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Progress in wilderness fire science: embracing complexity for the 21st century

Date: February 11, 2016
Presenter(s): Carol Miller
Description: Wilderness has played an invaluable role in the development of wildland fire science. In the last fifteen years, since the last state-of-knowledge review, tremendous progress has been made in the development of models and data, in understanding the complexity of wildland fire as a landscape process, and in appreciating the social factors that influence the use of wilderness fire. Regardless of all we have learned, though, the reality is that fire remains an extraordinarily complex process with variable effects that create essential heterogeneity in ecosystems. While some may view this variability as a management impediment, for others it provides a path forward. As research has shown, embracing fire in all its complexity and expanding its use can help reduce fuels, restore resilient landscapes, and contain costs. Wilderness fire science will continue to play an important role in understanding opportunities for using fire, its role in ecosystems, risks and benefits, and the influence of risk perception on decision-making. In this presentation, I review recent progress in wilderness fire science and then look to the future to chart a direction for fire management and research that capitalizes on the lessons learned from the first fifty years of wilderness fire science. 
Topic(s): Fire & Wilderness
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 14338
Record updated: Dec 7, 2017