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POSTPONED: Fire Management 24/7/365 has been postponed until November 16–19, 2020, due to concerns over the coronavirus. See below for more information.

 

Fire Management 24/7/365:

A Training Workshop on the Mitigation of Wildfire Risk in Mixed-Conifer Forests of California

November 16–19, 2020   •   Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center

 

 

[POSTED MARCH 9, 2020] • Because of the rapidly changing coronavirus situation, we have decided to postpone the Fire Management 24/7/365 Training Workshop until November 16–19, 2020.  (The training workshop was originally scheduled for April 20–23.)  We have taken this decision out of concern over the safety of all attendees. 

The program for the training workshop is largely complete, and our plan is to take the current program, pick it up, and drop it into the November time slot as intact as possible. FYI, November 16-19 is the Monday–Thursday during the week before Thanksgiving.  The training workshop will still take place at the Radisson Fresno.  You can review the detailed program by clicking the link at the left.

  • Please save the dates November 16–19. 

  • If you have already registered for the workshop, we will be in touch with you shortly with options.

  • If you have already reserved a sleeping room at the Radisson Fresno, the hotel has transferred your reservations to the same days/dates in the November period.  If you prefer to cancel and rebook later, please call the hotel’s reservations department at 1-559-233-6650 and identify yourself as a Fire Management 24/7/365 Training Workshop attendee.

  • If you are a presenter in one of the workshop sessions, we hope you’ll be available November 16–19 to present in the training workshop at that time.  We’ll be in touch with you shortly to discuss your availability.

 

We will be posting updates to this webpage and will also be in touch via email as things progress.

 

Please don’t hesitate to communicate directly with Dave Harmon, the GWS Executive Director, if you have any questions: dharmon@georgewright.org or 906-487-9722.

The original training workshop announcement follows.

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Fire Management 24/7/365 is an interdisciplinary training workshop designed to increase the cooperative use of prescribed fire and other fuels treatments in California’s mixed-conifer forest ecosystems. Using ideas from attendees that are supported by existing information products (such as maps, data layers, etc.), the training workshop will produce one or more tangible projects that fulfill this aim. 

Fire Management 24/7/365 will provide a platform for you to collaboratively develop solutions that are based on sound science, account for new ecosystem realities, and address your specific fire management problems and priorities—from site to landscape scales. The training workshop will advance the President‘s Executive Order on Wildfire Risk, which directs federal agencies to share and coordinate management priorities and increase active management of federal lands.

 

If you deal with or are interested in wildfire-related issues in California’s mixed-conifer ecosystems — whether as a manager, researcher, administrator, concerned citizen, or student —  plan to join us at Fire Management 24/7/365. Modest registration fees (including a low Student Rate) and affordable hotel rooms aim to put this important training workshop within the reach of everyone.

 

Why are we doing this?

Catastrophic wildfires, sometimes called “megafires,” are more and more common in the western United States. California in particular is increasingly thought of as having a year-round (24/7/365) fire season. These megafires ignore boundaries, require prolonged and expensive interagency responses, and harm natural and cultural resources. Many agencies have developed programs designed to reduce wildfire risk, such as through the use of mechanical thinning or prescribed fire. However, these programs often are treating far fewer acres than called for in planning documents. Experienced fire scientists and managers believe it is time to reassess fire and fuels management programs.

To meet these challenges, the George Wright Society is organizing Fire Management 24/7/365, a collaborative, outcomes-focused training workshop to help practitioners, managers, and researchers from different agencies and organizations work together and with other land owners to reduce wildfire threat and restore fire-dependent mixed-conifer ecosystems in California. The workshop will be April 20–23, 2020, at the Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center.

What’s the focus? What’s the goal?

  • California’s climate is changing, and we need to reassess fire programs in California in light of this new reality

  • The focus: mixed-conifer ecosystems statewide (see map above)

  • The goal: reduce wildfire threat and restore/maintain mixed-conifer ecosystems using a landscape-level, multidisciplinary approach

 

Is it for me?

  • The training workshop is for anyone working on fire issues in the state’s mixed-conifer ecosystems: NPS, USDA-FS, BLM, Cal Fire, tribes, state parks and forests, NGOs, university researchers, students, citizens working with Fire Safe Councils, etc.

  • If you are an Indigenous person with an interest in attending, there are opportunities for travel assistance through the George Wright Society’s Indigenous Participant Travel Grant Program. Please contact GWS Executive Director Dave Harmon (dharmon@georgewright.org) for more information.

 

What will the training workshop accomplish?

  • Provide guidance for adjacent land management agencies to coordinate approaches

  • Collaboratively develop solutions that address specific fire management problems and priorities

  • Lay groundwork for new fire management plans in mixed-conifer forests

 

How will the training workshop deliver these accomplishments?

  • Current scientific/scholarly thinking on climate-informed ecosystem management

  • Executive training on effective programming and planning that accounts for real-life operational constraints

  • Peer learning

 

What will I get out of attending?

Everyone

  • The latest thinking on how climate change is affecting fire ecology and management in California

  • Ways to better collaborate with colleagues across jurisdictions and disciplines

Managers/executives/administrators

  • Techniques for using fire science to collaboratively set priorities in landscape-scale management

  • Templates for identifying staff and budget capabilities needed for a fire management program

Academics & students

  • Understanding of the elements of a fire management plan, how it is produced, and the kinds of expertise needed to produce it

  • Access to potential collaborators and mentors for future studies

  • Opportunity to publish in the journal Parks Stewardship Forum (peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed options)