The 40 Years of Wilderness Fire field trip was held during the Large Wildland Fires Conference in Missoula, MT, co-hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology and the International Association for Wildland Fire.
The field trip toured the edge of the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas with the pioneering managers and scientists who started and nurtured the oldest Wilderness fire program in the Forest Service. Discussions included ecosystem restoration, risks of fires burning out of the wilderness, and the choice between accepting risk now versus postponing that risk into that future. Current managers were also on hand to discuss the management of recent long-duration wildfires, the effort that goes into protecting values at risk, and other future wilderness fire management challenges.
Wilderness Fire Past Events and Resources