USA: The Wildland-Urban Interface: Substaining Forests in a Changing Landscape

The Wildland-Urban Interface:
Sustaining Forests in a Changing Landscape

5-8 November 2001, Gainesville, Florida, USA

The conference is organized by theUniversity of Florida.

The Wildland-Urban Interface
The Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), the area where urban lands meet and   interact with rural lands, presents many challenges and concerns for natural resource managers as well as its residents. Sustaining forests in this rapidly changing landscape is one of the main and complex challenges, involving an array of issues ranging from managing growth to managing forest health. Natural resource managers are directly involved with land management, but with additional knowledge, skills and tools they can also be active players and leaders in policy-making, land-use planning, and developing partnerships with the varied stakeholders in order to more effectively sustain our forests.

The purpose of this conference is to provide current information and tools to enhance natural resource management, planning, and policy-making at the wildland-urban interface. Invited speakers will deliver overviews of major issues in four main areas related to wildland-urban interface: Planning and Managing Growth, Human Dimensions, Conserving and Managing Forests for Ecological Services and Benefits, and Conserving and Managing Forests under Different Ownerships. Results of an on-going USDA Forest Service assessement (Human Influences on Forest Ecosystems: Assessing the Southern Wildland-Urban Interface) will also be presented. Contributed oral and poster presentations will give new research results and illustrate examples of successful programs, approaches, and case studies. In addition, the conference will provide an opportunity for natural resource professionals and planners to share their concerns and knowledge about WUI issues and to formulate research and education needs.

Conference Structure
A field trip on the first day will introduce paticipants to WUI issues in Florida. In general sessions, invited speakers will provide an introduction to the wildland-urban interface and summarize the results of The Southern Wildland-Urban Interface Assessement. Concurrent sessions on WUI topics will include an Overview and synthesis by an invited speaker and more specific information by contributed presentaions and posters. The concurrent sessions will also provide ample time for discussions among the participants, and their recommendations for future research, education and technology transfer will be summarized and presented during the final general session.

Who Shoud Attend

  • State and federal forestry and natural resource agnecy personnel including resaerchers
  • University scientists and extension specialists anf agents
  • Urban foresters, arborists, and horticulturists employed by municipalities, counties, or the private sector
  • Industry and consulting foresters
  • State, regional, county and city planners and policymakers who deal with natural resources planning or environmental managemnet

Call for abstracts
The sponsors and organizers of the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference invite you to submit abstracts for oral and posters presentations. We encourage natural resource professionals and planners to present new research results and examples of successful approaches and case studies from the interface. Presentations focusing on innovative ideas and programs for sustaining forests at the interface are especially welcome. If you wish to make a presentation, please submit an abstract no later than June 1, 2001. Abstract specifications and submission instructions are located on the conference web page (see below).

For conference information contact:

Dr. Mary L. Duryea
Dr Susan W. Vince
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
University of Florida
P. O. Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
PH: (352) 846-0896 / (352) 846-0886
FAX: (352) 846-1277

For registration information contact:

IFAS Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
University of Florida
Leadership and Education Foundation, Inc.
Building 639 Mowry Road
P. O. Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
PH: (352) 392-5930
FAX: (352) 392-9734

        For updates or to register online: visit theconference web site:



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