Sep
10
to Sep 24

San Juan Prescribed Fire Training Exchange - Register by Aug. 1st

Join us for hands-on burning and learning in southwestern Colorado, everyone is welcome!

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Please go to this website at http://sanjuanheadwaters.org/trex for more information and registration for this event. Please also share this announcement with your networks. Registration deadline is August 1st. There is a $300 participant fee; this fee may be waived for local participants. See the website for more. 

 

The Chama Peak Land Alliance, the San Juan National Forest, the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership, The Nature Conservancy and regional partners will be hosting a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) in September, 2019.  The intent of this training is to provide opportunities for local and regional firefighters, scientists and managers to work and train together, build their experience in prescribed fire practices, fire effects, and other conservation efforts affecting forests, woodlands and grasslands in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Training opportunities for anyone who wishes to participate are available, as well as for those pursuing National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications for the positions of RXB2, ENGB, FIRB, FFT1, FFT2 and FEMO.

 

We invite professional wildland firefighters and prescribed fire practitioners, fire and resource managers, ecologists, biologists, conservationists, students and faculty, researchers and scientists from federal, state, tribal, non-governmental and private organizations to be part of our burn team. The training will be organized as an incident, using the Incident Command System and will integrate with local fire staff, primarily on the San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado. Participants will serve in qualified and trainee firefighting positions on a burn team and will assist with preparing, scouting, briefing, igniting, holding, mop-up and patrol on numerous controlled burns in the area. We will also complete pre- and post-fire monitoring, train with equipment, practice fireline leadership skills and learn about local fire ecology and fire management. The work will take place primarily in the San Juan Watershed of southwestern Colorado, however opportunities to burn in other watersheds in northern New Mexico are also possible. The training will include field trips to orient participants to the natural and cultural landscape of this region, burn units, fuels, and other wildland fire related topics. We will integrate and learn about community efforts to prepare for and mitigate wildfire impacts to natural resources, homes, and communities.

 

If you do not have the minimum training requirements or required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) we will assist you.

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Nov
18
to Nov 22

2019 Fire Congress - Association of Fire Ecology

http://afefirecongress.org/

The Association for Fire Ecology is excited to be hosting this event in Tucson, Arizona in cooperation with the Southwest Fire Science Consortium. Presentations will feature the latest in research results, applications, case studies, and lessons learned, and special sessions will be designed to unify science and application and to create opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. In addition, fire circle discussions will allow small groups to focus on key topics and learn from one another. Our plenary sessions will include the popular Fire AFEx Talks, which are engaging presentations (think TED or TEDx talks) that will focus on the conference theme and integrate multiple topics.

We welcome all those interested in fire ecology and management to attend, and we aim to create a diverse and inclusive event.

Weekly Schedule

  • November 18: We’ll begin the week with a full day of pre-conference workshops to provide training opportunities for building and applying new skills.

  • November 19-21: Fire Congress participants will be engaged in innovative plenary sessions, special sessions, presentations, fire circle discussions, and networking opportunities.

  • November 22: We will conclude on Friday with field trips that demonstrate how the concepts discussed at the congress are being applied in the Southwest.

Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for special sessions, workshops and trainings, oral and poster presentations, fire circles, and attached meetings. Click on the links below for detailed information and to access the online submission forms.

Congress Theme: Cultivating Pyrodiversity

The 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress will redefine the ecological concept of pyrodiversity to explore cross-cutting issues across a variety of disciplines. The complexity of wildland fire requires partners to consider diverse perspectives and disciplines at multiple scales to develop strategies for living in fire-dominated landscapes

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Jun
12
12:00 PM12:00

Carson National Forest Plan Revision Wednesday Open House

  • Carson National Forest Supervisors Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

These meetings are informal opportunities for the public to:

  • Meet with Carson NF plan revision team members

  • Learn about the forest planning process

  • Learn what steps the Carson NF is currently working on

  • Discuss issues that will be addressed by the plan

  • Learn about upcoming public collaboration opportunities and how to get involved

Carson NF Supervisor’s Office

208 Cruz Alta Rd. Taos, NM 87571

Wednesday, April 17th, 12:00—2:00 PM

Wednesday, May 15th, 12:00—2:00 PM

Wednesday, June 12th, 12:00—2:00 PM

Forest Plan Revision Process

The Carson NF is revising our current forest plan to address needed management changes so that the forest can provide forest resources and benefits for present day use and future generations. We have completed an early draft plan, including alternatives. An official draft plan and draft environmental impact statement will be released soon. We will be asking the public to provide formal comments on both.

