FHM Working Group Meeting Agenda

  February 9-12, 2004
Sedona Hilton, Sedona, AZ
Working on it!

Welcome to your 10th annual Forest Health Monitoring Working Group meeting. We hope you find this to be a productive forum for open discussion regarding our country’s most important forest health issues.

Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) is a national program designed to determine the status, changes, and trends in indicators of forest condition on an annual basis. The FHM program reports on these conditions using data from ground plots and surveys, aerial surveys, and other biotic and abiotic data sources. We also develop analytical approaches to address forest health issues that affect the sustainability of forest ecosystems. FHM covers all forested lands through a partnership involving USDA Forest Service, State Foresters, and other state and federal agencies and academic groups.

Major FHM activities:

• Detection Monitoring - nationally standardized aerial and ground surveys to evaluate status and change in condition of forest ecosystems;

• Evaluation Monitoring - projects to determine extent, severity, and causes of undesirable changes in forest health identified through Detection Monitoring;

• Intensive Site Monitoring - to enhance understanding of cause-effect relationships;

• Research on Monitoring Techniques - to develop or improve indicators, monitoring systems, and analytical techniques; and

• Analysis and Reporting – synthesis of information from various data sources to produce issue-driven reports on status and change in forest health at National, Regional, and State levels.

Monday, February 9

Travel Day
PM — Registration — Jim Brown
Canyon Ballroom Foyer

5:00 - 9:00 pm — Poster Set-Up Dan Stratton
Canyon Ballroom B

7:00 pm — Ozone Focus Group Meeting (abstracts) — Dan Stratton, Moderator
Oak Creek Canyon Meeting Room John Simpson, Recorder

Tuesday, February 10

Lisa Fischer, Moderator
Jane Cummings-Carlson, Recorder

7:00 am - 5:00 pm — Registration Jim Brown

9:00 am - 5:00 pm — Poster Viewing Dan Stratton, Coordinator

8:00 am — Welcome Matt Ryan

8:15 am — Workshop Objectives Keith Sprengel

8:30 am — Panel Presentation: Drought, Bark Beetles and Fire Tom DeGomez, Moderator
Historic, Current and Projected Weather Patterns Julio Betancourt
Dendrochronology and Disturbance Tom Swetnam
Pine Mortality – Fire and Bark Beetles Mike Wagner
Disturbance and Impacts to PJ Forests Neil Cobb
Impacts to High Elevation Forests of the SW Ann Lynch (unavailable)

10:30 am — Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

11:00 am — FHM Program Update Borys Tkacz, Robert Mangold

11:30 am — Urban Forest Health Monitoring Dan Twardus

12:00 – 1:00 pm — Lunch

Jim Brown, Moderator
Mike Schomaker, Recorder

1:00 pm — Native American Forestry Perspectives Dr. Ron Trosper

1:30 pm — Monitoring Bark Beetle Population Trends Barbara Bentz

2:00 pm — Loss of Biodiversity and Unexpected Consequences of Record Drought Tom Whitham (unavailable)

2:30 pm — Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

3:00 pm — Fire Effects Assessment Using FIA Data in the Northern and Central Rocky Mountains David Atkins, Michael Wilson, Terrie Jain, Renee O’Brien & Ralph Their

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm — Regional Highlights FHM Regional Coordinators
West Coast Allison Nelson
Interior West Ralph Thier
South Jim Brown
Northwest by Jim Steinamn
Northcentral Manfred Mielke

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm — Awards Reception Borys Tkacz, Pat Reid
Tequa Ballroom

Wednesday, February 11

Jane Cummings-Carlson, Moderator
Jesse Rios, Recorder

7:00 am – 5:00 pm — Poster Viewing Dan Stratton, Coordinator

8:00 am — Previous Resolutions Borys Tkacz

8:30 am — Risk Map Overview Dave Heinzen & Jim Steinman

9:00 am – 12:30 pm — Concurrent Focus Groups Karen Ripley, Coordinator
National Riparian Monitoring Protocol Mary Manning, & Greg Reams
Development – John Day Basin Pilot (Jeri Lyn Harris, Recorder)
A Partnership Between FHM and PNW FIA

Urban Monitoring
Dan Twardus (Anne Cumming, Recorder)

Risk Map – The Revised National Risk Map for Insects and Diseases Dave Heinzen & Jim Steinman (Randy Morin, Recorder)

Weeds David Thomas

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm — Lunch

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm — Concurrent Focus Groups Continued Karen Ripley, Coordinator

Analysis and Reporting Jim Steinman (Paul Rogers, Recorder)

Intensive Site Monitoring Paul Dunn (Mike Amacher, Recorder)

Invasives Mary Ellen Dix

Aerial Survey and Survey Doug Daoust (Bobbe Fitzgibbon, Recorder)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm — SOD Status and Outlook Frank Sapio, Moderator
Canyon Ballroom A
Eastern USA Steve Oak
Western USA Susan Frankel

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — COLE (Carbon Online Estimation) Demonstration Patrick Proctor
Dry Creek Canyon

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Take Down Posters

Thursday, February 12

Mike Blumenthal, Moderator
Don Eggen, Recorder

8:00 am — Focus Group Reports and Resolutions

9:30 am — Coffee Break

10:00 am — Poster Awards

10:15 am — Focus Group Reports and Resolutions Continued

11:00 am — Regional Breakout Groups

12:00 – 12:30 pm — Lunch

12:30 pm – 5:30 pm — Optional Field Trip – Drought, Bark Beetles & Fire

12:30 pm — Depart Sedona for Upper Oak Creek Canyon

1:00 pm — Pine Flats Campground – Bark Beetle Mitigation Work

1:45 pm — Oak Creek Canyon Overlook – View Ponderosa Pine, Spruce and Fir Mortality

2:45 pm — Tour Summit Fire District Forest Health/Fuels Reduction Project

3:30 pm — San Francisco Peaks Piňon Mortality Tour

5:15 pm — Arrive Sedona

Forest Health Monitoring Regions map