Two new webinars and a CALFIRE meeting
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Two upcoming CFSC webinars

11am Wednesday, March 27th
"Incorporating tribal traditional knowledge and community values with wildland fire management"
Frank Lake, USFS - PSW Research Station

This presentation will provide background information on existing federal agency fire planning and management activities. Additionally, it will discuss opportunities for how tribes and communities can coordinate with fire managers to identify values at risk and recommend mitigation actions or other treatments to reduce non-desired impacts to valued resources. This overview will include information about the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) and how “values at risk” are identified and could be managed. Different case study examples will be used to provide place-based context for different resources valued by tribes and communities.

1pm PST Tuesday, April 23rd
"Using fire to increase the scale, benefits, and pace of forest management"
Malcolm North, USFS - PSW Research Station

The current pace and scale of fuels treatment is a fraction of whats needed to effectively reduce fire hazard in California. With the Forest Service implementing a new planning rule and starting to revise plans for the 155 National Forests, new strategies need to be considered for fundamentally changing current approaches to fire. This talk suggests making much wider use of managed fire, discusses current obstacles to its use, and examines some possible remedies.

Register for these webinars here

Researcher Danny Fry ignites a prescribed fire at the UC Blodgett Forest Research Station in 2002. Photo: Stephens Wildfire Lab, UC Berkeley.

The Challenges of California Wildfire: CALFIRE Fire and Resource Assessment Steering Committee meeting

CALFIRE has announced its quarterly meeting of the Fire and Resource Assessment Steering Committee (FRASC) in preparation for its 2015 Assessment of California Forests and Rangelands. The meeting topic is “The Challenges of California Wildfire: Balancing ecological needs with societal demands” and it will be held on Thursday, April 4th, 2013.

In the 2015 Assessment of Forest and Rangelands, the committee plans to address a number of critical issues for wildland fire management, including the wildland-urban interface (WUI), fire-induced vegetation type conversions, changes in forest structure and function resulting from modern fire regimes, the influence of climate change on how much fire--and what type of fire--we can expect in the future, and what all of these issues bode for vegetation, habitat, and the people that live here. A goal of the meeting to develop a more nuanced understanding of wildfire as not just a threat, but as a potential agent of benefit as well.

This discussion begin an attempt to frame a sound scientific basis for forming policy that sustains ecosystems and protects people from natural threats. The meeting will include panel discussion with three fire scientists from the California Fire Science Consortium to help explore these issues:
  • Jon E. Keeley – Adjunct Full Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA
  • Chris Dicus – Professor of Wildland Fire and Fuels Management, California Polytechnic State University
  • Scott Stephens – Professor of Fire Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
For background about the upcoming meeting, the assessment processes, or FRASC, please see the FRASC website:

The meeting will be held in Davis, California:
9:00 - 12:00 on Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Room #229, USDA Lyng Service Center
430 G Street,
Davis, CA

Please suggest this meeting to friends and colleagues you think may be interested. RSVPs to are greatly appreciated by Thursday, March 28th.
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