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The fire environment -- Innovations, management, and policy

Author(s): Bret W. Butler, Wayne A. Cook
Year Published: 2007

The 2nd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference: Fire Environment – Innovations, Management and Policy was held in Destin, FL, March 26-30, 2007. Following on the success of the 1st Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, this conference was initiated in response to the needs of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group – Fire Environment Working Team. Fire management programs are designed to reduce risks to communities and to improve and maintain ecosystem health. The conference addressed recent innovations in technology, management and policy. The scope included not only the how to, but also the what and why of the fire environment. The more than 450 conference participants represented a wide range of organizations, disciplines, and countries. The conference program included workshops, invited speakers, oral and poster presentations, panels, and vendor displays. Each day began with invited speakers who presented a range of viewpoints. Topics included the psychology of wildland fire management, smoke and public policy, fire as an ecological process in wilderness areas, and fuels management policy and direction of U.S. Federal agencies. Panels addressed two key topics: “Extreme Fire Behavior – What is it?” and “The Human Element in Forest Fire Operations: Thinking Deciding, Acting, Learning.” About 100 people took advantage of the optional preconference workshops that described and demonstrated computer systems, models, and methods that can be used in support of fire and fuels management. In addition to the six invited speakers, there were 159 oral and 73 poster presentations. Presenters described their experiences, findings, and ideas on topics including: • modeling, risk assessment, and decision support systems • fuel characterization and mapping • fuel treatment and prescribed fire • fire ecology and fire effects • economics and biomass utilization • communication and collaboration • case studies

Citation: Butler, Bret W.; Cook, Wayne, comps. 2007. The fire environment—innovations, management, and policy; conference proceedings. 26-30 March 2007; Destin, FL. Proceedings RMRS-P-46CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 662 p. CD-ROM.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Human Dimensions of Fire Management, Organizational Learning & Innovation
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 16904
Record updated: May 18, 2018