Conference Deadlines 
In just one month, we'll be meeting in Orlando, Florida for the 7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress! If you haven't booked your room or registered for the conference, now is the time.
Reserve Your Room by October 30!
Hotel rooms at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace are being offered at government per diem rates (starting at $129 per night, plus 12.5% tax). Room reservations must be made by Monday, October 30, 2017 to receive our reduced conference rate.  
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.

The reduced conference rates are available for attendees 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.
Registration Late Fees Start November 1
Regular registration will be open until October 31; after that late registration rates will apply. AFE members receive discounted registration rates, just make sure to log-in to your member account before you register. Please note, per our refund policy, that we do not issue refunds and registrations are not transferable after November 1.
Field Trips
The conference field trips offer a chance to see first-hand how the concepts discussed during the conference are being applied in Florida. All fields trips are $60 which includes transportation and lunch. Check the website for full field trip descriptions. We still have space on the following trips - register today to secure your spot! Please email if you have already registered and you'd like to add a field trip to your registration, or if you want to be added to the wait list for the TNC Tiger Creek Preserve or Big Cypress field trips.    
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park Burnover Staff Ride
Estimated return time - 4:45pm
At 22,000 aces, the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park is a state leader in managing their lands with controlled burns. Towards the end of the controlled burn in 2004, a strong gust front that originated from severe thunderstorms caused the burnover of three crewmembers, including the Burn Boss. Join us on a Staff Ride facilitated by members of the Park Service and other agencies, several of which were present on the incident, who will take you through each key step in the burnover.
St Johns River Water Management Hal Scott Property
Estimated return time - 12:45pm
Join staff from the St. Johns River Water Management District on a field trip to the Hal Scott Regional Park and Preserve. Hal Scott is managed with a short fire return interval to maintain habitat for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker and is adjacent to Wedgefield, a community of 7,400 residents. Wedgefield became the first Firewise Community in Florida, which has resulted in this community becoming safer from wildfire and has made the district's job of managing the ecology of Hal Scott easier.
Archbold Biological Station
Estimated return time - 3:30pm
Join us for a walking tour at the Archbold Biological Station, where we will be focusing on restoration activities on Lake Wales Ridge scrub and sandhill vegetation. You will learn about the "Red Hill" region, which went through decades of fire suppression and is now being restored to a more natural condition through a combination of mechanical treatments and prescribed fire. Extensive research on species such as the Gopher Tortoise and the Florida Scrub-jay is ongoing and will be discussed.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Estimated return time - 2:00pm
Join us on a Florida Park Service buggy as we travel through beautiful Kissimmee Prairie, a landscape reminiscent of the best-selling novel, A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith. Along the way, we will have lively discussions on Florida Grasshopper Sparrow biology, large-scale fire implementation, how various agency partners cooperate to save a very rare species, and how to blend recreation and habitat management within the Florida State Parks.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge/NASA
Estimated return time - 2:30pm
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and National Seashore provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and wildlife. With an excellent long-term working relationship among NASA, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, this unique area is a shining example of how nature and technology can peacefully co-exist. Join scrub biologists and fire managers for a walking tour on the Refuge's Flatwoods Trail, with lively discussions on scrub vegetation, fire ecology, migratory bird management and Scrub-jay biology.
Plenary Sessions   

Our opening and closing plenaries, presented by an outstanding set of national and international speakers, will focus on the conference theme Fire Vision 20/20: A 20 Year Reflection and Look into the Future.  
In addition to the opening and closing plenaries, we have a special plenary session planned for Wednesday, November 29 that will feature Fire AFEx Talks . This plenary session will consist of 10 engaging presentations (think TED or TEDx talks) that will cover diverse wildland fire topics.
Conference Presenter Information  

Notifications have been sent to all presenters, along with your presentation date and tentative time. If you did not receive this information, let us know at

Speaker presentation guidelines and poster presentation guidelines are available on the conference website. 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.
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