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FIELD DAYS, Chico, CA

February 1

Morning session: Biochar in the Community, Butte College Skyway Center, Chico, CA

  • Steve Feher, Sustainable Community Development Institute
  • Wolfgang Rougle, Butte County Resource Conservation District
  • Deborah Page-Dumroese, US Forest Service Research Soil Scientist
  • Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates

Afternoon session: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

  • Paul Maslin, Biochar from Burn Piles for Ecological Benefit – hands-on participation in demonstration of the techniques

February 2

  • Biochar Field Demonstration near Paradise, Butte County Fire Safe Council

February 3 (same as February 2 program)

  • Biochar Field Demonstration near Paradise, Butte County Fire Safe Council
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Virtual scoping session for BLM sage-grouse planning

The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled two virtual public meetings to gather input on issues to consider while it evaluates the need to update range-wide management plans for sagebrush habitat adopted in 2015 and amended in 2019. The agency recently announced its intent to consider amending the plans, which guide management actions for protecting the long-term health of greater sage-grouse populations in 10 Western states.

More than 70 resource management plans currently guide habitat conservation and restoration on 67 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat the bureau manages. The BLM will examine new scientific information, including the effects of stressors like climate change, invasive grasses, wildfire and drought, to assess actions that may best support sagebrush habitat conservation and restoration on public lands to benefit sage grouse and surrounding communities.

The virtual public forums are scheduled for:

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Virtual scoping sessions for BLM sage-grouse planning

The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled two virtual public meetings to gather input on issues to consider while it evaluates the need to update range-wide management plans for sagebrush habitat adopted in 2015 and amended in 2019. The agency recently announced its intent to consider amending the plans, which guide management actions for protecting the long-term health of greater sage-grouse populations in 10 Western states.

More than 70 resource management plans currently guide habitat conservation and restoration on 67 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat the bureau manages. The BLM will examine new scientific information, including the effects of stressors like climate change, invasive grasses, wildfire and drought, to assess actions that may best support sagebrush habitat conservation and restoration on public lands to benefit sage grouse and surrounding communities.

The virtual public forums are scheduled for:

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SW Climate Assessment Engagement Workshop

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Help ensure the Great Basin is included in the next National Climate Assessment!
Share your thoughts on the climate change-related issues that are most important to you in a series of virtual workshops as part of the 5th National Climate Assessment, a major U.S. government report on how climate change affects people and places in the United States. A series of workshops is scheduled to help the assessment’s authors decide which topics to cover in their chapters.
The Northwest workshop (Feb. 4, 10 am – 2:30 pm Pacific) covers an area that includes the Northern Great Basin states of Idaho and Oregon. To view the full list of public engagement workshops or to learn more about the Fifth National Climate Assessment, please visit: www.globalchange.gov/nca5

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NW National Climate Assessment Engagement Workshop

Workshop registration.

Help ensure the Great Basin is included in the next National Climate Assessment!
Share your thoughts on the climate change-related issues that are most important to you in a series of virtual workshops as part of the 5th National Climate Assessment, a major U.S. government report on how climate change affects people and places in the United States. A series of workshops is scheduled to help the assessment’s authors decide which topics to cover in their chapters.
The Northwest workshop (Feb. 1, 9:30 am – 2 pm Pacific) covers an area that includes the Northern Great Basin states of Idaho and Oregon. To view the full list of public engagement workshops or to learn more about the Fifth National Climate Assessment, please visit: www.globalchange.gov/nca5

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33rd Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Workshop

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The Western Agencies Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Workshop is a biennial meeting held in even numbered years sanctioned by WAFWA. The workshop provides a forum where leading sage and sharp-tailed grouse managers and researchers share research results, management strategies, and emerging issues in the realms of grouse management throughout North America. The 33rd Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Workshop will be hosted by Utah on August 15-18th, 2022 in Logan, Utah on the Utah State University Inn and Conference Center.

