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17-1-01 Landscape fuel treatment strategies and wildfire management More Information Actions
The objective of this task statement is to inform planning and implementation of landscape fuel treatment strategies that allow for safe and effective management of wildfire to meet protection and resource management objectives. Projects funded under this task statement are intended to support the vision of the 2014 National Cohesive Wildfire Management Strategy, in particular progressing towards resilient landscapes. Research Needs: Research proposals are sought that evaluate the effectiveness of landscape fuel treatment strategies with a focus on the interaction between landscape fuel treatment strategies and subsequent wildfire management actions as they relate to the ability to implement safe, effective, and efficient wildfire management decisions. Specific research needs include: 1. Identify the characteristics of landscape fuel treatment strategies (e.g., distribution/saturation of treatments, type, age, location) that allow for effective and safe use by firefighters to manage wildfire for resource management objectives and asset protection. 2. Evaluate how the effectiveness of landscape fuel treatment strategies is constrained by different social (e.g., proximity to human communities, degree to which managers consider resource management objectives), ecological (e.g., vegetation type, fire regime), or other factors. 3. Develop metrics that are scientifically defensible and measureable for evaluating the effectiveness of landscape fuel treatment strategies in terms of allowing for safe and effective use by firefighters to manage wildfire for resource management objectives and asset protection. For proposals to be considered responsive to this task statement, proposals must address the first two research needs above. It is expected that these research needs will be addressed through retrospective analyses, modeling, or other feasible approach. Proposals that address the third research need as well are desirable but not required. Research needs under this task statement do not include an evaluation of the direct effect of landscape fuel treatments on resources.

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17-1-02 Effects of changing wildfire management strategies More Information Actions
Objective: The objective of this task statement is to assess the degree to which wildfire management strategies have changed since the issuance of the 2009 Guidance for Implementation of the Federal Fire Policy and the effectiveness of such changes. Research Needs: The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in proposals that using retrospective analyses, perhaps combined with modeling exercises, evaluate changing wildfire management strategies and the effectiveness of these strategies in meeting resource management objectives. Research needs include: 1. Quantify the extent to which wildfire response strategies and tactics have changed since issuance of the 2009 wildfire policy guidance and identify any barriers that have hampered these changes. 2. Describe the degree to which changing wildfire response strategies and tactics have had a beneficial or adverse impact on highly valued resources (e.g., human communities, air quality, wildlife habitat) or changed the risk of future wildfire to such resources. 3. Identify how the range of burning conditions (e.g., weather, fuels) affects the effectiveness of wildfire and wildfire management activities to meet specific objectives for managing fuels and vegetation. Proposers must address all three research needs above. The JFSP is particularly interested in studies that examine how responses to these questions differ by region, agency, vegetation type, or other significant factor. The JFSP expects that information on changing wildfire strategies can be inferred from an analysis of incident reports, interviews with incident commanders, or both.

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17-1-03 Post-fire recovery More Information Actions
Objective: The objective of this task statement is to advance our fundamental and applied understanding of post-fire recovery and associated management responses in ecosystems for which altered fire regimes may shape post-fire recovery trajectory(ies); in particular, for those ecosystems that span the range of the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). Research Needs: For each ecosystem proposed for study, specific research needs include: 1. Relationships (i.e., interactions with and implications for) between (a) pre-fire (e.g., existing native and non-native invasive vegetation) and immediately post-fire conditions (e.g., burn severity, amount of downed woody materials), (b) standard, immediate post-fire stabilization approaches (e.g., herbicide applications, seeding, erosion control) that respond to those particular conditions, and (c) long-term (i.e., three years and beyond) recovery actions. 2. How the phasing of recovery actions in general (i.e., not just related to immediate stabilization actions) either facilitate or adversely affect long-term recovery in the context of meeting management objectives, including desired ecosystem services. 3. Role of soil ecological processes and community structure and composition in facilitating or preventing invasion by non-native species that alter fire behavior. 4. Relative effectiveness of different soil and vegetation treatments (e.g., for woody plant species this could be different seeding or seedling establishment approaches at different spatial scales) in facilitating recovery. 5. Spatially and temporally explicit, robust (i.e., scientifically defensible), and easily measured metrics of recovery that account for the phases of recovery as well as desired outcomes. For proposals to be considered responsive to this task statement, proposals must address at least both research needs 1 and 2. In addition, proposers have the option to address one or more of research needs 3 through 5. The JFSP is particularly interested in proposals that address ecosystems that span the range of the greater sage-grouse. For each ecosystem proposed for study, proposals also must include a conceptual model of ecosystem function in the context of fire that is used to (1) convey the state of our scientific understanding and management practice, (2) identify key remaining knowledge gaps, and (3) provide a basis for proposed hypotheses, questions, and experimental design. As context for proposed work, proposals should describe the degree to which environmental and other factors (e.g., presence of invasive species that alter fire behavior) have changed from historic conditions that affect fire as an ecological process and how these changes affect post-fire recovery for the ecosystem(s) they propose to study.

