Nydick, K, and C. Sydoriak. 2011. Alternative futures for fire management under a changing climate. 2011. Park Science 28(1):44-47.
The Alternative Fire Management Futures Initiative is the first test of the Strategic Framework for Science in Support of Management in the Southern Sierra Nevada Ecoregion. The goal of this project is to develop critical information, processes, and tools to evaluate and create realistic and flexible fire management objectives based on plausible future environmental conditions in the Southern Sierra Nevada Ecoregion. The project is a collaboration among resource managers, fire managers, and scientists and uses a landscape approach. We combine existing tools (scenario planning, climate change vulnerability assessment, a climate change adaptation “toolbox,” and structured decision making) to provide both qualitative strategic and spatially explicit operational management decision support. Results from this project will provide inputs to a National Park Service (NPS) resource stewardship strategy and NPS and U.S. Forest Service fire management plans.