Montréal will be the site of the ESA 90th Annual Meeting, to be held jointly with the INTECOL IX International Congress of Ecology. The 2005 ESA-INTECOL Joint Meeting marks only the second time these two major organizations have met jointly and we anticipate record attendance at this historic convocation of ecological scientists, researchers, educators, administrators, and policy-makers from all around the globe.
Two of a total of 36 workshops will address wildland-fire related issues:
Workshop 6: Interpreting fire history from sediment records of macroscopic charcoal: Theory, analytical techniques, and future directions (Sunday, 7 August 2005)
Over the past 20 years macroscopic charcoal records have become a widely used tool for reconstructing fire history and local fire regimes. Empirical and theoretical research from the late 1980s set a foundation for analyzing lake sediment charcoal records to infer local fire occurrence, and more recent empirical research has served to refine analytical techniques and interpretations of charcoal series. While progress has been made in standardizing methodologies, researchers are still faced with a variety of decisions that ultimately affect the fire history interpreted from a given charcoal record. In this day-long workshop researchers interested in charcoal-based fire history reconstructions will discuss and exchange recent insights on the theoretical and empirical bases for inferring fire history from sediment-charcoal records, and the trade-offs between different methodological approaches. The format will consist of informal presentations followed by discussion groups on specific topics. We anticipate significant communication between participants and presenters.
Workshop 16: LANDFIRE: Scientific foundations for multi-scale fire, fuels, and risk assessments (Sunday, 7 August 2005)
Fire managers are faced with reducing hazardous fuel loads, restoring sustainable fire regimes and ecosystems, and decreasing the threat of catastrophic wildfires to community values. Often, the comprehensive scientifically-credible data and models needed to test alternative fuel treatments across multi-ownership landscapes are lacking. Over the next 5 years, the USDA Forest Service, Department of the Interior and The Nature Conservancy are implementing the LANDFIRE project, which will produce consistent and comprehensive spatial data on vegetation, historic fire regimes, fire regime condition class, and fuels across the entire United States , including Alaska and Hawaii . While it will fill immediate needs for testing alternative fire management scenarios, planning fuel treatments, and allocating resources, the data and models will also have much broader applications in research, biodiversity conservation, and strategic forest and resource management planning. We will discuss the objectives and methods of the LANDFIRE project, management challenges it aims to address, and research opportunities afforded by the data and models. The goal of the discussion is to raise awareness of the LANDFIRE project and present opportunities for collaboration and application.