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FLN Networker No. 227: January 4, 2017

The FLN Networker is a publication of the Fire Learning Network—a partnership of the USDA Forest Service, agencies of the Department of the Interior and The Nature Conservancy—intended to foster communication within the network and among its friends.  Submit comments, information to share, and subscription requests to Liz Rank.

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News from the Field

Colorado: The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network is finding learning exchanges among core members to be a productive model for sharing knowledge and inspiration. The most recent of these, the Four Corners Learning Exchange, brought together partners from FireWise of Southwest Colorado and Fire Adapted ColoradoMichelle Medley-Daniel( reported on the exchange in a FAC Net blog post.

New Mexico-Colorado: A video from the Chama Peak Land Alliance talks about the burning underway in the San Juan-Rio Chama region through its work with the FLN and the Scaling-up to Promote Ecosystem Resiliency (SPER) strategy. The burning supports the Rio Grande Water Fund’s 20-year strategic plan for restoration of the watershed.

New Mexico: The Forest Stewards Guild produced an illustrated brochure highlighting the benefits of the Black Lake collaborative controlled burn conducted in October. These include capacity-building through training opportunities, fuel reduction near the community of Angel Fire and forest health, thus touching all three goals of the Cohesive Strategy. For more, contact Eytan Krasilovsky (

OregonKerry Metlen ( and Gwyneth Myer (Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative) are among the co-authors of the paper “Developing and Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Options in Forest Ecosystems: A Case Study in Southwestern Oregon, USA” published in Forests this fall. The changing scope and scale of fire in the Rogue Basin are front and center in the paper, which highlights the process of developing science-management partnerships for the region, the need to include the public, and efforts to refine and implement climate adaptation actions on the ground.

Southern Blue Ridge: An article in Science, “As Record Appalachian Wildfires Fizzle Out, Scientists Look to Learn from the Destruction” quotes FLN partners Helen Mohr ( and Mike Brod ( It also refers to possible post-fire studies by the Coalition of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists (CAFMS) together with USFS Southern Research Station and Region 8 scientists, the FLN and The Nature Conservancy.

Prescribed Fire Training ExchangesSix TREX are planned for the spring burn season. New this year is college credit, through an online/field course offered through the University of Idaho, with the field portion to be completed at one of the exchanges. See the TREX section below for more.

Resource: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: Saturday, May 6 has been set as the date for this national wildfire awareness and action day. Information—including resources such as news release and social media templates and the 2017 logo—are available on the NFPA site. Applications for $500 community action grants will be accepted starting January 9.

Articles: Ecology and Society / Fire Ecology / Conifer Establishment / Mulching

Ecology and Society: The latest issue of Ecology and Society includes the synthesis article “U.S. Wildfire Governance as Social-Ecological Problem,” in which Toddi Steelman addresses two questions: To what extent do the spatial and temporal scales of our wildfire governance system fit the social-ecological dynamics that drive the system? What could we do to improve wildfire governance if we were to embrace social-ecological dynamics?

Also of interest may be the article “A Simplified Approach to Stakeholder Engagement in Natural Resource Management: TheFive-Feature Framework.”

Fire Ecology: The December issue of Fire Ecology is now available. In addition to a farewell and thanks to editor Jim Agee, the issue includes the article “Did the 2002 Hayman Fire, Colorado, USA, Burn with Uncharacteristic Severity?”

Conifer Establishment: The article “Predicting Conifer Establishment Post Wildfire in Mixed Conifer Forests of the North American Mediterranean-Climate Zone” that recently appeared in Ecosphere is based on a study of 14 fires in 10 national forests. Reseeding rates after fire were found to be very heterogeneous, and “5–7 years after fire, most burned areas did not meet Forest Service Region 5 stocking rate guidelines for conifer regeneration.” The authors discuss how their model may be used to “identify where on the landscape conifer regeneration is most likely to fail and where supplemental planting is most justified, improving restoration efficiency.”

Mulching: The article “Mulching Fuels Treatments Promote Understory Plant Communities in Three Colorado, USA, Coniferous Forest Types” reports on a study begun in 2007. “Whether stand-scale increases in understory plants following mulching treatments are desirable ultimately depends on management objectives.”

