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Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team


Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

400 N 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 732-7800

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FERA Research Update May 2009

This FERA Research Update is intended to provide the fire management and fire science communities with information about current research conducted by the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA).

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UNASYLVA Journal Publishes Paper on Adapting to Climate Change in United States National Forests

Unasylva, an international journal on forestry and forest resources, recently published a 5-page review of climate change adaptation options in the United States. It offers practical information to help resource managers adapt their forest management goals and practices to expected climate change impacts. David L. Peterson is one of nine authors of this work. An electronic version is available at Enter this address in your browser.

Ernesto Alvarado Accepts Position as Associate Professor of Wildland Fire Science

Dr. Ernesto Alvarado, a long-time FERA team member, has been named Associate Professor in Wildland Fire Science in the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington effective July 1, 2009. Ernesto teaches courses on Wildland Fire Management and Fire Ecology. He has conducted research on wildland fire science topics in Alaska, the western states, the Brazilian Amazon, Mexico, and Bolivia. His research interest includes a variety of topics in forest fire sciences, fire ecology, fire regimes, fire management, prescribed fires, biomass combustion, smoke and GHG emissions, climate change, tropical forestry, landscape ecology, international forestry, and modeling. Ernesto also collaborates on fire fighter training in the U.S. and Latin America.

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Outreach Announcement for Research Ecologist

FERA is conducting an outreach to find interested candidates for the position of Research Ecologist (permanent, full-time) to be located at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab in Seattle, Washington. Duties include developing a program of research that addresses current scientific and management issues in fire ecology and fuels science in the United States including techniques for fuel reduction at small scales, planning approaches for fuel reduction at large scales, fuel succession over time, and management of natural fuels and harvest-created fuels.

Individuals interested in this position and want to receive a copy of the vacancy announcement should complete and submit the outreach form available no later than June 1, 2009. Applicants must be U.S. citizens to be considered.

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McKenzie and Kennedy Present at Landscape Ecology Meeting

Don McKenzie and Maureen Kennedy both presented papers on April 13 at the annual meeting of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, U.S. chapter, in Snowbird, Utah. McKenzie presented “Does the web have a Weaver? Mechanisms behind scaling laws in fire regimes,” which summarized the properties of scaling laws in fire regimes across the West and how they may be associated with fine-scale controls such as topography or spatial variability in fuels. Kennedy presented “A neutral model replicates correlated spatial patterns in fire history records”, which elaborated on scaling laws in spatially correlated patterns of fire occurrence and how they can be tied to topographic controls using neutral landscape models.  

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Fieldwork Begins on the Butte Falls Blowdown Study

Fieldwork began this month on the southern Oregon Butte Falls Blowdown site, in the Medford District of the Oregon Bureau of Land Management. This is the initial phase of a multiyear study to evaluate change in fire hazard among the treatment options of leaving blowdown as it fell, salvage logging with lop and scatter, and salvage logging with pile and burn. FERA’s Morris Johnson and Jessica Halofsky are collaborating on this study.

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Technical Fire Management Course

Morris Johnson, Don McKenzie, Roger Ottmar, and Susan Prichard taught sections in the Fire Effects Module of Technical Fire Management (TFM) held in Bothell, Washington May 4-14, 2009. FERA team leader Dave Peterson was the coordinator for the two-week Fire Effects curriculum. TFM is an intensive, six-module educational program hosted by Washington Institute for mid-career fire managers in the federal agencies.

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Training on Software Tools Continues across the Country

An active schedule of training fire and fuels managers on FERA’s software tools continued over the past two months. Stops included 1-day workshops for the Department of the Army (southeastern states and Hawaii) in Georgia, the Utah office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Salt Lake City, and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington. Upcoming training will be given through an RX-410 Smoke Management Course in Tennessee, and to BLM and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees in Lewistown, Montana.


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