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Project ID: 11-S-2-2

Year: 2011

Date Started: 05/01/2011

Date Completed: 04/15/2013

Title: In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire

Project Proposal Abstract: In Alaska's boreal forest, fire is an integral part of ecosystem function. Smoke often fills the summer skies, and extensive wildfires can pose risks to life, property and subsistence livelihoods. The frequency and severity of wildfires in the interior and south central regions are increasing as Alaska's climate changes as is the occurrence of tundra fires. Because fire managers operate at the interface between ecosystem function, land management policy and the public, successful fire management lies not only in scientifically sound decision making and effecive operations, but also in successfully engaging and communicating with Alaskan residents. The arts and humanities have a powerful capacity to create lines of communication between the public, policy and scientific spheres, as well as to contribute directly to the discourse. Previous efforts to engage the arts and humanities with science, the public and policymakers have successfully generated excitement, facilitated mutual understanding, and promoted meaningful dialogue on issues facing science and society. We propose to engage the arts and humanities with fire managers and scientists to promote public understanding and awareness of the scientific basis behind fire management practices in the context of Alaska's changing ecosystems.

Principal Investigator: Sarah F. Trainor

Agency/Organization: University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Branch or Dept: SNRAS-School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Budget Contact

Beverly A. Melovidov

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

GACC-AICC-Alaska Fire Service-Ft. Wainwright

Co-Principal Investigator

Mary Beth X. Leigh Ph.D.

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Institute of Arctic Biology

Co-Principal Investigator

Alison D. York

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

International Arctic Research Center

Federal Cooperator

Kato Howard

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

GACC-AICC-Alaska Fire Service-Ft. Wainwright

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   1688 Government Publication In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire brochure
  go to website 5366 Website In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire
view or print   5368 Poster The Art of Fire: Overview
view or print   5369 Poster The Art of Fire Field Trips
view or print   5370 Poster In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire

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