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Project ID: 13-2-01-9

Year: 2013

Date Started: 01/01/2013

Date Completed: 04/30/2014

Title: Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Consequences

Project Proposal Abstract: The Association of Fire Ecology (AFE) and International Association of Wildland Fires (IAWF) Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Consequences conference is scheduled for May 19 -23, 2014, in Missoula, Montana. This conference is quite unique in that it is the first time that the AFE and IAWF have agreed to co-host a conference. The purpose of the conference is to bring together ecologists, wildland fuels specialists, fire behavior researchers and analysts, social scientists, and many managers and researchers in the wildland fire sciences, to present the latest findings, and provide potential solutions. In addition, this conference will enable presenters to share, with each other and the attendees, their state-of-the-art scientific findings in fire ecology, wildland fuels, fire and human behavior or other topics outside of large fires. Attendees will include researchers, educators and managers in the wildland fire community and all students of fire. The Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Consequences Conference will provides an opportunity for researcher and fire managers (as well as many others in the fire field) to come together and discuss the impacts and consequences of large wildland fires. Collaborative relationships are initiated and/or strengthened, a range of perspectives are shared and participants gain a greater understanding of the field of fire management, the issues at stake and the relevance of research in making informed, effective decisions. AFEs and IAWFs cohesive and diverse conference planning team, along with several public and private partners will develop an agenda that will include a combination of keynote presentations, plenary sessions, five concurrent sessions and poster sessions throughout the week. A rigorous field trip is also planned for Friday. The committee will post an open call for papers to generate a selection pool for oral presentations, poster presentations and special sessions covering a variety of relevant topics. Those that are accepted will be grouped by topic and placed in an appropriate session in the program schedule. Five themes will be developed to populate five concurrent sessions; 1) Large Fire, 2) Fire Management, 3) Climate Change, 4) Human Dimension, 5) Fire Ecology. Presenters will be encouraged to make their presentations interactive in order to engage the audience and foster a participant centered conference. AFE and IAWF are committed to media promotion through a variety of efforts including traditional print and radio, as well as social media and web casting to expand participation beyond conference attendees. The Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Consequences Conference will be conducted under green initiatives, in order to minimize adverse environmental impacts. An evaluation of the conference will be distributed at the closing of the event, in order to provide opportunity for improvement with future conferences. AFE and IAWF are prepared to provide deliverables including a list of conference participants, a hard copy of the program schedule booklet, a link to the booklet online and a copy of the conference proceedings.

Principal Investigator: Mikel L. Robinson

Agency/Organization: IAWF-International Association of Wildland Fire

Branch or Dept: Missoula MT Office

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Mikel L. Robinson

IAWF-International Association of Wildland Fire

Missoula MT Office

Budget Contact

Mikel L. Robinson

IAWF-International Association of Wildland Fire

Missoula MT Office

Funding Cooperator

Robert E. Keane

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire, Fuel & Smoke Science Program

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Northern Rockies







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