November 14-17, 2011
Snowbird Resort, Utah



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Nov. 14

Workshops; Check-in and Registration


Workshops; Check-in and Registration


Nov. 15

Opening Plenary

SAFE Meeting

Black-backed Woodpecker
Special Session
Carbon Dynamics
Fire and Invasives
Fire and Resource Management

Poster Session and No-Host Social

Nov. 16

Post-fire Erosion Special Session
SageSTEP Special Session
Climate Change and Fire

AFE Lunch and Member Meeting

Student Presentation
Special Session
Mapping, Modeling
and Monitoring
Fire and Interior West Ecosystems

AFE Banquet and Awards

Nov. 17

Post-disturbance Fuel and Fire Modeling Special Session
Fuels Management Techniques
Socioeconomic Issues of Fire
Closing Plenary (1120 – 1200)




Detailed Conference Schedule

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Schedule: Nov. 14

Monday - November 14

All Day Registration and Workshops
0830-1200 LANDFIRE Wildland Fire Assessment Tool - Wasatch Room
  FCCS, Consume, Fuels Photo Series, Pile Calculator - Magpie Room
1200-1330 LUNCH
1330-1700 LANDFIRE Fire Regime Condition Class Assessment - Wasatch Room
  Behave Plus - Magpie Room

Schedule: Nov. 15

Tuesday, November 15

0830 - 0840 Opening Plenary - Ballroom 3
Louisa Evers - Moderator
Brian Oswald - Conference welcome
0840 - 0910 Tom Quigley - Cohesive Strategy: Potential Changes in Fire Management
0915 - 0945 Bob Abbey - Fire in the Great Basin – The Nature of Change
0950 - 1020 Jeremy Littell - Projected Changes in Climate in the Interior West and Implications for Area Burned by Fire
1020 - 1050 BREAK - Ballroom 2
1050 - 1120 Robin Tausch - Vegetation Change in the Great Basin over Time  
1125 - 1155 Penny Morgan - Preparing Wildland Fire Professionals for a Changing Future  
1200 - 1330 LUNCH, SAFE Meeting, Poster Set-up
1330 - 1350

Session 1

Wasatch Room

Black-backed Woodpecker Special Session
Sue Livingston - Moderator

Session 3

Superior Room

Post-disturbance Fuel and Fire Modeling Special Session
LaWen Hollinsgworth - Moderator

Session 4

Magpie Room

Fire and Interior West Ecosystems
Bob Keane - Moderator

M. Bond - Post-fire Habitat use by the Black-backed Woodpecker J. Hicke - Effects of Bark Beetle-caused Tree Mortality on Wildfire J. Bates - Juniper Debris Burning and Vegetation Recovery
1350 - 1410 C. Hanson - Post-fire Habitat Availability and its Implications for the Black-backed Woodpecker G. Meigs - Mapping Disturbance Effects on Forest Fuels: Implications for Insect-Fire Interactions K. Kemp - Multiple Disturbance Interactions and their Effect on Understory Response after Fire in Subalpine Forests of Northern Colorado
1410 - 1430 D. Odion - Implications of Forest Thinning for the Habitat of the Black-backed Woodpecker D. McKenzie - Multi-scale Mapping of Fuels in a Post-disturbance Environment T. Woolley - Lodgepole Pine Forests Following Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemics: A Chronosequence of Fuels and Potential Fire Behavior for South-central Oregon
1430 - 1450 Panel Discussion D. Donato - Assessing Forest Fuels After Bark Beetle Outbreaks and Other Disturbances:  What Can Fire Models Tell Us? K. Johnson - A Multifaceted Analysis of Fire Monitoring Handbook Data from Bryce Canyon National Park
1450 - 1510   M. Johnson - Effects of Logging on Fuels and Fire Behavior Following a Windstorm J. Bates - Herbaceous Response to Fire in Wyoming Big Sagebrush Associations
1510 - 1540 BREAK - Ballroom 2
1540 - 1600

