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Geo-Fencing Summit

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Summit hosts: Matt Reeves – Rocky Mountain Research Station and  Dwayne Rice – Region 2 Rangeland Program Manager

Background: Geo-fencing provides some unique advantages over conventional fencing approaches. This is especially true when we consider the devastation to fencing, and other rangeland infrastructure, caused by wildfires. Geo-fencing is increasingly used with public land grazing leases, but the cost-effectiveness of geo-fencing and common challenges are not well understood. Issues such as cost-effectiveness, environmental concerns, animal welfare, and system efficacy remain unclear.

In this Summit, we provide a forum for producers, managers, and USDA Forest Service agency leadership to share their insights, successes, and failures while answering questions in the process. Geo-fencing may have a significant role to play in the future of public land management. In this Summit, we provide a backdrop against which we can come to some common understanding of what the technology affords including the considerations needed prior to implementation.

Summit Scope & Components: The objective is to enable Summit participants to learn from the real-world experience provided by managers, agency leaders, and producers. In this Summit, we discuss geo-fencing through a series of coupled 20-minute presentations followed by a 30-minute live question-and-answer session. In this manner, we aim to engage participants from a wide range of experiences and disciplines.

Deliverables & Benefits:

  • The meeting itself. It provides an important means of information exchange where we can all learn from each other.
  • Recorded 20-minute presentations that can be revisited remotely anytime.
  • Identification of new partnerships between producers, managers, and researchers to foster more effective land management strategies to be developed across more regions.
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Society for Range Management 2023 Meeting

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This year’s annual conference will be in Boise, ID.

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Wildfire Resilient Structures (WiReS) Conference and Tradeshow

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The Wildfire Resilient Structures (WiReS) conference addresses the WUI fire risk problems inherent to the built environment to support resilient and equitable communities. With a shared goal of implementation through education, the WiReS conference will make local, regional, and state impact through the presentation and promotion of applied science, knowledge, and technology advancements to Decision Makers.

Location: Mission Valley, San Diego, California
Venue & Hotel Name: Town and Country Resort

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10th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress

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The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) is excited to announce that the 10th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress will be held December 4-8, 2023 in Monterey, California at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel. The Call for Proposals will open in January 2023.

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Native Seed Conference 2023

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The National Native Seed Conference connects Research, Industry, Land Management, and Restoration professionals, providing the premier opportunity to develop relationships and share information about the collection, research and development, production, and use of native plant materials.

The 2023 National Native Seed Conference is dedicated to the science, practice, and policy of producing and effectively using native seed. The conference supports the America the Beautiful Executive Order, National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Conference sessions will cover several topics, including:

  • Wild seed collection
  • Seed production
  • Industry opportunities and best practices
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Evaluation and Research
  • Seed Partnerships
  • Wildlife and Pollinators
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2023 Wildland Urban Interface Conference

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7th Annual SageCon Summit

The Oregon SageCon Partnership met November 2-3, 2022, in Burns, Oregon. You can access presentations, resources, and recordings using the link provided.

Summit Themes

  • Connect local, state, and federal partners working toward resilient rangelands in southeastern Oregon and across the Great Basin.
  • Share information, ideas and resources to leverage our collective knowledge, with an emphasis on strategies for addressing invasive annual grasses in our rangelands.
  • Inspire action and support collaborative efforts in 2023 and beyond.
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17th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

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As it is already set by tradition, the Conference in Coimbra, Portugal, aims to provide an up to date on the developments in forest fire science and technology and an opportunity to meet persons and institutions, to promote international cooperation in this research and management area.

Following its previous editions, the scope of this Conference will cover the main topics related to fire management in a research perspective. There will be six major themes for you to present your work, each of them with several sub-topics, that you can find here on the website. The themes are related to Fire at the Wildland Urban Interface, Fire Risk Management, Decision Support Systems and Tools, Fire Management, Fuel Management and Socio Economic Issues. These themes are not restricted and we are open to other subjects that are proposed, as well.

Two courses, the VI Short Course on Fire Safety and the IX Short Course on Forest Fire Behaviour, will be held before the Conference, as related but separate events.

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2022 Wildfire Prevention Summit

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Our lineup of fire safety experts examine the current wildfire situation and share their insight on the critical need to transition from fire suppression to proactive wildfire prevention.

A distinguished group of more than two dozen speakers presented at this year’s Summit, representing federal and state government agencies, as well as fire safety experts from the private sector, including representatives from the utility, transportation, and insurance industries.

Fire safety professionals from around the world who are involved in wildfire protection and prevention were encouraged to attend this summit.

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Investing in Forest Infrastructure Virtual Conference

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The Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership and Montana Forest Collaboration Network will cohost the 2022 virtual conference Investing in Forest Infrastructure. The Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act was signed into law on November 15, 2021. Title VIII of the Act includes appropriations for legacy roads and trails, wildfire risk reduction, ecosystem restoration, and Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership. The conference explores priorities stipulated by Congress, the role of collaborative groups in implementation, and expectations for the outcomes of the investments.

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