Webinar registration. Cost $25-50.
Presenters: Rebekah Guill: Senior Flood Control Planner, Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District/Watershed Protection, [email protected]; Garth Engelhorn, CPSWQ, QISP/Tor: Senior Project Manager, Water Resources | NV5, [email protected]
How does post-fire runoff affect contaminant flux?
• Contaminant flux presentation will compare the relative mass contributions of contaminants from the burned catchments vs. the unburned natural areas.
• Understanding the effects of wildfires on contaminant flux provides information that can inform management actions, including strategies used to comply with water quality regulations.
Recommendations for Post-fire Monitoring Studies
• Study Design and Monitoring Logistics
• Safety Considerations
While making a vegetation map of the Chiricahua Mts in 2010, I took georeferenced photos and notes on the canopy cover of dominant species, in ecosystems ranging from grassland to spruce-fir. The next year, 2011, the Horseshoe 2 fire burned 220,000 acres of the Chiricahuas. Soon afterward I realized that I should return to the same locations and document the changes with repeat photography every two years. The resulting collection of images documents both a rapid return to former community composition – e.g., grassland – as well as evidence that some things may never be the same – e.g., Madrean pine-oak. Why? The possible casual factors include the usual suspects: resilience of certain suites of species, refugia and seed sources, and changes in the relative roles of winter vs summer precipitation. Burn severity is another obvious factor; not so obvious is the effect of repeat burns. To further investigate multiple burns in forested ecosystems, I’ve initiated a similar repeat-photography effort in the thrice-burned Santa Catalina Mts (2002-3 and 2020) as well as other Sky Island ranges. With Don Falk and his MS student Emily Fule, we now have detailed ecological and soil data that may explain some of these changes.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Idaho recently partnered with GS Strategy Group to conduct a public opinion survey in North Idaho to gauge public perceptions on forest health, wildfire, controlled burning, and climate change. Please join for a virtual presentation and discussion of the results. Kari Kostka, Director of External Affairs for TNC and IFRP Board member, will join Robert Jones, Partner with GS Strategy Group, to share the results and answer questions.
As our climate crisis deepens, feelings of anxiety, grief, and hopelessness are on the rise. Staying engaged in climate solutions over the long term requires us to avoid emotional burnout; yet when bombarded with so much bad news – mass extinction, dying oceans, displaced communities and burning forests – this is easier said than done. This talk explores the mental health dimensions of climate disruption among students, scientists, activists, and frontline communities, and shares practical strategies for building the emotional resilience to channel despair into meaningful action.
During this peer learning session, speakers will:
- Build understanding about the spectrum of complementary actions, based on available science, to protect the built environment and community values from wildfire, improve the ecological resilience of our landscapes, and improve the safety and effectiveness of wildfire management;
- Discuss the concepts of landscape resilience, the wildland urban interface and the home ignition zone, fire management options, and the roles they play in reducing fire risk;
- Address why fire needs to be restored to the landscape;
- Consider the values that could be lost and how they relate to fire; and
- Discuss how to increase the options for fire managers to implement integrated active management.
This year’s Forum will focus on drought impacts for Idaho rangelands and strategies for moving landscapes and communities towards resilience. A diverse group of panelists and speakers will present on the economic, social, and ecological implications of drought, as well as solutions. This year the University of Idaho Rangeland Center, the Idaho Rangeland Conservation Partnership, and the University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research, will bring together a group of ranchers, land managers, and range scientists for three 90-minute sessions on October 5, 6 and 7. The sessions will run from 11am – 12:30pm PT (12pm – 1:30pm MT).