Session 2

Wasatch Room

Fire and Invasives
Tom DeMeo - Moderator

Superior Room Magpie Room
J. Chambers - Factors that Determine Resistance to Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) in Sagebrush and Pinyon and Juniper Dominated Ecosystems R. Parsons - Impacts of Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks on Coupled Fire/Vegetation/Atmosphere Interactions in Lodgepole Pine Stands using FIRETEC M. Battaglia - Tree Seedling Germination and Establishment in Masticated Forest Stands, Colorado
1600 - 1620 C. Decker - Fighting Cheatgrass Instead of Fire in Zion National Park—Summary of Treatment Effectiveness and Lessons Learned C. Hoffman - The use of WFDS to Quantify Crown Fire Hazard following Bark Beetle-caused Mortality in Lodgepole Pine Forests C. Teske - Characterizing Fire-on-Fire Interactions in Three Large Wilderness Areas Using the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) Fire Perimeter Data
1620 - 1640 A. Corrow - Simulating Effects of Cheatgrass Invasion and Climate Changes on Wildfire Patterns in an Old-growth Western Juniper Ecosystem: Implications for Management and Restoration M. Jenkins - The Influence of Fuel Moisture and Monoterpenes on the Flammability of Conifer Fuels M. Alexander - What kind of fire behavior is required to open serotinous cones of jack pine and lodgepole pine?
1640 - 1700 K. Davies - Fire Management for Preventing and Controlling Exotic Annual Grass Invasions M. Jolly - Relationship Between Foliar Moisture, Leaf Chemistry and Ignitability of Pinus contorta Needles during the Early Stages of Mountain Pine Beetle Attack  
1730 - 1900 POSTER SESSION and NO HOST SOCIAL - Ballrooms 1 and 2
Poster Number Presenter
1 D. Goodwin - Soil carbon efflux response to prolonged prescribed fire management in the Red Hills
2 J. Restaino - Wildfire and fuel treatment effects on carbon storage, eastside Cascade Range, Washington, USA
3 J. Clark - Reducing ecosystem vulnerability through management treatments under potential future climate change conditions:  An experimental framework for incorporating simulation models into decision-making frameworks.
4 S. Kitchen - Mixed Aspen-Conifer Post-Fire Succession: the Twitchell Canyon Fire as a Long-Term, Variable Severity Case Study
5 H. Smith - Evaluating landscape changes in vegetation, surface, and canopy fuel properties on a small subalpine landscape in central Montana, USA after a mountain pine beetle outbreak – The TCEFGRID study
6 T. Woolley - Lodgepole pine forests following mountain pine beetle epidemics: A chronosequence of fuels and potential fire behavior for south-central Oregon
7 G. Andrews - Post-fire response in a coastal redwood/Douglas-fir forest, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
8 E. Comfort - The implications of fuel heterogeneity at management boundaries for fire behavior and wildlife habitat in the Elk Creek Watershed, Oregon
9 A. Dean - Coyote Hills: An adaptive management case study
10 C. Droske - Tree Seedling Density and Height Growth Following Post-fire Salvage Logging and Grass Seeding in Mixed-Conifer Stands on the 2005 School Fire, Washington, USA
11 M. Ghodskhahe  Daryaei - The effect of fire on some chemical properties of forest soil in Guilan province (Case study: Saravan)
12 M. Madsen - Innovative Use of Seed Coating Technology for the Restoration of Soil Hydrology and Wildland Vegetation in Post-fire Water Repellent Soil
13 E. Moghaddas - Post-wildfire restoration treatments – impacts to soil nitrogen and surface runoff chemistry
14 K. Shive - Influences of pre-fire treatment and fire severity on pine regeneration after a large wildfire
17 E. Strand - Effects of fuel load, heterogeneity, and environmental conditions on fire behavior in grasslands- Results from a physics based process model
18 L. James - National to Local:  a Pre & Post Assessment of FCCS Landscape Variables for CSKT
19 C. Wright - Photo Series for Quantifying Natural Fuels in Sage-Grouse and Spotted Owl Habitat in the Pacific Northwest
20 A. Corrow - Double Sampling Application to Line Intersect Sampling for Coarse Woody Debris Inventories
21 C. Martin - Keeping Up With the Changing Landscape in Wildland Fuels (LANDFIRE Total Fuel Change Tool a Practical Method for Fire and Fuels Managers)
22 E. Montblanc - Joint Fire Science Program's Knowledge Exchange Consortia
23 E. Montblanc - The Great Basin Science Delivery Project
24 P. Whisenant - Piney Woods Country Club: A Firewise Community Golf Course in Texas
25 J. Zapell - Managing Wildland Fires and Public Acceptance of Longer Duration Fires in South-central Utah
26 E. Strand - Learning to Predict Vegetation Change: a Step-wise Progression for Acquiring State and Transition Modeling Skills
27 J. Freeman - Do we know what we're doing?   Articulating and monitoring wildfire objectives
28 M. Ghodskhahe  Daryaei - Risk zone mapping of forest fire using GIS and AHP in Guilan province
29 C. Hoffman - Numerical simulation of crown fire hazard following bark beetle-caused mortality in lodgepole pine forests
30 R. Loehman - Scales of inference, uncertainties, and key results from an intercomparison of three vegetation-fire simulation modeling platforms in Yellowstone National Park, USA
31 A. Morgante - Incorporating spotting into a simple fire perimeter model
32 L. Peterson - Fire effects of Ponderosa pine following prescribed fire
34 H. Shi - Detecting trends and seasonal changes in non-forest live fuel using remotely sensed time-series data in the Western United States
35 F. Heinsch - Use of fire danger Fire Characteristics Charts for fire planning


