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Science-Management Discussion on the Current Knowledge of Fuel Breaks

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Join us for an informal discussion on current fuel break knowledge from science and management. Presenters will be Doug Shinneman, Research Fire Ecologist with USGS, and Lance Okeson, Fire Management Officer with Boise District BLM, will briefly present the latest in fuel break science and practice, and will discuss your fuel break questions.

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Victims or survivors? The cost of culture in fire recovery

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As fire disasters in California increase in severity and frequency, the costs accumulate for federal, state, and local governments, insurers, residents, and communities. While the costs of wildfires are difficult to quantify, the 2018 Carr fire in Shasta County, CA resulted in costly evacuations of approximately 38,000 people, the ecosystem loss of 229,651 acres, destruction of 1,077 homes and the generational equity represented therein, $162 million in firefighting costs, and an estimated $1.6 billion in damages. At the time, this was the sixth largest fire in California history and necessitated a coordinated recovery response by government agencies and nongovernmental groups. This seminar presentation draws on extensive qualitative data – 134 in-depth interviews and six months of ethnographic observation with Carr fire recovery organizations – to document mechanisms by which the costs of this disaster are borne unequally by residents. I demonstrate how local and visiting aid workers’ normative assumptions about legitimate victimhood structure survivors’ access to resources and produce inequalities in disaster recovery. I conclude with a discussion of how gender, race, and age intersect with socioeconomic class in the production of disaster recovery inequalities. As climate disasters become increasingly prevalent worldwide, it is imperative that ecologists, fire management agencies, social service providers, health professionals, and social scientists study the processes that produce unequal disaster recovery outcomes and propose interventions that can mitigate these disparities.

Presenter: Rebecca Ewert is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Sociology at Northwestern University. Her research interests include mental health, disasters, culture, inequality, and qualitative methods. Her work explores how people of different social groups (classes, genders, ages, and races) recover economically, socially, and emotionally from disasters. More about her work can be found on her website: www.rebeccaewert.com.

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Words matter. Let burn dialogue and reality.

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Crisis communication: What do we say when things go wrong?

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From large-scale wildfires to smaller incidents connected to complex social issues; crises take many forms and present unique communications challenges. Panelists will discuss how conservation organizations and fire practitioners can prepare for hard times and provide suggestions for how to proceed if and when they happen.

Following a moderated panel discussion, there will be time for audience Q/A.

Panelists:

Brigette Coleman-Williams is the director of marketing and communications for The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas and previously worked in communications for the American Red Cross.
Jenifer Bunty is a public affairs specialist for the National Forests in North Carolina Service Disaster Assistance Recovery Team.
Katie Sauerbrey is the fire program director for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon
Parker Titus is the fire program manager for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado.

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Working with the media: How to know your messages and communicate them

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Communication professionals and fire practitioners with significant media experience will discuss challenges and success in communicating about fire through media outlets. Panelists will share their experiences and provide suggestions for those looking to begin or improve communication through various forms of media.

Following a moderated panel discussion, there will be time for audience Q/A.

Panelists:

Lorena Williams is a Public Affairs Specialist and Public Information Officer for the San Juan National Forest in Colorado.
Bob Crimian is a program manager for COMPASS, a science communication organization that champions, connects, and supports diverse scientist leaders to improve the well-being of people and nature.
Eytan Krasilovsky is the deputy director for the Forest Stewards Guild based out of the Southwest office

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Firewise 101 in Nevada

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Fire weather

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Join Nevada’s Living with Fire on Thursday, May 9th via Zoom for our online webinar, “Fire Weather” This short online session will delve into what fire weather is and what are its factors. Guest speaker Edan Lindaman, senior meteorologist and fire weather program leader for the National Weather Service in Reno, Nevada, will be sharing fire predictions for this upcoming summer. Learn about fire weather and how it relates to your local ecosystem.

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A new foundation for LANDFIRE

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The LANDFIRE program is aware that our stakeholders are interested in obtaining more comprehensive 3D vegetation structure information to inform vegetation and species mapping, carbon accounting, and physics-based fire behavior models. Understanding how to provide annually updated 3D vegetation and fuel metrics in a way that is useful to the most stakeholders and accounts for the logistical and resource constraints within the program is a LANDFIRE goal over the next few years. LANDFIRE wants to connect with innovators who are motivated by the shared challenge of pulling together disparate data sources across scales and dimensions into logical machine learning or deep learning classification methodologies that are accurate, repeatable, and usable by managers. We hope to build these relationships by increasing our engagement across research and management communities to create a new foundation for LANDFIRE.

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SCIENCEx Soils

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Exploring how the health of our forests — and planet — depends on what’s beneath our feet.

May 6: Why do foresters need soil scientists?
May 7: How can soil science be applied to forest management?
May 8: How can soil scientists and foresters build relationships?
May 9: How can soil science lead to resilient forests?
May 10: How can research support timber management and soil science?

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Tools for prioritizing, planning, and evaluating effectiveness of fuel treatments

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Sam “Jake” Price and Matt Germino, USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, present findings from their recent publication on the Soda Fire fuel breaks and how they might help to break the annual grass-fire cycle. Q&A to follow the presentation.

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