For more information or to provide input:

www.fs.usda.gov/goto/carsonforestplan • (575) 758-6221 • carsonplan@fs.fed.us

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May
17
to May 19

Prescribed Fire Workshop

Workshop schedule

May 17th: 9am - 5pm

Introductory training and preparation

May 18th: 8am - 4pm

Burn day

May 19th: 8am - 4pm

Fire line management and mop up

This is a hands-on operational training to provide landowners with exposure to the skills to responsibly implement a prescribed burn from start to finish on private property. This workshop builds on last year’s classroom session, which introduced participants to the planning process of prescribed burning as a management tool. Attendance at last year’s workshop is not a requirement to join this workshop.

Participant groups will be paired with an experienced firefighter and embedded in the process for hands-on experience and Q&A.

You will learn how to:

  • Construct fire lines

  • Use a drip torch

  • Appropriately apply the resources most ranches have on hand (e.g. UTVs, water tanks, etc.)

  • Manage risk

  • Scout, ignite, mop up, and patrol burn units

  • Learn fire fighting tactics.

To register, please complete this form. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Kendal (kendal@forestguild.org). Lodging will be available for those travelling from afar. Meals will be provided.

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May
15
12:00 PM12:00

Carson National Forest Plan Revision Wednesday Open House

  • Carson National Forest Supervisors Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

These meetings are informal opportunities for the public to:

  • Meet with Carson NF plan revision team members

  • Learn about the forest planning process

  • Learn what steps the Carson NF is currently working on

  • Discuss issues that will be addressed by the plan

  • Learn about upcoming public collaboration opportunities and how to get involved

Carson NF Supervisor’s Office

208 Cruz Alta Rd. Taos, NM 87571

Wednesday, April 17th, 12:00—2:00 PM

Wednesday, May 15th, 12:00—2:00 PM

Wednesday, June 12th, 12:00—2:00 PM

Forest Plan Revision Process

The Carson NF is revising our current forest plan to address needed management changes so that the forest can provide forest resources and benefits for present day use and future generations. We have completed an early draft plan, including alternatives. An official draft plan and draft environmental impact statement will be released soon. We will be asking the public to provide formal comments on both.

For more information or to provide input:

www.fs.usda.gov/goto/carsonforestplan • (575) 758-6221 • carsonplan@fs.fed.us

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Apr
29
to May 3

6th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference Fuels of Today – Fire Behavior of Tomorrow

http://albuquerque.firebehaviorandfuelsconference.com/

The 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference offers a forum where past experience and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas/technology presented to provide a strong foundation that will facilitate setting a course to the future that addresses and responds to developing challenges locally, regionally, and globally.

What you can expect from this global conference
Three highly educational, engaging and entertaining programs featuring selected keynote addresses, numerous plenary, concurrent, and poster presentations, several panel discussions, educational and training workshop opportunities, vendor exhibits/displays, and other special sessions. Many of the sessions will be shared between the three locations as time permits.

The Albuquerque component of the 6th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

The conference occurs every three years with the 5th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference held in Melbourne, Australia and Portland, Oregon, in April 2016.

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Apr
29
8:00 AM08:00

Soil Moisture and Wildfire Prediction Workshop (Register by 4/15)

The “Soil Moisture and Wildfire Prediction Workshop” will be held in association with the 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference hosted by the International Association of Wildland Fire. There is still an opportunity to join us April 29, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM. Please see the agenda below.

 If you’d still like to register, please do so by 04/15/19 using the following link: http://albuquerque.firebehaviorandfuelsconference.com/registration/. If you elect to only attend this workshop, under Conference Registration, there is an option for Workshop Attendance Only where you can select the workshop. A $20 registration fee will be assessed at that time.

 Please feel free to reach out to matthew.levi@uga.edu with any questions.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque!



Soil Moisture and Wildfire Prediction Workshop

April 29, 2019 (8:50 am – 6 pm)

In association with the 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference hosted by the International Association of Wildland Fire

Contacts: Matt Levi – Assistant Professor; University of Georgia; matthew.levi@uga.edu

Windy Kelley – Extension Program Coordinator; USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub; wkelley1@uwyo.edu

Emile Elias; Director – USDA Southwest Climate Hub; Emile.Elias@ARS.USDA.GOV

Tyson Ochsner; Associate Professor – Oklahoma State University; tyson.ochsner@okstate.edu

Location: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque (505-842-1234) 330 Tijeras NW Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 87102

Focus: Soil moisture modeling, wildfire danger modeling, Climate Adaptation Science Center project on wildfire probability mapping, Soil MERGE (SMERGE) soil moisture project

Objectives:

Identify science and management needs from the fire community and soil moisture community related to modeling, risk assessment, planning, and decision support tools. Find synergy between groups and link similar projects to existing Soil MERGE (SMERGE) and Climate Adaptation Science Center projects by learning and discussing current trends and status of:

• Wildfire occurrence, impacts, and response

• Fire modeling and fire danger ratings

• Soil moisture monitoring and modeling

• Linkages between soil moisture, fuel moisture, and wildfire

Participants will identify opportunities for soil moisture monitoring and modeling to benefit fire modeling and fire danger rating for the sake of improved wildfire preparedness and response.

