1) Fire scientist and management outreach
a) All members attended the 2012 AFE International Congress. Some members gave presentations.
i) Impacts of landscape fuel treatment design on hazardous fire potential: A comparison of an actual fuel treatment network to a theoretical design by Chris Dow
ii) What LiDAR metrics are most important for explaining the occurrence of severe wildfire? by Anu Kramer
iii) Social relationships affect wildland fire outcomes by Kate Wilkin
iv) We also took a field trip to Ecola State Park to enjoy coastal Oregon and explore fire regimes and the timber industry outside of California. Here the forests burn every 400+ years with stand replacing fire. Some of this region burned in the early 1800s and had an even age stand. These even age stands also resulted from large clear cuts.
b) Chris Dow attended the California Licensed Forester's Association and submitted Forest product infrastructure and forest fuel reduction to the conference proceedings.
c) Kate Wilkin attended The 2013 George Wright Society Conference on Parks and Protected Areas and California's Landscape Conservation Cooperative's Southern Sierra Climate Change Workshop where she presented a poster - Protecting forest biodiversity: Understanding climate change refugia for management.
d) Kate Wilkin and collaborators lead a research site tour, Natural and social tradeoffs of chaparral fire risk reduction, at Northern California Prescribed Fire Council spring meeting in Hopland, CA.
i) Abstract: Fire managers are caught in the middle of a difficult dilemma: how to preserve natural shrublands while simultaneously protecting humans from wildfire. In 1999 The Stephens Lab began a long term experiment to assist managers; the goal was to determine the effects of two fuel reduction types (prescribed fire and mastication) and three different seasons of treatment (fall, winter and spring) on shrub cover, height, fuel loads, non-native plant density, and bird diversity. We will discuss 3-year post treatment vegetation & bird response; discuss the interactions of birds, mastication, and Lyme disease; and tour 10+ years post treatment experimental areas at Hopland UC Reserve.
2) Youth outreach
a) Continued wildland fire education program for 4th graders through Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS), with 9 visits so far.
b) We met with 8th grade students exploring careers in fire ecology and discussed fire ecology, behavior, and climate change. They toured the lab and examined many of our tools and samples. The highlight was a demonstration of extreme fire behavior --- the fire vortex. This event was featured on the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project Green Blog (http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=9685).
3) Departmental outreach:
a) Sponsored departmental happy hour (see HappyHour photos)
i) Our menu was true to our fiery studies: Flaming Cookie Monster shots, Muddled jalapeno margaritas, Triptych of Fire succession cakes (see Happy Hour photos), Chili with an arsenal of hot sauces, Tree ring cookies, Beer and Wine, and for other budding fire ecologist, we had a grill-your-own-station with veggie kebobs and marshmallows. For their safety, we let them borrow our Nomex and hard hats. Dr. Scott Stephens kept people warm & entertained with a demonstration of extreme fire behavior --- fire devils. This event was featured in California's Joint Fire Science Consortium web-site (http://www.cafiresci.org/blog/2013/1/31/represented-through-cake-mixed-conifer-post-fire-succession.html).
b) Sponsored department coffee klatch
c) Fire movie nights (Nova's Fire Wars and Firestorm), beer, pizza, and research preparation. We made solar radiation shields for Wilkin's climate sensor network for downscaling.
a) Prescribed fire at UC's Blodgett Experimental Forest with SAFE members and ten undergraduate students.
b) Anu Kramer attended The Nature Conservancy's prescribed fire training in Nebraska (see Nebraska photo), American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) National Conference: Imaging and Geospatial Technologies and Summer 2012 Technical Session: Remote Sensing of Fire and Ecosystem Impacts, Silvilaser Conference, LiDAR Workshop for Fire Related Studies sponsored by the National Park Service, and 2012 fall Northern California Prescribed Fire Council meeting.