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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




FERA Research Update October 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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Handpile Biomass Estimator Now Available Online

Clint Wright, along with University of Washington cooperator Paige Eagle, developed an online tool that managers can use to estimate the biomass of hand-piled fuels and the emissions produced when they are burned. As the burning of such piles becomes more common and widespread, this calculator offers a way for managers to more effectively manage the smoke that is generated.

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Issue of Fire Management Today Focuses on Fire Research

The September 2009 issue of the Forest Service magazine Fire Management Today includes two articles on FERA fire and fuels management tools. “A Suite of Fire, Fuels, and Smoke Management Tools” by Roger Ottmar, Clint Wright, and Susan Prichard is an overview of tools for fire and fuels planning to manage smoke. “Fuel Treatment Guidebook: Illustrating Treatment Effects on Fire Hazard” introduces a guidebook that can assist decision making about fuel treatments while considering desired future conditions.

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Workshop on Integrating Ecological and Fuel Management

Morris Johnson attended the Pacific Northwest Research Station’s “Creating Stand-Level Prescriptions to Integrate Ecological & Fuel Management Objectives for Dry Forests of the Eastern Cascade Range” workshop in Redmond, OR October 13-15, 2009. Funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, it was designed to bring together practitioners from multiple disciplines to discuss and develop stand-level prescriptions that further conservation of the northern spotted owl and to integrate ecological and fuel management objectives for dry forest restoration in the eastern Cascades of Washington, Oregon and California. 

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Characterizing Sources of Emissions from Wildland Fires
This chapter in the Elsevier book "Wildland Fires and Air Pollution" describes the process of characterizing emissions and reviews the knowledge and predictive models available for performing the calculations. Authors are Roger Ottmar and David Sandberg of the FERA team, and Ana Isabel Miranda of the University of Aveiro in Portugal.

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Western Mountain Initiative Annual Meeting Held in Santa Fe

Don McKenzie and Dave Peterson attended the annual coordination meeting of the Western Mountain Initiative (WMI) in Santa Fe, NM.  WMI is a consortium of USGS, Forest Service, and university scientists who are studying the effects of climatic variability and change on mountain ecosystems in the western United States.  A new five-year phase of WMI focuses on syntheses of empirical data, integration across resource areas, and modeling of expected changes in resource condition due to a warmer climate.

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Wildlife and Climate Change Workshops Held on the Olympic Peninsula

Jessica Halofsky and Dave Peterson convened workshops on the effects of climate change on the vulnerability and adaptability of wildlife on the Olympic Peninsula, as part of the Westwide Climate Initiative.  A small group of scientists worked with resource managers from Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park to determine vulnerability of resources to a warmer climate and to develop adaptation options.  These were the third set of of four workshop topics focused on a Forest Service-National Park Service collaboration to develop a climate change action plan for the Olympic Peninsula.
The results of this process, combined with those of two other national forests in the western U.S., will be extended for broader application across other landscapes and ownerships.

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