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Long-Duration Fire and Re-Burn Effects in Yellowstone National Park


Join fire managers to learn about long-duration wildland fire management in Yellowstone National Park. Visit with scientists about research to better understand burn severity estimation, tree regeneration, and factors influencing fire behavior in re-burns of the extensive 1988 fires. The lightning-caused Maple Fire was reported August 8, 2016 and it burned in the footprint of the 1988 North Fork Fire. The Maple Fire burned until late October and reached 51,555 acres. This field tour will include a moderate hike (2-4 miles) through a portion of the burn to visit research sites and discuss fire effects on vegetation and fuels.

Lodging:  Indoor camping at an education facility in West Yellowstone is available - see registration page for more details. For those interested in motel accommodations, the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn (1-800-315-2621) is one option. 

Logistics: On October 16, we will meet at 10 a.m. at the West Yellowstone Economic Development (WYED) center located at 239 Firehole Avenue, West Yellowstone, MT. We will have overview presentations until 1:45 (with a break for lunch). We will drive to Fir Ridge to do a short hike (15 minutes) to a meadow providing a view of the Maple Fire and have our last session of the day there, arriving back at WYED by around 4 p.m. On October 17, we will meet at WYED at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to the Seven-Mile Bridge (about 20 minutes) where we start our hike along the Gneiss Creek Trail. We will spend the day viewing and discussing different parts of the burn and  learning more about on-going research and monitoring and how these datasets inform fire management. 

Download the Agenda.

Society of American Foresters Continuing Forester Education Credits are available:
Day 1 - 3.0 category 1 credits
Day 2 - 2.5 category 1 credits 

As of October 2, registration is full. To be put on a wait list, please visit the registration page.

Learn more about forest response to fires in Yellowstone from scientists who will be featured on this field trip: 

Video:  As the forests of Yellowstone burn, will the forests of Yellowstone remain? (featuring Monica Turner and Brian Harvey)

Article: 30 years later: Yellowstone's 1988 fires revealed resilience of forests (by  Monica Turner)

Related Resources and Background Information

2015 Fire History and Fire Ecology in Yellowstone Field Tour past event page

2015 Fire History and Fire Ecology in Yellowstone Field Tour summary

The effects of previous wildfires on subsequent wildfire behavior and post-wildfire recovery (C. Stevens-Rumann, S. J. Prichard, and P. Morgan 2014)


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