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Project ID: 11-S-3-10

Year: 2012

Date Started: 01/15/2012

Ending Date:  05/30/2014

Title: The Pacific Fire Science Consortium

Project Proposal Abstract: Wildfire is a large and growing threat to native ecosystems of Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific and the highly endangered flora and fauna they support. This threat originates with invasion of native ecosystems by fire-prone exotic grass and shrub species that have brought novel fire regimes to the region, with serious impacts to the health and safety of the region's citizens, natural and cultural resources, and native biota. Exotic wildfires have greatly reduced the cover of tropical dryland forests, they impact large areas of seasonally dry habitat, and increase the threat of extinction for 100's of Hawaii's and the Western Pacifics T&E plant and animal species, many endemic to individual Islands. Further, rapid development and urbanization have created wildland urban interfaces that expose residents and millions of visitors a year to wildfire hazards. Finally, climate in Hawaii has warmed over the past 30 years at a rate faster than the global average, with future warming anticipated to greatly exacerbate wildfire hazards. Despite an urgent and growing need for enhanced capacity in fire science and management, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands lack region-specific fire related information that is organized, comprehensive, understandable and accessible by managers. To deal with these needs, the region requires a fire science consortium that will: 1) focus on the regions diverse landscapes and wildfire issues; 2) link managers to Pacific-relevant information, training, and resources; 3) coordinate and communicate fire science across the region; and 4) enhance collaboration across the Pacifics scientific and resource management communities to bridge large distances (insular states, territories, and nations) and wide variation in ecology, culture, and language. In January 2011, the JFSP awarded a planning grant to the Pacific region. The collaborators on this planning grant used the award to establish the Pacific Fire Science Consortium (PFSC), which has supported diverse planning activities leading to this full proposal. Following meetings and the publication of the PFSC's 1st newsletter in April 2011, the PFSC created and released through existing networks across Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific a comprehensive needs assessment in the form of a web-based survey. Our assessment team included USFS research scientist, Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization social scientists and fire managers, and program managers with the Pacific Disaster Center and the DOD. The survey targeted potential end-users of the PFSC to better understand how the PFSC could address these specific major challenges previously identified through live interviews with fire managers and scientists throughout the Pacific region: 1) easier access to information sources; 2) better and more comprehensive information; 3) improved technical assistance; and 4) a more collaborative information transfer environment. The PFSC will establish and co-fund four positions in outreach, extension and overall coordination, with various outputs including: creation of a centralized PFSC website (posting Pacific relevant science, training opportunities, meeting schedules, useful links, ask an expert service; production of outreach materials (pamphlets, webinars, posters, fire management plans); enhanced communications (regional symposia, workshops, contact information, summarized new science literature); and expanded opportunities for researchers and managers to communicate needs and information.

Principal Investigator: Christian P. Giardina

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PSW-Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Jennifer R. Jones

Forest Service

PSW-Pacific Southwest Research Station

Budget Contact

Jennifer R. Jones

Forest Service

PSW-Pacific Southwest Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Andrew M. Beavers

Colorado State University

Environmental Management of Military Lands

Co-Principal Investigator

Susan X. Cordell

Forest Service

PSW-Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry

Co-Principal Investigator

Creighton M. Litton

University of Hawaii-Manoa

Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management

Co-Principal Investigator

Miles D. Nakahara

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

Co-Principal Investigator

Elizabeth A. Pickett

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

Co-Principal Investigator

Carolyn Stewart

West Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

Co-Principal Investigator

Parker C. Trauernicht

University of Hawaii-Manoa

Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management

Collaborator/Contributor

Wayne Ching

Hawaii

DLNR-Forestry & Wildlife-Honolulu

Collaborator/Contributor

Dawn Greenlee

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Pacific Island Field Office

Collaborator/Contributor

Eric Moller

US Army

Garrison, Offc of Installation Fire & Safety-HI

Funding Cooperator

Christian P. Giardina

Forest Service

PSW-Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry


Project Locations

Consortium

Pacific


Level

State

Agency

Unit

STATE

HI

MULTIPLE

STATE

GU

MULTIPLE

STATE

AS

MULTIPLE


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