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Project ID: 11-S-3-8

Year: 2011

Date Started: 01/01/2012

Ending Date:  09/30/2018

Title: Northwest Fire Science Exchange

Project Proposal Abstract: The frequency of large wildfires in the forests and rangelands of the Pacific Northwest has increased over the past 50 years, and is expected to further increase in a changing climate. The number and types of managers and practitioners involved in wildfire management has also grown. Government agencies, land managers, air quality regulators, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and others have diverse fire biophysical and social science needs. To protect and restore fire-adapted human and ecological communities and natural resources in the Northwest, we need a fire science delivery system to effectively disseminate and accelerate user adoption of pertinent information, knowledge, tools, and expertise. Members of the NW Consortium planning team conducted a needs assessment through in-depth interviews with 74 key stakeholders from across Washington and Oregon. Participating researchers interviewed representatives from federal and state land management agencies, county and municipal entities, non-profit conservation, economic development and community forestry / collaborative organizations, Native American Tribes and tribal organizations, private contractors, and family forest owners. Interviews were designed to elicit information on four general topics: 1) Current use of fire science: how and why are stakeholders using fire science to serve different purposes; 2) Content: what kinds of fire science information, tools, and resources do fire science users currently utilize and desire; 3) Access: how can useful, credible information, tools, and resources best be delivered or made accessible; 4) Collaborative / participatory research: how has past research and monitoring engaged and served communities where fire science is important, and what are the opportunities to build connections through future collaborative research and monitoring. The results of this needs assessment provide a roadmap for NW Consortium activities over the next two years, and informs the strategies that will result in a sustainable model for outreach and education. The primary objectives of the NW Consortium are: 1) improve information access, awareness, and delivery; 2) increase two-way communication between research and the field; 3) promote opportunities for participatory and collaborative research; and 4) evaluate the consortium activities and adapt as needed.

Principal Investigator: Morgan J. Varner III

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-AirFire Research Team

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Christina T. Bui

Forest Service

PNW-Pacific Northwest Research Station

Budget Contact

Rebecca A. Slick

Forest Service

PNW-Pacific Northwest Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Janean H. Creighton

Oregon State University

Extension Forestry Program

Co-Principal Investigator

Cassandra Moseley

University of Oregon

Institute for a Sustainable Environment

Co-Principal Investigator

Christine S. Olsen

Oregon State University

Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network







Pacific Coast States


Project Deliverables

There is no final report available for this project.
  ID Type Title
view or print   5875 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Identifying Fire Science Needs in the U.S. Pacific Northwest
view or print   5876 Poster The Northwest Fire Science Consortium: Facilitating Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration
view or print   6972 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire Science Users in the U.S. Pacific Northwest: A Diverse and Dynamic Bunch

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