A Century Of Wildland Fire Research: Contributions To Long-term Approaches For Wildland Fire ManagementBoard on Earth Sciences and Resources
March 27, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW Washington DC 20418
The costs of wildland fire in the United States are enormous, not only in terms of the financial impacts of fire suppression and post-fire rehabilitation of property and ecosystems, but also in terms of loss of lives, impacts on physical health of nearby communities, effects on local and regional economies from losses of revenue, and the impacts of cascading events such as landslides and flooding. Wildland fire management has become even more difficult because of increasingly dry conditions in some areas of the country and the expansion of the urban-wildland interface, among other factors. Within the federal government, for example, more than 50% of the Forest Service's annual budget was dedicated to wildland fire in 2015, up from 16% in 1995.
This workshop will be recorded and the presentations will be made accessible online for viewing 7-10 days after the meeting.
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Statement of TaskAn ad hoc planning committee appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will organize a workshop to examine the last century of wildland fire research in context of
(1) recent, rapid increases in extreme fire behavior and the hazards and risks these fires pose to communities and landscapes
(2) the occurrence of wildfire as an integral part of the natural, healthy evolution of landscapes.
Specific attention will be given to scientific results, capabilities, and information that have been or can aid wildland fire managers, policymakers, and communities in support of a more strategic, long-term approach to wildland fire management.
Specifically, the workshop will feature invited presentations, discussions, and break-out activities that will address the research status, needs, and challenges related to:
1. Helping wildland fire managers and responders discriminate between "good" and "bad" fires;
2. Adaptive fire and forest management;
3. Proactive approaches to landscape level fuel management; and
4. Societal needs and considerations to support and implement long-term wildland fire management strategies.