A JFSP Fire Science Exchange Network
Bringing People Together & Sharing Knowledge in the Northern Rockies

Network of Fire Science Champions

Interested managers are invited to join calls every other month to share experiences and learn about the latest scientific knowledge and tools for fire and fuels management in the Northern Rockies. The Network of Fire Science Champions will be “in the know” on the latest fire science and NRFSN products, meet other managers interested in fire science, and will have an opportunity to communicate science and science delivery needs to the NRFSN development team.

Use the form on this page to join the mailing list.

Participant feedback -"The ability to interact has made this far more valuable than a webinar, where the interaction opportunities are very limited. Webinars also tend to focus on scientists giving out information and managers reacting to that. The Fire Science Champions allows both managers and scientists to share and discuss current science and management issues. That interaction continues beyond the Fire Science Champions conference calls. I have distributed information from the calls to my peers, and I have had one-on-one interactions with other Fire Science Champions participants on items of common interest. For example, after the last call, a participant from another forest sent me a position paper that could be of use in our Forest Plan Revision."

For additional information on the Network of Fire Science Champions and future meetings, join our mailing list or contact Vita Wright.

Next Call - TBA

Past Calls

Visit the individual event pages to find links to the call notes.

The kickoff topic for this Network of Fire Science Champions call was Ecological Effects of Severe Fire. The presenter was Dr. Dick Hutto, Professor and immediate past Director of the Avian Science Center at the University of Montana.  

The kickoff topic for this Network of Fire Science Champions call was Fire and Bark Beetle Research: A Discussion of Manager Information Needs.

The kickoff topic for this Network of Fire Science Champions call was Ushering in a New Age of Wildland Fuel Science

  • Effects of past fires on the severity of subsequent fires
  • Post-fire planning and salvage logging
  • Resilience
  • The Northern Rockies Fire Science Network's (NRFSN) renewal process
  • Restoration and resilience
  • Climate change planning and adaptive management
  • The Cohesive Strategy
  • Use of natural ignitions, claiming resource benefit acres, the importance of social issues in fire management, and the challenges of interdisciplinary fuels planning
  • Overview of the RxCADRE project
  • Benefits of, and ways of incorporating, manager feedback into research proposal development
  • Role of experimental forests and variation among them
  • Accelerated restoration across large, multi-forest landscapes and the role of collaboration
  • Updating fire plans to include current terminology
  • A report on the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network's recent field trip on integrated fuel treatment in Priest River, Idaho
  • Methods for quantifying fire regime attributes based on number of fires, area of fires, and fire severity
  • Fire-climate relationships
  • Cultivating a local network of scientists and managers interested in fire science and ecology
  • Resilience
  • Informal science communication networks, differences among perspectives of managers in different positions
  • Importance of fuel specialists and fire ecologists to communicating science
  • Challenges to the re-measurement of burned Current Vegetation Survey (CVS) plots
  • Need for measureable fire effects monitoring objectives and their possible inclusion in WFDSS
  • New search capabilities of the Fire Effects Information System
  • DecAID - Database of publications on snags and downed wood
  • Study of marking guidelines to retain clumps and openings
  • Webinar series on landscape science
  • Public communication best practices
  • Fire policy and the role of science
  • Whitebark pine management
  • Fuel reduction and restoration spatial patterns