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Hayman Fire Science Symposium: Lessons Learned After Ten Years of Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Restoration

Logo for the Hayman Fire Science Symposium.
Logo for the Hayman Fire Science Symposium.
The Hayman Fire started on June 8, 2002, 95 miles southwest of Denver, CO. It quickly grew to become the largest fire in recorded Colorado history, burning almost 140,000 acres. The 10th anniversary of the Hayman Fire in June 2012, in conjunction with the National Forest Foundation’s Hayman Restoration Partnership, provided a timely opportunity to convene research scientists with land managers, planners, conservation organizations, and interested community members. The Hayman Fire Science Symposium: Lessons Learned After Ten Years of Recovery, Rehabilitation, & Restoration, held on June 21, 2012, highlighted research and learning that can benefit future decisions about wildfire mitigation and restoration.

Topic covered during the symposium included Hayman wildfire behavior; fire impacts on watersheds, plant communities, and wildlife; and ongoing post-fire restoration activities. Presenters and talks are listed below. Supporting sponsors and partners of the symposium included: National Forest Foundation, Joint Fire Science Program, Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Coalition for the Upper South Platte, Pike National Forest, and Colorado Forest Restoration Institute.

Forest understory on a severely burned ridgetop one month after the 2002 Hayman Fire (top; photo by Merrill Kaufmann) and 10 years later (bottom; photo by Paula Fornwalt).
Forest understory on a severely burned ridgetop one month after the 2002 Hayman Fire (top; photo by Merrill Kaufmann) and 10 years later (bottom; photo by Paula Fornwalt).

Setting the Stage

  • The historical and current role of fire in the Colorado Front Range (Merrill Kaufmann, Research Forest Ecologist Emeritus, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)

  • Fire behavior during the Hayman Fire (Mark Finney, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)

Watershed Impacts: Burn Severity, Erosion, Runoff, and Water Quality

  • Soil burn severity (Pete Robichaud, Research Engineer, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)

  • Postfire runoff and erosion (Joe Wagenbrenner, Engineer, and Pete Robichaud, Research Engineer, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)

  • Short- and long-term geomorphic change and recovery (Lee MacDonald, Professor, Colorado State University, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship)

  • Water quality — part I (Deb Entwistle, Hyrdrologist, USDA Forest Service, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest)

  • Water quality — part II (Derek Pierson, Chemist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)

  • Managing water after the fire — part I (Don Kennedy, Environmental Scientist, Denver Water)

  • Managing water after the fire — part II (Mike McHugh, Environmental Permitting Coordinator, Aurora Water)

Human-Hayman Interactions

  • The social science side of fire and fuels management (Julie Schaefers, Social Scientist and Carrie Tremblatt, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region)

Ecological Responses: Vegetation and Wildlife

  • Native and exotic understory plant dynamics (Paula Fornwalt, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)

  • A woodpecker’s perspective of the Hayman Fire (Natasha Carr, Ecologist, US Geological Society)

  • Riparian small mammal communities (Craig Hansen, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service)

  • Pawnee montane skipper populations (John Sovell, Invertebrate Zoologist and Ecologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program and Colorado State University; Mikele Painter, Wildlife Biologist, USDA Forest Service Pike and San Isabel National Forests)

Hayman Restoration

  • Restoring the Watershed (Dave Rosgen, Hydrologist, Wildland Hydrology)

  • Ephemeral channel stabilization (Eric Billmeyer, Research Director, Rocky Mountain Field Institute)

  • Watershed restoration (Dana Butler, Hydrologist, USDA Forest Service, Pike-San Isabel National Forest)

  • Reforesting severely burned areas following the Hayman Fire (Bob Post, Forester, USDA Forest Service, Pike-San Isabel National Forest)

Concluding Remarks

  • Looking backward, looking forward (Sam Foster, Station Director retired, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)
Dates: 
June 21, 2012 - 08:00 am MDT
Location: 
Denver, CO