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Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team


Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

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Seattle, WA 98103

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FERA Research Update June 2011

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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arrowNE Oregon FCCS Mapping Project Begins

Fire and land managers in the national forests of northeastern Oregon gathered in Baker City on May 12th to begin development of current and potential Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) fuelbeds in northeastern Oregon. Many fuelbeds previously developed for the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests will be adapted, with a change of species, in this current project. Areas to be mapped include portions of the Umatilla, Malheur, and Wallowa-Whitman national forests. FERA's Roger Ottmar is coordinating the work.

This project is a joint effort between the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region and the Pacific Northwest Research Station.


arrowInternational Fire Research Addressed by Ernesto Alvarado at South Africa Meeting

FERA’s Ernesto Alvarado attended the Wildfire 2011 conference held in Sun City, South Africa from 9-13 of May 2011. He chaired two sessions, “Mitigation, Wildfire Risk Reduction and Vulnerability” and “Indigenous Fire Management.” He also gave an oral presentation on integration and application of traditional ecological knowledge and modern science for wildland fire management in U.S. tribal lands, and co-authored a presented paper, “Lessons Learned on Fire Management in Indigenous Communities of Bolivia.”

During this same trip, Dr. Alvarado visited Rostenburg to participate in a workshop on global modeling of fuel consumption. Scientists from 11 countries covered topics such as continental differences in fuel consumption and their main drivers; ecological insight;  data availability; modeling techniques; knowledge gaps; and key fuel consumption. Participants in the workshop represented fuel consumption work in savannas, tropical deforestation, shrublands, temperate and boreal forests, satellite retrievals, and modeling. The workshop was organized by Dr. Guido van der Werf from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

arrowU.S. National Forests Adapt to Climate Change through Science-Management Partnerships

Developing appropriate management options for adapting to climate change is a new challenge for land managers, and integration of climate change concepts into operational management and planning on United States national forests is just starting. FERA's David L. Peterson, along with collaborators Jeremy Littell, Connie Millar, and Kathy O'Halloran, established science–management partnerships on the Olympic National Forest and Tahoe National Forest describe that process in this paper published by the journal Climatic Change.



arrowWorkshop Approach for Developing Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and Actions for Natural Resource Management Agencies in the United States

Concrete ways to adapt to climate change are needed to help land-management agencies take steps to incorporate climate change into management and take advantage of opportunities to balance the negative effects of climate change.This Journal of Forestry paper offers an example of a successful workshop, focused on National Forests in the United States, which allowed quick dissemination of ideas and strategies for climate change adaptation in resource management through an interaction between scientists and managers. Coauthors include FERA's David L. Peterson and Jessica Halofsky, along with Forest Service Research partners Mike Furniss, Linda Joyce, Connie Millar, and Ron Neilson.



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