Tools and Trainings
This video by Heather Heward, University of Idaho, offers a short overview of the steps needed to review LANDFIRE data in the context of wildland fire and fuels management. Perform any or all of these steps to increase your ability to creatively and effectively use LF to understand and manage your landscape. The steps can be completed using a variety of techniques, most of which are described in detail in the “How-to: process LF data” document. Other resources include Stratton 2009 and Helmbrecht and Blankenship 2016.
Two research fish biologists describe how fish in the Pacific Northwest have evolved with wildfire disturbances, and how considering this history can help inform management prescriptions for both wildfire and fisheries. Creative animation illuminates details of how wildfires can provide beneficial habitat for native fish species.
One of the most important topics today is the issue of wildfires and smoke in our Valley. Chris Chambers, The Wildlife Division Chief and Merv George the Forest supervisor on the rogue River Siskiyou National Forest are the perfect pair to speak to this issue Chris grew up in Ashland and worked both in the forest service and the Ashland fire and rescue service. Knowing the importance of gathering people and resources around this issue, Chris has been instrumental in getting the entire state of Oregon to share resources for this very important issue.
When wildfires happen, the news media plays an important role in covering events, providing information, and influencing public understanding. In this video, two scientists discuss recent research on how wildfire is covered in the news, and how this can sometimes be at odds with both local community impacts and the ecological role that wildfire plays, historically occurring in regular intervals across much of the U.S. West.
This video provides a brief overview of a new approach to examine the potential health effects that wildland firefighters may experience working on wildland fires. This effort is a collaboration between the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.
As you will see in the video, a NIOSH team actually goes into the field on a wildfire in Idaho to test members of the Sawtooth Interagency Hotshot Crew on potential impacts to their overall health, including effects to their hearts, lungs, kidneys, and hearing.
Sagebrush rangelands once covered nearly 250 million acres in western North America. Today, this landscape has been reduced to half its original size and is rapidly shrinking. Fire is a primary culprit and is fueled by annual invasive grasses. These rangelands help drive our nation’s economy through energy, recreation, and livestock production and are home to critical regional water resources. Equally important, these lands are wildlife meccas and provide habitat for some 350 species.