Schedule: Nov. 16

Wednesday, November 16


Session 5

Wasatch Room

Post-fire Erosion Special Session
Matt Germino - Moderator

Session 6

Superior Room

SageSTEP Special Session
Jim McIver - Moderator

Session 7

Magpie Room

Fire Trek: The Next Generation Special Session
Tim Ingalsbee - Moderator

0800 - 0840 J. Williams - Hydrologic and Erosional Impacts Associated with an Increased Role of Wildland Fire on Western Rangelands 0750 - 0800 J. McIver - Introduction 0800 - 0820 B. Cassell - Potential Impacts of Climate Change on FireRregimes in the Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
0800 - 0820 D. Pyke - Stress in Fire-Prone Sagebrush Steppe and Resistance to Cheatgrass Invasion 0820 - 0840 K. Krasnow - Wildfire, Management, and Regeneration of Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) in the Sierra Nevada and Glass Mountains, California, USA
0840 - 0900 V. Etyemezian - Wind Erosion Measurements up to Three Years after Fire 0820 - 0840 R. Miller - Short-term vegetation Response to Piñon and Juniper Removal in Sagebrush-Steppe 0840 - 0900 L. Poulos - Prescribed Fire and its Interactions with the Invasive Bunchgrass, Brachypodium sylvaticum
0900 - 0920 M. Germino - Surface Conditions Affecting Post-fire Wind Erosion in Cold Desert 0840 - 0900 B. Roundy - Effects of Fire and Fuel Treatments on Soil Water Availability in Sagebrush Communities 0900 - 0920 A. Shanklin - Rehabilitation of Slash Piles in Colorado
0920 - 0940 J. Eitel - Surface Roughness Effects on Concentrated Flow Erosion Processes in Rangelands Pre- and Post-fire 0900 - 0920 A. Hulet - Characterizing Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands Post Fuel-Reduction Treatments Using High-Resolution Imagery 0920 - 0940 G. Andrews - Post-fire Response Following Mixed-severity Fires in Redwood/Douglas-fir Forests
0940 - 1000 J. Sankey - Quantifying Biogeomorphic Reponse to Fire at Micro-biome Scales 0920 - 0940 N. Cline - Germination Prediction from Soil Moisture and Temperature in the Great Basin 0940 - 1000 S. Hood - How does Fire and Water Stress Affect Tree Resistance to Bark Beetles?
0940 - 1000 F. Pierson - Runoff and Erosion Responses on Burned and Unburned Sagebrush Steppe and Wooded Shrublands in the Great Basin, USA
1000 - 1030 BREAK - Ballroom 2
1030 - 1050 M. Wagonbrenner - Measuring and Modeling Dust Emissions from Soils Burned by Wildfire 1030 - 1050 K. Young - Mechanically Shredding Utah Juniper and Soil Environment Characteristics 1030 - 1050 A. Morgante - Incorporating Spotting into a Simple Fire Perimeter Model
1050 - 1110 N. Glenn - Remote Sensing of Post-fire Conditions in Sage-steppe 1050 - 1110 S. Knick - Short-term Response by Bird Communities to Pinyon-Juniper Removal by Prescribed Fire 1050 - 1110 K. Riley - The Relationship of Large Fire Occurrence to Drought and Fire Danger Indices in the US West using Downscaled Weather Data
1110 - 1130 B. Newingham - Comparing the Effects of Post-fire Seeding Techniques on Soil Erosion in a Dryland Ecosystem 1110 - 1130 J. McIver - Butterfly Response to Sagebrush Steppe Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments: Unintended Consequences? 1110 - 1130 C. Dunn - Comparison of Forest Structure and Carbon Dynamics between Intensively Managed and Unmanaged Forest Environments Following Fire Disturbance
1130 - 1200 M. Miller - Post-fire Rehabilitation Treatments and Wind Erosion in Low-elevation Rangelands – Lessons from the Milford Flat Fire 1130 - 1150 K. Rollins - Measuring the Economic Value of Fuel Treatments on Great Basin Rangelands 1130 - 1150 G. Meigs - Pyrodiversity in Pacific Northwest Forests: a Photographic Journey Through Space and Time
1150 - 1200 J. McIver - Summary
1200 - 1330 AFE Luncheon and Member Meeting - Ballrooms 2 and 3

