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You're invited to participate in the
2014 Quadrennial Fire Review Crowdsourcing Effort

The Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR) is a strategic risk assessment that has been conducted every four years since 2005. The QFR evaluates current wildland fire mission strategies and capabilities against best estimates of the future environment to explore potential risks, threats, challenges, and opportunities.


A defining aspect of the QFR process is identifying future impacts to the wildland fire community - specifically those that have either not yet been identified or are known but may have changed since the last QFR (2009).


It is a joint effort of the U.S. Forest Service, the four Federal  fire management bureaus of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)-the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service-as well as other state, local, tribal, and nongovernmental partners.

Crowdsourcing? How Does it Work?

March 17 begins the 2014 Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR) Crowdsourcing effort.  The site is available for stakeholders to share forward-thinking ideas about the future of wildland fire management---looking out 10 to 20 years, what will our greatest challenges be?  Many of you have been an important partner in the Cohesive Strategy and understand that the challenges we face in managing wildland fire across our Nation are bigger than any one agency or organization can handle alone.  For the 2014 Quadrennial Fire Review we are inviting a broad array of stakeholders and partners to participate in an online dialogue on future challenges, risks, and opportunities regarding wildland fire management.


The crowdsourcing effort is a user friendly and efficient way to collect information on specific topics and increase dialogue among diverse groups with an interest in the future of wildland fire management. Crowdsourcing facilitates the sharing of ideas in a virtual way, so stakeholders can post new ideas, and see what others are saying and comment on those ideas at any time of the day! We value the input from all of our stakeholders and partners as their perspective will help us work together to better plan effectively for future challenges. 


In addition to your own input, please assist us in facilitating high participation by sharing the information regarding the QFR Crowdsourcing process with your various networks and partners. 

Who Should Participate
Long-standing, traditional stakeholders, as well as those who haven't typically been engaged but are impacted by wildland fire management decisions and actions, are invited to participate in the QFR Crowdsourcing effort. Entries may be submitted by individuals or small groups. There is no limit on the number of entries an individual or group may submit.
Why You Should Participate

As you share your ideas, you will help senior wildland fire leadership identify and prepare to meet critical program challenges of the future.  Your perspective is very important to successfully achieving this.  Sharing an idea within a crowdsourcing environment also allows others to comment and strengthen an original idea.


The world is rapidly changing around us, and we need to be ready for what's next. Help shape the future of wildland fire management, so we can plan for what is to come. 

The deadline to submit your comments is 
April 11, 2014.

Sent of behalf of Tom Harbour
Director, Fire and Aviation Management, US Forest Service 
Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium. 
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Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political, and Ecological Effects Conference.  
May 19-23, Missoula, Montana.  This premier international event showcases a week of workshops, field trips, meetings, an art exhibit, film festival, poster session, award banquet and mentor lunch, presentations, and plenaries from today's leading wildland fire experts.  This unique event is co-hosted by Association for Fire Ecology and International Association for Wildland Fire, and promises a dynamic, educational, and enjoyable week of learning and networking, which you don't want to miss!  Register soon, rates go up in mid April.  View our event website for all the details and to register, and View or Download our Event Flyer to share with colleagues.

AFE's 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress.
November 16-20, 2015, San Antonio, Texas, USA.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned as we get ready to announce the exciting details of this upcoming event.  

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