Wildland Fire in the Appalachians Conference

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Prescribed fire line at night. Photo by Ricky Layson, courtesy of Bugwood.org.
Prescribed fire line at night. Photo by Ricky Layton, courtesy of Bugwood.org.

The Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists and the Association for Fire Ecology are hosting a conference October 8 -10, 2013, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in downtown Roanoke, Virginia.

Wildland Fire in the Appalachians: Discussions Among Managers and Scientists is designed for anyone with an interest in wildland fire in the Appalachian region, and promises to be unique in its approach to sharing information. The objective of the conference is for fire managers and researchers to learn from each other so they can better understand and work together on problems specific to the highly diverse Appalachian Mountains. The conference design is unique: it is neither a research symposium nor a managers meeting, but rather a synergy of both.

The conference includes three concurrent mini-conferences. Over 40 invited speakers will discuss research updates and management experiences. Researchers will discuss plant and wildlife ecology, fire history, invasive plants, season of burning, and other topics. Managers will share experiences on how to apply fire to the landscape, how to work with media and the general public, and updates to fire management tools such as smoke prediction models, LANDFIRE, FRCC, and IFT-DSS.  A highlight will be success stories from programs such as the Fire Learning Network, state Prescribed Fire Councils, and interagency cooperation.  A field trip on the third day will share managers experiences in applying research results on the ground.

In addition, the Shortleaf Pine Initiative will hold a free, one-day workshop at the same location on October 11, the day following the conference. Detailed information will be posted here when finalized. For more information, email info@shortleafpine.net.

For more information, contact Tom Waldrop at twaldrop@fs.fed.us.

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