Tall Timbers 24th Fire Ecology Conference

Tall Timbers 24th Fire Ecology Conference
The Future of Prescribed Fire: Public Awareness, Health & Safety

11-15 January 2009, Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A.

The 24th Fire Ecology Conference will be held 11-15 January 2009 at the Ramada Conference Center in Tallahassee, Florida, USA


Tall Timbers’ Fire Ecology Conferences were begun in 1962 by Tall Timbers Research Station to provide an international forum for the presentation of new research and discussion of current topics in the area of Fire Ecology. This conference and its proceedings were the first to focus on the emerging new field of Fire Ecology and played a key historic role in the recognition of fire as a natural ecosystem process. Over the years, the conference theme has focused on various current topics and ecosystems where open discourse and sharing of information has been needed to refine research direction and thought. The peer-reviewed proceedings continue to provide a trustworthy resource for scientists and decision-makers seeking the latest advances in Fire Ecology.


The objective of the 24th Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference is to present and publish current scientific research on topics that will likely influence the future of prescribed fire. Despite critical dependence of natural ecosystems and wildfire control efforts on the use of prescribed fire, many new challenges to its continued use have developed. These include the expansion of the wildland-urban interface, stricter air quality regulations, and concerns about the effects of fire on carbon sequestration and mercury cycling. Planning for the future of prescribed fire will require science-based information on which to build sound policy that provides for the public good, including protection from wildfire, conservation of natural areas, and provision of a safe and healthy environment. Topics to be addressed during the conference may include:

  • Fuel loading and particulate emissions
  • Air quality and human health
  • Public awareness and education
  • Smoke management and modelling
  • Burning in the wildland-urban interface
  • Tradeoffs between prescribed fire and wildfire
  • Fire management policy
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Mercury cycling
  • Ecosystem function and restoration


Ramada Conference Center
2900 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303

 Special Sessions

  • Meeting of the National Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils
  • Meeting of the Association for Fire Ecology Southeast Chapter
  • Panel discussion on future of prescribed fire

 Conference Website


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