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17-1-04 Fire effects on herbaceous and shrub species More Information Actions
Objective: The objective of this task statement is to develop empirical and mechanistic data and information on the effects of fire on meristematic tissue and seeds of herbaceous plant and shrub species that may ultimately be used in the development or validation of fire effects models that predict herbaceous plant and shrub response to fire. Research Needs: The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in proposals that through laboratory and field experiments further our understanding of the direct effects of heat from fire on a variety of herbaceous and shrub species under different environmental conditions and across different geographic areas. Research needs include: 1. Quantify the effect of heat from fire on the ability of a variety of herbaceous and shrub species to resprout from meristematic tissue (e.g., buds, meristems) under different environmental conditions. 2. Quantify the effect of heat from fire on germination of seeds from a variety of herbaceous and shrub species under different environmental conditions. 3. Quantify additional germination requirements (e.g., bare mineral soil, soil moisture) of seeds from a variety of herbaceous plant and shrub species following fire. For proposals to be considered responsive to this task statement, proposals must address either research need 1 or 2 listed above. So that resulting data are broadly applicable, JFSP is particularly interested in proposals that address the research needs associated with multiple species. It is JFSPs desire that developed datasets ultimately can be used in development or validation of fire effects prediction models. Proposals that include model development or validation are desirable, but not required.

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17-1-05 Validating mesoscale, atmospheric boundary prediction models and tools More Information Actions
Objective: The operational fire weather community requires validation of numerical weather models and predictive tools as a means of raising situational awareness. The Joint Fire Science Program is interested in research proposals that address this need within a risk management context with the goal of enhancing firefighter safety. Research Needs: Research proposals are sought that address the validation requirements of existing numerical weather models and predictive tools with regard to predicting mesoscale atmospheric boundaries. Specific research needs include: 1. Demonstrate the ability to characterize the development, movement, and magnitude of mesoscale atmospheric boundaries through validation of existing numerical weather models and predictive tools using relevant observational data. 2. Demonstrate forecast skill of thunderstorm outflows, gust fronts, and downdraft winds near fires through validation of the above models and tools. 3. Demonstrate that validation of the above models and tools can be accomplished in complex terrain situations. 4. Communicate model and tool outputs (predictions) within a risk management context that is meaningful to the operational fire weather community and firefighters. For proposals to be considered responsive to this task statement, proposals must address all four research needs. Proposals to develop new or enhance existing models are outside the scope of this topic; however, improvements in model structure that occur incidental to model validation are acceptable.

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17-1-06 Factors that affect the co-management of wildland fire risk More Information Actions
Objective - The objective of this task statement is to advance our fundamental and applied understanding of the human dimensions that affect the co-management(1) of wildland fire risk. Risk in this context may involve uncertainties and differences in stakeholder(2) values that preclude a strictly probabilistic approach to risk management in its traditional sense. Research Needs - Specific research needs include: 1. Assess the social factors that lead to successful or unsuccessful co-management of wildland fire risk across administrative and ownership boundaries and whether they differ by ecosystem, region, or culture. 2. Evaluate how stakeholder views (whether within or across organizations) on accountability for wildland fire, response option implementation affect potential outcomes, in which the perception of accountability can span the spectrum from a legally mandated jurisdictional role to a willingness to engage in cooperative approaches among stakeholders. 3. Determine the role of different models of co-production of knowledge in facilitating stakeholder consensus on the underlying science, values, and accountability for response option implementation that shape risk management decisions. 4. Characterize the uncertainties involved and identify the decision frameworks that can best address them. -- For proposals to be considered responsive to this task statement, proposals must address two or more of the above research needs. Case study approaches are encouraged, but other approaches will be considered if appropriately justified. _________________ (1) Wildland fire frequently impacts landscapes that cross ownership and management boundaries. Co-management occurs between government entities with jurisdictional responsibility for fire incident management and response and other stakeholders who may not have jurisdictional responsibility, but do have management interests impacted by the fire incident. For the purpose of this task statement, co-management refers to the interactions and decisions of these management interests. (2) For the purposes of this task statement, stakeholder includes government entities and private entities whose risk management decisions in regards to fire may impact a broader landscape beyond their own individual interests.

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17-2-01 Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award More Information Actions
In partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology, the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites current master and doctoral students enrolled in US colleges or universities in the fields of wildland fire and related human dimensions, ecological, and atmospheric sciences to apply for a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award. The purpose of a GRIN award is to enhance student exposure to the management and policy relevance of their research to achieve beneficial outcomes of funded work. The JFSP also is interested in understanding the science needs of decision-makers, which provides an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of how science can be used to inform fire-related policy. As a result, these awards are intended to enable graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation to develop information and products useful to managers and decision-makers. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to fire, fuels, or resource management and include means to directly communicate with managers, when applicable, regarding project outcomes. Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP to be considered. Applicants are encouraged to search the JFSP website (www.firescience.gov) to learn more about the scope of JFSP activities. -- In addition, proposals must directly address management or policy related questions related to one or more of the following topic areas: " Fire behavior " Fire effects " Fuels treatments effectiveness " Post-fire recovery " Social issues and fire -- Proposals on other topics will not be reviewed.

