Fire Communication & Education

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The “right” scale for effective rangeland fire planning and management

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Helping landowners and agencies engage in collaborative planning. Instructor: Katie Wollstein.

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Sifting through selective science and misinformation for collaborative forest management

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Join us for an upcoming land manager and public land partner-focused panel webinar dedicated to examining selective science use, some of the impacts to land management, and methods for reducing misinformation in collaborative forest management.

Our panel will provide short talks on their perspectives, and address questions and issues provided by attendees. Discussion and Q&A during this session will facilitate information exchange between all attendees.

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Guiding principles for transdisciplinary and transformative fire research

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To advance transformative solutions to this complex fire challenge, we propose four principles for conducting transdisciplinary fire research: (1) embrace complexity, (2) promote diverse ways of knowing fire, (3) foster transformative learning, and (4) practice problem-centered research. These principles emerged from our experience as a group of early-career researchers who are embedded within and motivated by today’s complex fire challenge within British Columbia (BC), Canada. In this forum piece, we first describe the four principles and then apply the principles to two case studies: (1) BC, a settler-colonial context experiencing increased size, severity, and impacts of wildfires, and (2) our ECR discussion group, a space of collective learning and transformation. In doing so, we present a unique contribution that builds on existing efforts to develop more holistic fire research frameworks and demonstrates how application of these principles can promote transdisciplinary research and transformation towards coexistence with fire, from local to global scales.

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Rebuilding resiliency in a fire-ravaged landscape: South-central OR integrated post-fire resiliency strategy

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Public and private landowners have come together to lay out a path for recovery. Major partners in the region are uniting behind a groundbreaking cross-jurisdictional approach to restore resilient forests in Oregon’s Klamath and Lake counties. The resulting strategy has become a national blueprint for post-wildfire recovery.

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Megafire: An ambiguous and emotive term best avoided by science

This study found that ‘megafire’ originated in the popular news media over 20 years before it appeared in science. Megafire is used in a diversity of languages, considers landscape fires as well as urban fires, and has a variety of meanings in addition to size. What constitutes ‘mega’ is relative and highly context-dependent in space and time, given variation in landscape, climate, and anthropogenic controls, and as revealed in examples from the Netherlands, Portugal and the Global Fire Atlas. Moreover, fire size does not equate to fire impact.

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Mental health and resiliency of mission critical teams

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Topic: Resiliency and Residual in Mission Critical Roles

Join Preston Cline as he discusses the importance of protecting your mental health and building resilience when working in mission critical roles, especially during challenging situations like wildland fires.

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Science to support the social aspects of wildfire crisis work

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Land management-focused panel discussion hosted by the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Join us for a live virtual panel session with social scientists and communicators in a conversation about public perceptions and social acceptance associated with Wildfire Crisis planning and implementation. This facilitated panel discussion will be guided by your questions.

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Integrating public health into forest and fire management

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Integrating Public Health into Forest and Fire Management, presented by Savannah M D’Evelyn, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Washington, on November 17, 2023.

This webinar is part of a monthly series hosted by the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), the Pau Costa Foundation (PCF), and the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) to bring together diverse voices from the global wildland fire community.

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The Oregon state wildfire hazard map

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To enhance Oregon’s wildfire resilience, the State Legislature passed the 2021 SB 762 Omnibus Wildfire Bill that enacted recommendations from the Governor’s 2019 Wildfire Council. This included a $220M investment in landscape resilience, suppression response, as well as some new regulations for the home ignition zone for community protection. Upon release of a map showing statewide hazard, there was a significant public outcry, often based on misunderstandings or misinformation, that ultimately led to the map being rescinded and reworked. Join us for this webinar, where we will explore the broader intent of the legislation, its requirements for mapping, where the effort stands today, and what we continue to learn from the public’s reaction.

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Developing community wildfire protection plans

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In this webinar, you will learn: what a CWPP is and why your community may need one, what the process involves and what the components are, what resources you need to complete a CWPP, cost ranges for contractors vs in-house, how to use CWPPs to support funding for implementation and more!

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