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Southwest Fire Ecology Conference 

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Fire, Landscapes, 
Wildlife, & People

Building Alliances for 
Restoring Ecosystem Resilience

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

This Conference will engage researchers, decision makers, and practitioners across disciplines in friendly roundtable discussions on key issues, informed by scientific and practitioner talks and panel debates.   


Intent:  We will provide researchers and managers the opportunity to share scientific findings and management experience on fire's role in restoration of watersheds and wildlife habitats, and in sustaining ecosystem services for future generations.  An important objective is for participants to become acquainted with emerging initiatives and partnering opportunities that can enhance their fire community capabilities.  Specific topics that will be covered are listed below.
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Region and Ecosystems:  This conference addresses fire-adapted ecosystems throughout the North American Greater Southwest including: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas; southern Utah, California, and Colorado; and northern Mexico.  Ecosystems of interest include deserts, grasslands, wetlands, riparian, pi´┐Żon-juniper, and mixed conifer.  


Managers and scientists knowledgeable about fire ecology in Mexico are encouraged to participate.

Anyone interested in fire ecology and the future of fire management in this area should plan to attend. 

Call for Presentation & Poster Abstracts opens June 27

Now Accepting Proposals for Special Sessions and Workshops

Topic Categories Include: 

  • Mixed Severity Fire Regimes and Management
  • Collaborations and Alliance Building for Fire Management
  • Ecosystem Resilience and Climate Change
  • Fire and Ecological Restoration
  • Fire and Wildlife
  • Fire Management and Fire Ecology in Mexico
  • Fire Ecology and Effects
  • Smoke Management
  • Fire Effects on Cultural Resources/Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Submit Abstracts on our Conference Website. Submit proposals for Special Sessions and Workshops to the Program Committee Chair.  

Other Upcoming AFE Events:  

Interior West Fire Ecology Conference: Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World.  Snowbird resort near Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 14-17, 2011.  Call for papers deadline is June 17, 2011.  See our Interior West Conference website for more details.  


The 5th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress:  Uniting Research, Education and Management.  Portland, OR at the Oregon Convention Center, Dec. 3-7, 2012.  See AFE's conference page for more details.

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Become a member of our growing network of fire professionals ~ 

Join the Association for Fire Ecology 

to receive exclusive membership benefits and conference discounts.

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in beautiful Santa Fe.  This historic, landmark hotel is just steps from the Plaza and sits quite literally at the terminus 

of the Santa Fe Trail. 


Sponsorship opportunities

are available for support from government agencies, institutions, and businesses, ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 and higher.  Support of this important regional conference will be used to cover conference organizing and logistics, and help us keep registration fees low.  You can download the Sponsorship form here.


For more event information:


Steering Committee Chairs

Mark Kaib or Richard Gatewood




Conference Coordinator

Carl Hansen



Program Committee Chair 

Andi Thode



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Southwest Fire Ecology Conference 

Southwest Fire Science Consortium 


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