Geographic focus: Rio Grande River Basin, Red River Basin, Southwestern and South Central US

Format: Interactive 1–day workshop. Select speakers will discuss the ‘state’ of the science and practice and small group discussions will identify stakeholder needs.

Agenda

8:00 – 8:50 am – Registration / informal greetings / coffee and snacks

8:50 am (10 mins) Welcome and objectives of workshop (Matt Levi, University of Georgia)

9:00 am (10 mins) – Welcome to IAWF (Tom Zimmerman, conference chair and International Association of Wildland Fire past president)

9:10 am (10 mins) – Intro to the USDA Climate Hub & SMERGE Collaboration (Dannele Peck, USDA-ARS)

9:20 am (10 mins) – Overview of wildfire probability mapping project (Matt Levi, University of Georgia)

9:30 am (15 mins) – Interactive introductions

9:45 am (45 mins) – Bringing fire and soil moisture worlds together: Current trends in wildfire occurrence, impacts, and response and current status of fire modeling and fire danger ratings (Tim Brown, Desert Research Institute)

10:30 am (30 mins) – Break

11:00 am (45 mins) – Organize into small groups for guided discussion (soil moisture / fire management) Reports from small groups will be discussed interactively

11:45 am (45 mins) – Regional perspective of wildfire trends Southwestern and South Central US (Doug Cram, New Mexico State University)

12:30 pm (60 mins) – Lunch

1:30 pm (45 mins) – Current status of soil moisture monitoring and modeling and introduction to SMERGE (Wade Crow, USDA–ARS)

2:15 pm (30 mins) – Recent contributions related to soil moisture – wildfire relationships (Tyson Ochsner, Oklahoma State University)

2:45 pm (30 mins) – Break (snacks/coffee)

3:15 pm (75 mins) – Organize into small groups for discussion on “What are some opportunities for soil moisture monitoring and modeling to benefit applied fire modeling and fire danger rating? What are some of the main obstacles?” Reports from small groups will be discussed interactively

4:30 pm (30 mins) – Large group discussion and synthesis

5:00 (15 mins) – Concluding remarks and opportunities for continued interaction

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Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

Carson National Forest Plan Revision Wednesday Open House

  • Carson National Forest Supervisors Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

These meetings are informal opportunities for the public to:

  • Meet with Carson NF plan revision team members

  • Learn about the forest planning process

  • Learn what steps the Carson NF is currently working on

  • Discuss issues that will be addressed by the plan

  • Learn about upcoming public collaboration opportunities and how to get involved

Carson NF Supervisor’s Office

208 Cruz Alta Rd. Taos, NM 87571

Wednesday, April 17th, 12:00—2:00 PM

Wednesday, May 15th, 12:00—2:00 PM

Wednesday, June 12th, 12:00—2:00 PM

Forest Plan Revision Process

The Carson NF is revising our current forest plan to address needed management changes so that the forest can provide forest resources and benefits for present day use and future generations. We have completed an early draft plan, including alternatives. An official draft plan and draft environmental impact statement will be released soon. We will be asking the public to provide formal comments on both.

For more information or to provide input:

www.fs.usda.gov/goto/carsonforestplan • (575) 758-6221 • carsonplan@fs.fed.us

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Apr
3
3:00 PM15:00

Workshop: Finding Common Ground Regarding the Role of Wildfire in Northern New Mexico Landscapes

April 3rd, 3:00-6:00 PM | Santa Fe, NM | The Santa Fe Convention Center

Save the date for a workshop based on the recent report "A Statement of Common Ground Regarding the Role of Wildfire in Forested Landscapes of the Western United States". The workshop will closely examine the report with the expertise of one of the co-investigators, Craig Allen, as well as scientists Tom Swetnam, Ellis Margolis, Jens Stevens, and Matt Hurteau. Group conversation will be facilitated by former city council member and Santa Fe community leader, Rosemary Romero.

The working group who produced this report sought to identify, and partly explain, areas of scientific common ground and divergence among fire researchers, focusing specifically on dry conifer forests, in support of informing high-quality public discourse, policy, and management. The workshop will address similar issues among researchers and land managers specific to the Santa Fe area. 

To RSVP visit: https://www.santafefireshed.org/eventscalendar/commongroundworkshop

Read the report here:  https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/featured/fire-research-consensus

Stay tuned for a half-day agenda that will include group dialogue and interactive break out sessions. 

