Feb. 27-March 1, 2012
Santa Fe, New Mexico


The closing plenary will focus on the record-breaking 2011 fire season in the Soutwest. Speakers will cover a range of topics related to the lessons learned from the season and how to apply these lessons to future management and research work in the Southwest.

Featured topics include:

  • 2011 Fire Season Operational Overview: Joe Reinarz
    Mr. Reinarz is the Incident Commander for a Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team (IMT) and the Fire Management Officer for the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. His Type 1 IMT managed portions of the Horseshoe 2 (Coronado NF, AZ), Wallow (Apache-Sitgreaves NF, AZ), and Las Conchas (near Los Alamos, NM) Fires during the summer of 2011.

  • Ecological Considerations from the 2011 Fire Season: Dr. Tom Swetnam
    Dr. Swetnam is Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Tree-ring Research at the University of Arizona. He studies natural and cultural disturbances of forest ecosystems across a broad range of temporal and spatial scales. He uses dendrochronology (tree rings) in combination with other natural archives and documentary sources to reconstruct the histories of fire, insect outbreaks, human land uses, and climate. His research is aimed at improving basic understanding of the history and dynamics of forests and woodlands, particularly for applications in ecosystem management. He, his students, and collaborators study disturbance and climate histories in the Southwestern U.S., northern Mexico, Sierra Nevada of California, Northern Rockies of Idaho and Montana, Blue Mountains of Oregon, Southern Rockies in Colorado, Patagonia region of Argentina, and the Central Plateau of Siberia, Russia.

  • Socio-Political Considerations from the 2011 Fire Season: Dr. Tom Sisk
    Dr. Sisk is Professor and Founder of the Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology at Northern Arizona Univeristy. His work focuses on three interrelated goals: improving our understanding of ongoing environmental change; engaging others in the challenges, societal relevance, and rewards of conservation; and helping to provide solutions to emerging problems facing policy makers and land managers. His laboratory group researches a broad range of topics related to the restoration and conservation of biodiversity and sensitive habitats, combining field study, geographic analysis, and spatial modeling. The group also studies and applies deliberative methods for engaging stakeholders in science-based environmental planning and policy development. A native of New Mexico, he has worked around the world, developing a broad perspective on science, government, and the environment.

  • Moving Forward from the 2011 Fire Season: Dr. Tom Zimmerman
    Dr. Zimmerman is the Program Manager for the Wildland Fire Management, Research, Development and Application program, which sponsors and guides the development and application of wildland scientific knowledge, develops decision support tools, and provides science application services to the interagency wildland fire community. He has been instrumental in providing leadership to fire management programs across the country, particularly in the early years of managing fires for resource benefits.

  • Historical Perspectives on the 2011 Fire Season: Dr. Stephen Pyne
    Dr. Pyne is Regents' Professor on the Human Dimensions of Biology at Arizona State University. His research interests focus on how people and nature interact. He has authored numerous books on the history of exploration and environmental history, with a special enthusiasm for the history, ecology, and management of fire. He is currently working on two books that bring focus to the past 40 years of remarkable changes in American fire policy, institutions, sciences, and practices.