New research synthesis and brief, upcoming webinars, webinar recordings, new research, IFTDSS workshop, So. Sierra Nevada Adaptation Workshop
December 2012 Newsletter
Research topics

In this newsletter:

New research synthesis and new brief

Pre-settlement and contemporary forest structures and fire regimes in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Beaty, M.R., A.H. Taylor. 2008. Fire history and the structure and dynamics of a mixed conifer forest landscape in the northern Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe Basin, California USA. Forest Ecology and Management 255: 707-719.

Beaty, M.R., A.H. Taylor. 2009. A 14,000 year sedimentary charcoal record of fire from the northern Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe Basin, California, USA. The Holocene 19(3): 347-358.

Taylor, A. H. 2004. Identifying forest reference conditions on early cut-over lands, Lake Tahoe Basin, USA. Ecological Applications 14(6): 1903-1920.

How are forests structured under an active-fire regime?

Lydersen, Jamie & North, Malcolm. 2012. Topographic variation in structure of mixed-conifer forests under an active-fire regime. Ecosystems, Published online 26 July 2012.

Upcoming webinars

There are many upcoming fire webinars from a variety of agencies and groups:

10am PT, December 11th, 2012
National assessments of forest and landscape patterns
Kurt Riitters - Research Ecologist, Forest Service Southern Research Station

11am PT, December 17th, 2012
Economic Affects of Large Fires on Rural Communities
Cassandra Moseley and Max Nielsen-Pincus - Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon

11am PT, December 19th, 2012
Synthesis of Knowledge of Extreme Fire Behavior for Fire Managers
Paul Werth - Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (retired)

10am PT, January 22nd, 2013
Integrating ecological and social landscapes to evaluate resilience in fire‐prone ecosystems
Tom Spies ‐ Research Forester, Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

Southern Sierra Nevada Adaptation Workshop

The goal of this workshop is to identify shared conservation goals and values-at-risk, and to explore regional scale strategies to conserve Southern Sierra Nevada natural resources in the face of rapid change and an uncertain future. This workshop follows the 2008 Southern Sierra Science Symposium, which led to the Strategic Framework for Science in Support of Management in the Southern Sierra Nevada Ecoregion. It is hosted by the USFS, NPS, BLM, CA LCC, USGS, and the CFSC. Registration is now open, and ther is no cost for attendance.

Website and more information

New research

van Mantgem, Phillip J, JCB Nesmith, M Keifer, M Brooks. 2012. Tree mortality patterns following prescribed fire for Pinus and Abies across the southwestern United States. Forest Ecology and Management 289: 463-469. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.09.029

Preisler, Haiganoush K.; Hicke, Jeffrey A.; Ager, Alan A.; Hayes, Jane L. 2012. Climate and Weather Influences on Spatial Temporal Patterns of Mountain Pine Beetle Populations in Washington and Oregon. 93 (11): 2421–2434.

2013. Fire effect on vegetation and soils in the Great basin region: Response and site characteristics. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Research Paper RMRS-RP-# (GTR Draft).

2012. Smoke Science Plan: The Path Forward. Fire Science Digest. Joint Fire Science Program.

IFT-DSS California Workshop in April

Interested in attending a free training workshop for the new Interagency Fuel Treatment Decision Support System? The CFSC is working with JFSP and Sonoma Technologies, the developers of the platform, to host a half-day workshop in early April 2013 in the Sacramento area.

Email if you are interested in the workshop. Space will be limited and is based on a first-come basis. More information about the date and location will be available in the coming months.

Learn more about IFT-DSS

Fire-caused tree mortality webinar recording

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

Phillip J van Mantgem, USGS Western Ecological Research Center.

Tree mortality is one of the most important effects of forest fires, influencing important ecosystem services such as forest productivity, wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration. In this webinar participants will learn about the latest research on the mechanisms of fire-caused tree mortality, and how it varies across tree species, sizes and geographic ranges. The larger-scale consequences of fire-caused tree mortality and how these patterns may be changing are also discussed.

CFSC Activity Summary and Input

We've put together a summary of all our activities and outreach for the 2012 fiscal year.

We are also preparing for our re-funding proposal for the next two years. Your feedback would be great for us to include:  send any comments, positive or negative, and any suggestions to If you'd prefer to send an anonymous comment, use

JFSP resources on mobile devices

Research Syntheses and Fire Science Digests from JFSP can now be found in mobile and ePub friendly formats at
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