Job: Conservation Forester

Conservation Forester: The Jefferson Conservation District (CO) is hiring a Conservation Forester to work with stakeholders to develop a forest management plan, perform field work and produce conservation plans. Details are on the district’s employment page; applications are due by January 29.


January 26                 Restoring Fire’s Role in Fire Adapted Communities    

                                    11:00 Pacific / noon Mountain / noon Central / 1:00 Eastern
Justice Jones (Austin Fire Department) will discuss the use of prescribed fire in the wildland-urban interface in Texas in this Southern Fire Exchange webinar.

February 16               A Four-Step Approach to Planning for Wildfire in the WUI    

                                    11:00 Pacific / noon Mountain / noon Central / 1:00 Eastern
Stephen R. Miller will be the presenter in the first webinar in the California Fire Science Consortium’s 2017 WUI Webinar series.

Network Workshops & Field Tours

January 10                 South Central FLN: Interior Highlands Collaborative Partners / Russellville, AR

                                    Partners will discuss ongoing projects, review the development of the Interior Highlands Collaborative Five-Year Strategic Plan, and discuss progress on current action items related to the plan.
Information / RSVP: Brenda Luper (

January 11                 South Central FLN: Gulf Mountain WMA Restoration Tour

                                    The tour will be hosted by: Randy Brents and A.J. Riggs of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Information / RSVP: Brenda Luper (

January 12                 Big Piney Ranger District CFLRP Tour

                                    The tour will be hosted by District Ranger Tim Jones.
Information / RSVP: Brenda Luper (

January 12                 Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment Landscape / Table Rock State Park, NC

                                    Originally scheduled for December 13, partners in this SBR FLN landscape will meet for a recap of the fall wildfire season, look ahead at the upcoming prescribed fire season, and share a lot of good outreach and communication information. An agenda and directions will be available after the first of the year.
Information: Kristen Austin (

January 24                 Georgia Blue Ridge FLN Annual Workshop / Blairsville, GA

                                    The workshop was originally scheduled for November 29. There will be morning presentations on a range of topics, from eco-zone mapping to the FAC Southern Appalachian Coalition, followed by afternoon discussions of topics such as barriers to fire implementation and communications.
Information / RSVP: Malcolm Hodges (

January 24-25            Potomac Headwaters FLN Landscape Workshop / Frostburg, MD

                                    This will be the kick-off workshop for the new Central Appalachians FLN landscape. Registration will be open through January 6 (but attendance will be capped at 50 participants):
Information: Deborah Landau (

March 14-15               FireScape Mendocino Workshop 10: Fire Adapted Communities / TBD, CA

new listing                 Partners in this FLN will explore their landscape through the lens of fire adapted communities at this workshop, and set out ways to incorporate FAC concepts and work into their strategies.
Information: Mary Huffman (

April 4-6                      Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network / Tahoe, NV 

new listing                 Core FAC Net members and partners from across the country will share learning and discuss the coming year’s strategies at this annual workshop.

May 16-18                   Southern Blue Ridge FLN Annual Workshop / TBD, GA

                                    The theme of the workshop will be “Nature-Based Solutions in the Southern Blue Ridge region”—enhancing resiliency in natural ecosystems and improving diverse wildlife habitats while also mitigating wildland fire risk to people and making wildfire is easier to live with. It will be hosted by the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains landscape. Further information will be available near the start of the new year.

FLN Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX)

College credit            This spring the University of Idaho is offering an online, upper division forestry

new listing                 course with TREX as the field component. Details are in the course flyer; registration is due by March 24.

