Workshop #11 – The Future of Fire and Fuels Management: Adapting Fuels Treatments in a Changing Climate
Partners: USDOI The Northwest Climate Science Center, EcoAdapt, OSU Institute for Natural Resources, in coordination with the NW Fire Science Consortium and Northern Rockies Fire Science Network.
Overview and Objectives: This workshop culminates the Available Science Assessment Project (ASAP), sponsored by the Dept. of Interior’s Northwest Climate Science Center (NWCSC), through which we are evaluating the science behind fire and fuels management actions under climate change, with a focus on prescribed fire. This project focused on WA, OR, ID and western MT forests, but findings may be more broadly applicable.
The upcoming workshop will build on interviews with fire managers who manage resources under shifting fire regimes, a systematic mapping of relevant literature, and an earlier science review panel discussion of the state of science behind prescribed fire use under changing climate conditions. We are now bringing managers and scientists together for broader discussions regarding fuels management in the context of climate change in order to:
- Document and synthesize social and expert knowledge of how fuels management is being adapted in response to shifts in climate and fire regimes;
- Explore opportunities for further integration of scientific research and climate-informed management;
- Discuss agency plans and priorities for managing fire (with specific reference to the role of prescribed fire) under future climate conditions;
- Describe the intended management application of desired future research and products on fire and fuels management;
- Develop partnerships between fire experts and forest/fire managers to ensure future research is addressing specific management needs; and
- Help refine the NW CSC Science Agenda in the area of fire regimes and climate change.
The workshop will consist of a mix of formal presentations by scientists and managers and small and/or large group discussion sessions. Information gathered from this meeting will help focus the NWCSC’s future calls for fire-related research, and stimulate the possibility of drafting an OpEd piece for peer-reviewed journals, such as Fire Ecology.