Your City from Wildfire: Planning, Coordinating and Investing for Civic Resilience Workshop: Defining Our Future with Wildland Fire – A New Paradigm

March 11-12, 2020
San Diego, CA

Protecting Your City from WildfirePlanning, Coordinating and Investing for Civic Resilience will gather city leaders, county officials, state and federal agencies, first responders, forestry associations, electric and water utilities, equipment vendors, insurers, academics, and more to discuss how California can create resilient communities and leverage existing opportunities to protect their residents against wildfires.  More information and registration > 
(Use promo code 203713 to save 10% off registration) 

 Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council- 2020 Spring Meeting and Field Tour  2020 Prescribed Fire on Private Lands Workshop

March 13- March 26, 2020
Various locations

These trainings are designed for private landowners and land managers, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about how to plan and implement prescribed fire on private lands.

All workshops are in March and spread throughout Northern California. View 2020 Spring Prescribed Fire Workshops PDF >

 Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council- 2020 Spring Meeting and Field Tour  Wildfire Urban Interface (WUI) Best Mitigation Practices

March 22-23, 2020
Reno, NV

The IAFC's Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) conference offers hands-on training and interactive sessions designed to address the challenges of wildland fire. 
View more information and registration here >


 Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council- 2020 Spring Meeting and Field Tour  Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council- 2020 Spring Meeting and Field Tour

March 25-26, 2020
ACR’s Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach, CA

The Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council is excited to announce our second Spring Meeting and Tour! Save the Date for March 25-26, 2020. Registration is now open, sign-up soon to get the discounted early bird rate! More information and registration here >

AFTER THE FLAMES: Conference and Workshop

April 6-8, 2020
Tahoe City, CA

A unique networking and professional development opportunity focused on building connections and raising the level of conversation as we work to plan, after wildfire.
Learn more and register >

California Nevada Hawaii Forest Fire Council Spring 2020

April 14-17, 2020
Maui, Hawaiʻi

The CNH Forest Fire Council 2020 Spring Workshop theme is 2020 Shared Solutions: A Combined Wildfire Meeting on the island of Maui, HawaiʻiRegistration and more information here >

IAWF 3rd International Smoke Symposium

April 20-24, 2020
Davis, CA  and Raleigh, NC

The symposium will be an international nexus of research, management and policy with a target audience of:governmental air quality regulators; land managers and fire practitioners; research and extension communities; public health professionals; air quality and fire weather forecasting communities; and climate change researchers.
View more information and registration  >

Fire Management 24/7/365: A Training Workshop on the Mitigation of Wildfire Risk in Mixed-Conifer Forests of California

April 20-23, 2020
Fresno, CA

To meet these challenges, the George Wright Society is organizing Fire Management 24/7/365, a collaborative, outcomes-focused training workshop to help practitioners, managers, and researchers from different agencies and organizations work together and with other land owners to reduce wildfire threat and restore fire-dependent mixed-conifer ecosystems in California. More information at

Fire Research Roundup

Fuel treatment effectiveness in the context of landform, vegetation, and large, wind‐driven wildfires
S.J. Prichard et al. - Eco Apps,  2020
View PDF >

Enhancing Indigenous food sovereignty: A five-year collaborative tribal-university research and extension project in California and Oregon
J Sowerwine et al. - J Ag, Food Systems, and Community Develp, 2019
View PDF >

Predictive habitat suitability models for nesting woodpeckers following wildfire in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades of California
BR Campos et al. - The Condor 2020
View Point Blue Research Brief >

Scaling Up: Citizen Science Engagement and Impacts Beyond the Individual
MC Hano et al. -  Citizen Science: Theory and Practice,  2020
View PDF >

Research and Reports 
Everyone in: A road map for science-based, collaborative restoration of western quaking aspen

S. Miller - Rocky Mountain Research Station, 2020                                                
View PDF >

Investment Opportunities for Increasing Forest and Fire Management Capacity in California: A Capacity and Needs Assessment of Local Groups, Non-Profits, and Tribes
EJ Davis  et al. - Watershed Center, 2020
View PDF >

Insights and Suggestions for Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Programs
MS Matonis - Forest Stewards Guild, 2020
View PDF >

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