March 13-25, 2017     Loup Prescribed Fire Training Exchange / central Nebraska 

deadline                     Participants in this TREX will conduct burns on private ranch lands designed to benefit native grassland and wildlife by discouraging woody encroachment into grasslands. The target audience includes local VFDs and landowners, as well as national and international participants from a range of agencies and conservation organizations. Applications are due by January 15.
Information: details are attached, and also available on the Conservation Gateway (announcement,application)

March 13-April 2        Niobrara River Valley Prescribed Fire Training Exchange / Ainsworth, NE 

deadline                     This TREX is timed to coordinate with university spring breaks, and participation from college students enrolled in fire or natural resources management curricula is encouraged. It will host about 40 participants, with a goal of burning more than 5,000 acres in north-central Nebraska, including the Niobrara Valley Preserve (The Nature Conservancy), Fort Niobrara/Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Complex (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) and private lands. Applications are due by January 15. This TREX will include a day when non-burners can observe; details are in a flyer being distributed locally.
Information: details are attached, and also available on the Conservation Gateway (announcement,application).

April 30-May 13         Ashland Prescribed Fire Training Exchange / Ashland, OR 

                                    Visit the Upcoming TREX page on the Conservation Gateway for a link to the save-the-date flyer, and for further details when they are available.

May 1-12                     Central Oregon Prescribed Fire Training Exchange / Bend, OR 

                                    Visit the Upcoming TREX page on the Conservation Gateway for a link to the save-the-date flyer, and for further details when they are available.

late spring (TBD)      Chama Peak Prescribed Fire Training Exchange / northern NM-southern CO 

updated                      This TREX will take place in the Rio Grande Water Fund landscape.
Information: a flyer and announcement with preliminary information are on the Conservation Gateway

May 15-30                   Luera Prescribed Fire Training Exchange / south-central NM 

new listing                 Information: a flyer with preliminary information about this TREX is on the Conservation Gateway

Conferences, Workshops, Training, Etc.

February 7-8              Burning Issue: Sparking Effective Communication About Fire / State College, PA

new listing                 This meeting is a joint workshop by the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council, the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists, and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange.

March 13-17               Northeast Oklahoma TREX / Vinita, OK 

The Great Plains Fire Science Exchange is holding this hands-on training in prescribed fire planning, preparation and implementation, along with classroom sessions on fire ecology and fireline communications.

March 26-April 1        Kansas Forest Service Mitigation Project / TBD, KS 

                                    This annual project’s goals include fire internship experience for local community college students and training and mentoring opportunities to build capacity within the KFS and local, regional and national partners.
Information: see the flyer attached to FLN Networker #222

March 30-April 1        New Mexico Wildland Urban Interface Summit / Albuquerque, NM 


April 19-21                 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference / Pueblo, CO 

The conference theme is “Fire Adapted Communities: Moving from Awareness to Action, Messaging to Mitigation, & Words to Work.” Registration is now open.

April 25-27                 National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop All Hands, All Lands: Implementation Rooted in Science / Reno, NV


May 10-12                   Klamath Fire Ecology Symposium / Orleans, CA 

Every three years, land managers, scientists, tribes, conservationists and community members gather to discuss fire management, history and ecology in the Klamath Mountains and beyond. Nowhere else in the country are the social, cultural, and ecological realities of fire discussed with such candor and connection to place. Agenda and registration information will be available in January.
For other information contact the Mid Klamath Watershed Council (

Nov. 28-Dec. 2           AFE International Fire Congress / Orlando, FL 

The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and Southern Fire Exchange will be co-hosting “Fire Vision 20/20: A 20 Year Reflection and Look into the Future.”

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Send News, Links & Comments

Lynn Decker – – Lynn is out January 17.

Guy Duffner – – Guy is in the office Tuesdays (morning) and Wednesdays and Fridays (mid-day).

Heather Montanye – – Heather is in the office.

Jeremy Bailey – – Jeremy is in San Jose, CA January 9-13.

Mary Huffman – – Mary is in Weitchpec, CA January 3-8.

Wendy Fulks – – Wendy is in the office.

Liz Rank (editor) – – Liz is out January 5.

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Full Links    

News from the Field—CO:

News from the Field—NM—Chama:

News from the Field—NM—Black Lake:

News from the Field—OR:

News from the Field—SBR:

Resource—Community Wildfire Preparedness Day:

Articles—Ecology and Society

Articles—Fire Ecology

Articles—Conifer establishment:


FLN Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges—Chama Peak TREX—Flyer:

FLN Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges—Luera TREX:



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