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Cross-Boundary Landscape Restoration Workshop

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The year 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of benchmark wildfires in the Southwest and Intermountain regions, most notably, the Rodeo-Chediski Fire in Arizona, the Hayman and Missionary Ridge fires in Colorado, and the Ponil Complex in New Mexico. The 2002 wildfires were unprecedented in size, intensity, duration and impact, but are now a near-annual occurrence. While western forests are disturbance-adapted, climate change and human influence is altering disturbance regimes. As partners, we need to develop and adopt rapidly evolving strategies to address drought and wildfire threats to ecosystems and the services they provide.

The Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes, along with collaborative partners, are planning the second Cross-Boundary Landscape Restoration Workshop, March 7-10, 2022 in Fort Collins, CO. This multi-agency and stakeholder gathering builds on the March 2020 Cross-Boundary Workshop, held in Albuquerque, NM.

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Fire science and management in an uncertain future: Tools and approaches for managing fire in future climates in the SW

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Workshop purpose: Identify fire science and management needs and discuss tools and approaches to natural resource assessments and adaptation strategies for fire dynamics in future climates in Southwest (DOI Regions 8 & 10 [CA, NV, AZ]) bioregions.

Take-Aways:
Provide awareness of tools needed for decision-making in an uncertain future
Generate a list of new science actions to meet fire needs for practitioners/planners in future, non-analog landscapes and communities
Suggest how we might address and accomplish these identified needs going forward
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This four-hour, virtual Summit was an abbreviated, rescheduled version of ‘Building Bridges and Solutions: Partners in Facing Fire-Science Challenges’ that was cancelled in April due to COVID-19. We assembled scientists and fire practitioners/leaders in an interagency effort to identify fire science and management needs and to discuss decision-making tools and approaches that address resource assessments and adaptation strategies for fire dynamics in future climates in the Southwest (Department of Interior [DOI] Regions 8 and 10 [CA, NV, AZ]). This overriding goal threaded together the Summit’s talks, Q&A, and break-out sessions. Speakers from various agencies, institutes, and academia focused on fire management and planning in future non-analog landscapes and climate-fire-ecosystem impact relationships in western forest (e.g., mixed-conifer, subalpine), desert (hot and cold, grassland, pinyon-juniper, sage-steppe), and Mediterranean/chaparral bioregions. Syntheses from talks, Mentimeter-conducted discussions, and break-out groups on management and actionable-science needs will be summarized in a white paper and posted on the Southwest, Great Basin, and California Fire Science Exchange websites. Let’s work together to address fire science and management in an uncertain future!

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Great Basin-Focused Events from #SRM2021

We are hosting several workshops, symposia as part of the 2021 Society for Range Management annual meeting. **You do not need to be registered for the SRM meeting to attend.

Strategic Targeted Grazing to Reduce Fine Fuels (Feb 16, 1:30-4:00 PST/2:30-5:00 MST)

The Strategic Grazing symposium was held in conjunction with the Society for Range Management Virtual Meeting. It provides updates on the Idaho and Nevada strategic grazing demonstration areas. Symposium recording.

Sagebrush Ecosystem Recovery 10+ Yrs after Treatments (Feb 17, 1:30-3:30 PST/2:30-4:30 MST)
The Sagebrush Ecosystem symposium provides Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP) updates. It was held in conjunction with the Society for Range Management Virtual Meeting. It shares what’s been learned after at least 10 years post-treatment. Symposium recording.

Big Sagebrush Restoration Status (Feb 18, 1:30-4:00 PST/2:30-5:00 MST)
The Big Sagebrush symposium was held in conjunction with the Society for Range Management Virtual Meeting. It was brought to you by the Rangeland Equipment and Technology Council (RTEC).  Symposium recording.

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Advanced burn boss workshop and fire science symposium

The Advanced Burn Boss Workshop and Fire Science Symposium (click “Log in as Guest” in the event portal) is a combined virtual event that will provide targeted training for burn bosses: RT300, IFTDSS, and smoke modeling, as well as interactive presentations for a wide audience that bridge research and practice using the three pillars of the Cohesive Strategy: Resilient Ecosystems, Fire Adapted Communities, and Safe and Effective Wildfire Response.

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