Wildland Fire 2000

27-30 April 1987, Stanford Sierra Camp on Fallen Leaf Lake, California, U.S.A.

The symposium on Wildland Fire 2000 was held 27-30 April 1987, at Stanford Sierra Camp on Fallen Leaf Lake, near Lake Tahoe, California, convened by the technical coordinators Robert E. Martin, University of California, Berkeley, and James B. Davis, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Riverside, California.

Wildland Fire 2000 brought together practitioners, scientists, educators, and the public from several countries to consider the possible, probable, and preferred status of wildland fire management and science in the year 2000 and beyond.

The technical sessions began with the needs of the public–the logical starting point of the conference. The next session dealt with the response of management to these needs, as well as the needs of management. The third session addressed the response of the education and research communities and their needs. The next session was devoted to nine individual futuring groups, each of which outlined its perception of trends, visions, and strategies for a specific subject area. The individual futuring sessions were considered by many to be a highlight of the symposium. The futuring session was followed by one on interactive or international concerns, and the final session was a report by the individual futuring groups.

Internationally, many problems are foreseen in the developing nations. Their populations and demands for goods and services are increasing, as are the damages from wildfire. Loss of tropical and subtropical forests is occurring, often with use of fire, and generally policies are inadequate to cope with wildland fire. A bright spot is the improving program in international assistance for natural disasters.

GFMC contributions focused on tropical Southeast Asia and on international issues:

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