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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 November 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).

To subscribe, visit or contact Ellen Eberhardt at (541)750-7481,

arrowUW and FERA Search for Forest Ecologist and Software Engineer

The University of Washington, School of Forest Resources, is advertising for a forest ecologist to assist with the integration of two commonly used models to aid in the assessment of potential changes in vegetation and fire hazard under different management and disturbance scenarios across landscapes in the western United States.

A software engineer position  is also being advertised, with duties to include providing technical expertise in designing and programming computing technology in support of a fire, fuels, and combustion research group composed of university faculty and researchers, scientists from cooperating agencies and contractors.
Work for both positions will be done under a cooperative agreement on research conducted by scientists at the School of Forest Resources and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory.

arrowDVD Short Course on Adapting to Climate Change

The U.S. Forest Service’s western research stations have released an interactive short course that presents current scientific knowledge on adapting to climate variability in wildland management. Titled “Adapting to Climate Change: A Short Course for Land Managers,” the course is available as a DVD or online at the Climate Change Resource Center. FERA's David L. Peterson is featured giving presentations on climate and stress interactions, and on case studies of adaptation on the Olympic and Tahoe national forests. (November 16, 2009)

arrow3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference to Reflect on Lessons Learned

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference to be held in Spokane, Washington October 25-29, 2010. The theme is “Learning from the Past to Help Guide Us in the Future”, and it is being sponsored by the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF). This is an early announcement, and details on the submission of papers have yet to be finalized. FERA’s Morris Johnson and Ernesto Alvarado are members of the planning committee. (November 22, 2009)

arrowResearch Update Provided to Forest Service Fuels Managers

Fuel managers from the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Region met in Portland on November 16 to go over new policy and management issues for fuels management in the national forests.  Roger Ottmar and David L. Peterson represented the FERA team and gave updates on fuels research and technology transfer. (November 23, 2009)

arrowFERA Presents at the Fire Ecology and Management Conference

FERA is gearing up to show its stuff at the 4th Fire Ecology and Management Conference in Savannah, Georgia from November 30 to December 4. On the first day, a 4 hour workshop on the suite of fire management tools will be offered, and in subsequent days members of the FERA team and its University of Washington cooperators will present 10 talks, along with posters and an exhibit. (November 22, 2009)

arrowDon McKenzie Discusses Climate Change with Forest Service Chief

Climate change and wildfire interactions was the topic of a video conference held on November 12th between FERA’s Don McKenzie and Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. With a focus on the American West, they discussed expected increases in fire under climate change scenarios, the uncertainty in how fires will interact with other ecological disturbances, a concern with uncertainty of impacts at the landscape scale, and the challenges that new climate regimes pose to wildland managers. Representatives from the Forest Service Washington Office’s Policy Analysis, Legislative Affairs, and Research and Development branches were also present. (November 22, 2009)

arrowFinal Climate Adaptation Workshop Focused on Fish

The final workshop on adapting forest management to climate change was conducted on November 17th and considered the future of fish and their habitats. FERA’s Jessica Halofsky, a University of Washington cooperator, and David L. Peterson led this process with Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park resource managers, with both the method and results to be presented for possible broader application across other landscapes. Results will become a component of the adaptation plan for both organizations. (November 23, 2009)

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