Session 8

Wasatch Room

Climate Change and Carbon Dynamics
Brian Oswald - Moderator

Session 9

Superior Room

Fire and Resource Management 1
Genie Montblanc - Moderator

Session 10

Magpie Room

Mapping, Modeling and Monitoring
Faith Ann Heinsch - Moderator

1330 - 1350 A. Brunelle - Holocene Fire Disturbance from South-central Utah A. Dean - Coyote Hills: An Adaptive Management Case Study P. Roohr - The Availability of NOAA Climate Services and Support for Fighting Wildfires
1350 - 1410 R. Loehmann - Modeling Effects of Climate Change and Fire Management on Western White Pine (Pinus monticola) in the northern Rocky Mountains, USA B. Collins - Impacts of Fire Exclusion and Recent Managed Fire on Forest Structure in Old Growth Sierra Nevada Mixed-conifer Forests J. Scott - Techniques for Landscape-scale Assessment of Potential Wildfire Behavior
1410 - 1430 J. Haas - And the flames went higher? Future Trends in Burn Probabilities and Flame Lengths under Changing Climates L. Christman - The Expected Value of Wildfire Potential Information: A Discrete-Space Location-Allocation Problem for Fire Suppression Resources S. Barrett - Fire Regime Condition Class: Concepts, Methods, and Applications
1430 - 1450 C. Kolden - The Fallacy of Area Burned: Fire Pattern Data Reveal Significant Unburned Area within Fire Perimeters E. Comfort - Fire Regimes, Forest Change and Restoration of Forested Landscapes in the Middle Applegate Watershed, Oregon G. Dillon - Both Topography and Climate Affected Burn Severity in Forests and Woodlands of the Western US, 1984 to 2006
1450 - 1510 R. Loehmann - Restoration and Management of High-elevation Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) Forests Under Future Climate and Fire Regimes in the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA J. Scott - Assessing the Potential Impact of Wildfires Managed for Multiple Objectives Using the FSIM Large Fire Simulator Y. Qi - Remote Monitoring of Sagebrush and Gambel Oak Live Fuel Moisture using Soil Moisture and Remote Sensing Proxies
1510 - 1540 BREAK - Ballroom 2
1540 - 1600 C. Dicus - Simulated Carbon Dynamics in Post-fire Successional Pathways of the Wasatch Mountains, Utah L. Hollingsworth - Application and Utility of a Prototype Fire Perimeter Database for Wildfire Operations, Project Planning, and Research J. Gilbertson-Day - Sensitivity of Fire Behavior Metrics to Change in Fuel Data Resolution and Implications for Landscape Wildfire Risk Analysis
1600 - 1620 C. Dunn - Incorporating Snag Dynamics into Estimates of Post-fire Carbon Emissions from Dead Biological Legacies M. Pence - Spatial Fire Management Planning within WFDSS M. Jolly - Apparent Changes in Conifer Foliar Moisture are Driven by Seasonal Dry Weight Allocation
1620 - 1640 K. Osborne - Impacts of Alternative Landscape-level Fuel Management Strategies on Short-term Carbon Emissions and Long-term Carbon Storage S. Hummel - National fire severity classes related to tree mortality measured two years post-burn C. Seielstad - Frontiers in Fuels Science: Using Laser Scanners to Re-invent Fuels Characterization
1640 - 1700 K. Riley - Risk-based Estimates of Terrestrial Carbon Storage and Wildfire Emissions for the Conterminous US M. Alexander - On the Value of Wildland Fire Behavior Case Studies R. Steffens - Seasonal fuel moisture monitoring and climate trends: a 20 year assessment from Grand Teton National Park
1830 - 2100 BANQUET and AWARDS - Ballrooms 2 and 3
Banquet Speaker:  Stan Kitchen - Living with Cheatgrass