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09-1-01 Lifecycle fuels More Information Actions
Lifecycle fuels treatment - The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring research projects that investigate the longevity of fire and non-fire fuels treatments, and in comparing the effectiveness and economics of treatment regimes. The period of time over which fuel reduction remains effective depends upon the type and effectiveness of the fuel reduction treatment, the number of fuel layers involved, the rate of accumulation of fuels, fuel decomposition rates, and other factors. This may be a relatively short time for fuels with a simple structure such as grasslands, or take many years in more complex fuel types such as multi-storied coniferous forests. JFSP is also interested in better understanding how climate change may influence treatment effectiveness. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-02 fire and aquatics More Information Actions
Temporal and spatial scaling of fire and aquatic organisms The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring research that investigates the temporal and spatial scaling of fire and related post-fire disturbances (e.g., debris torrents), and their relation to the temporal and spatial scaling of population processes and life history characteristics of aquatic organisms influenced by fire. JFSP is particularly interested in how an understanding of scaling considerations can be used to assist post-fire recovery and restoration decision-making. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-03 Regional haze More Information Actions
Regional haze - ozone and secondary organic aerosol formation The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in fundamental and applied research regarding ozone (O3) and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from both prescribed fires and wildfires, and the relative contribution of O3 and SOA from wildland fires to regional haze. Currently, there is insufficient scientific understanding of these issues to satisfactorily address regulatory requirements (e.g., National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and the Regional Haze Rule (RHR)) or environmental disclosure requirements (e.g., National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)). View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-04 Smoke dispersion from low-intensity fires More Information Actions
Smoke dispersion from low-intensity fires The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in proposals that will develop an improved understanding of the processes controlling smoke transport and dispersion from low-intensity fires. Smoke from low intensity fire, either from wildfires or prescribed fires, can cause serious transportation safety problems as well as public health and aesthetic issues. Formation and dispersion of superfog in the southeast is of particular concern. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-05 Trade-off assessments of AMR More Information Actions
Trade-off assessments of AMR decisions The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) seeks proposals that evaluate the consequences of alternative responses to 2007 and 2008 wildland fires. Successful proposals will characterize the consequences of wildland fire strategies and tactics implemented on the ground, and contrast those results with outcomes that could have occurred if alternative strategies and tactics were chosen. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-06 Fire disturbance on fuels More Information Actions
Fire, insect outbreak, and windstorm effects on fuel profiles and fire behavior The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring research projects that investigate the effects of fire, insect outbreaks and windstorms on resultant fuel profiles and future fire behavior. In addition, JFSP seeks proposals that investigate these effects under varying climatic scenarios, including prolonged drought. Enhanced understanding of the influences of these processes on future fire hazard and risk will allow land managers to better focus their fuel treatments. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-07 Predictive fire severity maps More Information Actions
Predictive fire severity maps The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in proposals that advance predictive methodology for geospatial fire severity assessments. The term fire severity is used herein as defined by NWCG as the degree to which a site has been altered or disrupted by fire. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-08 threatened and endangered wildlife species More Information Actions
Compatibility of fuel treatments and fire management with conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife species The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) seeks proposals that investigate the compatibility of fire and fuels management activities with habitat and population restoration of wide-ranging listed or candidate threatened and endangered (T&E) wildlife species. While many perceive that T&E wildlife species conservation frequently conflicts with fire and fuels management, recent work has shown that the goals of maintaining T&E habitat and restoring fire-adapted ecosystems can be compatible. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-09 Prevention effectiveness More Information Actions
Prevention effectiveness The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in funding research proposals that evaluate the effectiveness of fire prevention activities in terms of reduced fire starts. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-10 2008 wildfire & wildland fire use re-measurement More Information Actions
2008 wildfires and wildland fire-use fires  re-measurement opportunities The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is seeking proposals that focus on re-measurement and analysis of recently burned-over experimental sites and other areas where extensive pre-fire data are available on fuel treatments, stand structure, fuel characteristics, or other resource attributes. The intent is to fund re-measurement of key variables that have previously been measured according to a robust sampling design. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-2-01 Synthesis More Information Actions
Syntheses of existing knowledge The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interesting in sponsoring projects that synthesize existing information in a form that is useful to land managers. The goal is to present information on topics of importance to land managers that have a sufficient base of existing knowledge to support a synthesis and management interpretation. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-3-01 New science - fire ecology More Information Actions
New science initiative  fire ecology The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring projects that stimulate and support activities that lead to or advance innovative ideas regarding the interactions of fire, vegetation, and fuels in a changing climate. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-4-1 Regional science consortia start up proposals More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting start-up proposals to support regional consortia of fire science providers and managers to enhance fire science delivery and adoption. View requirements

Closed on Jul 10, 2009