If you have questions call: Eytan at (505)-470-0185 or Gabe at (509)-844-3048

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Taos Ski Valley Speaker Series: Fire, Water, and Jobs in the Forest
Mar
27
4:45 PM16:45

Taos Ski Valley Speaker Series: Fire, Water, and Jobs in the Forest

Moderated by Laura McCarthy - State Forester of New Mexico - there will be a dialogue with several organizations that manage fire, protect water and create jobs in the forest. More info: Panel members will include Collin Haffey of the Nature Conservancy, Gabe Donaldson of the TNC TREX program, JR Logan of the Taos Economic Development Corp, Renee Romero of Taos Pueblo and Jack Lewis of the USDA Forest Service. This diverse panel will provide a variety of perspectives on Forestry Health, a subject that is critical to our future. This event is free, but space is limited, so your RSVP at anee.ward@skitaos.com is appreciated.

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Mar
8
2:00 PM14:00

Watershed Health, Forest Management, and You!

  • New Mexico Highlands University Student Union, Room 321 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Come an learn how watershed health is measured and monitored and what role active forest management plays in having a healthy watershed. What can you do to improve your local watershed and help contribute to managing our local natural resources in a sustainable manner?

Presented by Amina Sena, Restoration Monitoring Manager with the NM Forest and watershed Restoration Institute.

For more information contact rfernandez@hermitspeakwatersheds.org

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Jan
16
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: Residential and Community Strategies to Prevent Wildland Fire Smoke Exposures

Webinar Announcement!

January 16, 2019 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. MT presented by Dr. Tony Ward
REGISTER HERE! *

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Wildfires create significant smoke impacts to communities near and downwind of the wildfire events.  This webinar will provide a discussion on ways to prevent wildfire smoke exposures, including both residential strategies (including air filtration units) as well as community strategies (such as clean air shelters). JOIN US!

About the Presenter:Dr. Tony Ward is a Professor and Chair of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana. He has both a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Science, and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry. His research focuses on investigating indoor and ambient inhalational exposures (including emissions from wood stoves and smoke from wildland fires).

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Jun
26
to Jun 28

Mapping Community Assets to Build Wildfire Resilience

Join us in learning about community asset mapping, a collaborative strategy to build local capacity to live well in fire-prone landscapes.  Leave with the understanding and tools needed to inspire the creative initiative of community members where they live and work.

The 2.5-day workshop in Santa Fe will cover basic principles of community asset mapping, perspectives on engaging productively with the social diversity of your community, and how to develop asset-based strategies that are appropriate to your situation.  You will have opportunities to share your experiences and ideas with other participants and to develop a unique action plan for putting what you learn into immediate practice.

The workshop is appropriate for everyone.  No specific prior knowledge or experience is needed.  While the workshop will emphasize fire adaptation and resilience, community asset mapping is useful for addressing other community planning challenges.

Workshop topics include: 

  • The roles of community assets (strengths) and deficits (needs) in local action
  • Techniques for identifying and working with community assets

  • Creating and using community asset maps in an action-planning process

  • Fundamentals of relationship-building to support collaboration 

  • Where community asset mapping fits in building community resilience

The workshop facilitator is Jana Carp, a community engagement consultant with 20 years of experience in asset-based community development in North Carolina and Northern California.  She was hired by The Nature Conservancy in 2016 to work with the Fire Learning Network in testing and gaining insights from using an asset-based lens to work with rural, fire-prone communities and leverage their assets to increase resilience to wildfire.  Jana’s blogs on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network website, like this one, describe that work.

To ensure a productive workshop, attendance will be limited to 30 participants. Workshop organizers will strive for a diverse group of participants (geographically, experience, profession etc.). Registration will close at 5:00pm on Friday June 1st. To express your interest in attending, please complete the form below. If you have questions or issues with the form below, please email matt@forestguild.org. Additional information about the workshop will be shared with participants when the participant list is finalized on June 8th. 

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New Mexico Wildland Urban Fire Summit
Apr
10
to Apr 12

New Mexico Wildland Urban Fire Summit

The Wildland Urban Fire (WUF) Summit is one of New Mexico’s largest events designed to discuss and prepare the state for wildfires, including the impending 2018 wildfire season. The theme for this year’s WUF Summit is “Collaborative Community Action” and this topic will be highlighted throughout the two-day summit. There will be three concurrent track themes focusing on technical, How does it work?, collaborative, Who can I work with?, and action, What can I do? On Wednesday, April 11, attendees will participate in a field trip to the Santa Fe Watershed, Gonzales Road, Firewise Communities, Hyde Park, Santa Fe Ski Basin, and Tesuque and end the day with a community networking reception. Local government leaders, fire and emergency responders, businesses, and community members are encouraged to attend.

 

Online registration is $75 until April 9
On-site registration is $85 on April 10
Exhibitor registration is $150/$100 for non-profits 

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