Join us November 28-December 2, 2017 at the 7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Orlando, Florida for a 20 year reflection and a look toward the future. See below for conference updates, and please forward this message along to your networks!  
Final Call! Posters, Attached Meetings, and Photos  
Due Friday, September 15
Posters and Attached Meetings 
Just 2 days left to submit your proposal for a Poster Presentation or Attached Meeting. The September 15 deadline will not be extended, so make sure to get your proposals in!

The poster session will take place on Tuesday, November 28, and posters will remain on display throughout the conference. Combined with our Welcome Reception, the poster session will be a fun event for showcasing your work and networking with colleagues. A poster contest is planned for undergraduate and graduate student posters.

Attached Meetings are a great opportunity, especially if you already have several attendees from your agency or organization attending the conference. Meetings can be scheduled in the afternoons, Tuesday-Friday. We'll provide the meeting space, and you'll organize the meeting and invite your participants.
AFE Photo Contest 
Time to pick your favorite fire ecology photo and take a couple of minutes to enter the AFE Photo Contest! Wi nning photos will be showcased at the 2017 Fire Cong ress and w ill be included in conference materials (e.g., premiums, program, screensavers) and AFE materials (e.g., websites, publications, displays). Submit your photos using our online submission form by September 15, 2017.
Conference Presenter Information  

Notifications for all oral presentation and fire circle proposals were emailed in August. If you submitted a proposal and did not hear back, let us know at

Please make sure to register by September 21st so we can include your presentation information in the program. We will send notifications for poster proposals and attached meetings as soon as possible, so you can also get registered.
Speaker presentation guidelines and poster presentation guidelines are now available. Take special notice of the requirements for uploading your presentation, and the opportunity to submit a short research highlight that will be available online after the conference.

A draft schedule of all session times will be posted by the end of September.

Workshops and Field Trips
A new feature for this year's conference program is the opportunity to participate in workshops and trainings throughout the week. Check out the list of 13 workshops so you can start planning your conference agenda.
Pre-Registration Workshops
  • Rx 310 Introduction to Fire Effects
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and its Impact on the Fire World
  • Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS)
  • An Introduction to Wildfire Analyst: Real-time Wildfire Behavior Analysis and Simulations
  • Learning the Photoload Sampling Technique: Visually Estimating Surface Fuel Loadings from Photographs for Research and Management Applications
Drop-in Workshops (no sign-up required)
  • Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT): An Application for Wildland Fuel and Fire Management Planning
  • Introduction to the FFI Ecological Monitoring Application
  • Introduction to STANDFIRE: A Spatially Explicit Fuel and Fire Modeling System
  • Wildland Fire Smoke and Roadway Visibility: Being Situationally Aware in Order to Predict, Prepare and Prevent Accidents
  • Hands-On Educational Activities with the FireWorks Educational Program
  • Leadership and Gender in Wildland Fire Culture: Firefighter Perspectives on Leadership Excellence
  • Managing At-Risk Species on Southeastern Public Lands: A Case Study on Embedded and Ephemeral Wetlands in Florida Species
Field Trips 
Conference participants can choose from several field trips, which will be held on Saturday December 2. All field trips are $60. These trips offer a chance to see first-hand how the concepts discussed during the conference are being applied in Florida. Check the conference website for field trip descriptions, including approximate return times.  
  • St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park Burnover Staff Ride
  • St Johns River Water Management Hal Scott Property
  • Archbold Biological Station
  • TNC Tiger Creek Preserve
  • Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge/NASA
  • Big Cypress (field trip is full; email to be added to the waitlist)
Conference Location News
Hurricane Irma 
We have been in touch with the staff at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, and the hotel fared well through Hurricane Irma and is open for business. Our thoughts and best wishes are with all those affected by the storm.   
Room Reservations 
Room nights at the Hilton will be offered at government per diem rates (starting at $129 per night, plus 12.5% tax). Click here to book your room using the Hilton's online reservation system. If you prefer to make your reservation over the phone, please contact central reservations at (855) 757-4984 and make sure to say you are part of the "AFE Fire Congress" Room Block.

Room reservations must be made by  Monday, October 30, 2017 to receive our reduced conference rate. Keep in mind that these ratesare also available forattendees 3 days before or after the conference, if you are planning to enjoy Orlando and the attractions area. In addition, discount tickets to the parks are available to conference attendees. 
Award Nominations Due October 1  

Help recognize your outstanding colleagues by submitting a nomination for a Lifetime Achievement Award or SAFE Student Excellence Award! Nominations will be accepted through October 1, and awards will be presented at the awards luncheon during the conference on Thursday, November 30.
Have someone in mind? Visit AFE's  nomination process webpage for more information.
Moderators and Volunteers  

If you can serve as a moderator for a session at the Fire Congress, please contact Tom DeMeo at to let him know. Moderator duties include introducing the speakers and keeping everyone on time.
Students can get reduced fees when they volunteer for work shifts at the conference. Simply choose the "student volunteer" option during registration, and we'll get in touch with you.
And More!
We can always use more help, from stuffing registration bags on Monday and helping at the registration desk to making sure the presentations are preloaded on laptops in each breakout room. Please contact Annie Oxarart at if you can assist during the conference.
Thank You to Our Sponsors and Exhibitors!



Hosted by Association for Fire Ecology, 
in cooperation with Southern Fire Exchange
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