Schedule: Nov. 17

Thursday - November 17


Session 11

Wasatch Room

Fuels Mgt. Techniques
Christine Brown - Moderator

Session 12

Superior Room

Issues of Fire
Clint Wright - Moderator

Session 13

Magpie Room

Fire & Resource Mgt. 2
Greg Dillon - Moderator

0800 - 0820 K. Cueno - Initial Results Following Thinning and Chipping of Ponderosa Pine K. Stetler - The Effects of Wildfire and Environmental Amenities on Property Values in Northwest Montana J. Hudec - Fuel Variability Following Wildfires in Forests with Mixed Severity Fire Regimes, Cascade Range, USA
0820 - 0840 T. Jain - Integrated Fuel Treatments from the Site to the Landscape: Restoration of Northern Rocky Mountain Moist Forests T. Ingalsbee - Smoke Signals: New Messages and Policies to Nurture Greater Public Tolerance for Forest Fire Smoke D. Pilliod - Spring-ignited Prescribed Fires Reduce Severity of Subsequent Wildfire in Idaho
0840 - 0900  J. Kreye - Effects of Mastication on Fire Behavior and Fire Effects in Litter-Dominated Fuelbeds K. Rollins - Ecology and Economics of Fire:  Integrated Models L. Chappell - After the Burn: Twitchell Canyon Wildfire 2011 Post-fire Vegetation Response
0900 - 0920 J. Large - Ignition Characteristics of Mulched Fuels R. Houtman - Letting Wildfires Burn S. Prichard - Landscape Analysis of Fuel Treatments and Wildfire Severity in North-central Washington State
0920 - 0940 R. Keane - Scaling Surface and Canopy Fuels in the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA T. Zimmerman - Opportunities for Change and Influence within the Framework of Wildland Fire B. Washa - Hazardous Fuels Treatment Effectiveness on Utah BLM Lands
0940 - 1000 R. Keane - Describing Spatial Variability of Surface and Canopy Fuels in the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA A. Rowley - Line Officer Philosophy and Intent: Decision-making on a Large Fire B. Oswald - Addressing Highly Underestimated Risks of Wildland Fire in Rural-urban Interface Areas in The Netherlands: a Collaborative Effort between the Dutch Government and Stephen F. Austin State University
1000 - 1030 BREAK - Ballroom 2
1030 - 1050 M. Battaglia - A Comprehensive Guide to Fuels Management Practices for Ponderosa Pine/ Dry Mixed Conifer Forests: Eastern Cascades, Klamath/Siskiyou, Northern Rockies, and Utah A. Rau - Anthropogenic Fire in Designated Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest T. DeMeo - Anticipated Effects of Water Balance Deficit on Fire Regime Class at Mid-century in the Blue Mountains, Oregon
1100 - 1130 Closing Plenary - Ballroom 3
D. Thomas
- Metaphors Fire Ecologists Use:  Observations of An Amateur Anthropologist at the Interior West Fire Ecology Conference
1130 - 1140 L. Evers - Closing Remarks


Invited Speakers

In order of appearance:

  • Keynote Speaker: Tom Quigley (Senior Advisor, Natural Resource Management and Science, METI, Inc.)  “Cohesive Strategy: Potential Changes in Fire Management Direction”
  • Bob Abbey (National Director , Bureau of Land Management) “Fire in the Great Basin: The Nature of Change”
  • Jeremy Littell  (Research Scientist, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, University of Washington )  “Projected Changes in Climate in the Interior West and Implications for Areas Burned by Fire”
  • Robin Tausch (Supervisory Range Scientist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Reno, NV) “Vegetation Change in the Great Basin Over Time”
  • Penny Morgan (Professor of Forest Resources, University of Idaho) “Preparing Wildland Fire Professionals for a Changing Future”
  • Banquet Speaker: Stan Kitchen (Research Botanist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Provo, Utah)  “Living with Cheatgrass”
  • Closing Speaker: Dave Thomas (USFS, ret.; owner, Renoveling) “Metaphors Fire Ecologists Use: Observations of an Amateur Anthropologist at the Interior West Fire Ecology Conference”