Event Title

The Role of Prescribed Fire Councils in Restoring the West

Presenter Information

J. Morgan Varner

Location

USU Eccles Conference Center

Event Website

http://www.restoringthewest.org

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Abstract

Prescribed fire faces challenges to its use as a widespread ecological restoration tool in many fire-prone western North American ecosystems. The primary challenges to prescribed fire use include social, regulatory, and operational impediments. Prescribed Fire Councils (PFCs) are a mechanism utilized across the US to maintain and increase the use of prescribed fire, to increase outreach and science delivery, to engage stakeholders, and increase peer-to-peer education. PFCS were developed in the southeastern US and have recently expanded into western states and British Columbia. PFCs are diverse and represent place-relevant constituencies and the issues that the prescribed fire communities face. PFCs offer a way forward to increase and improve prescribed fire as a cultural, silvicultural, and restoration tool.

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J. Morgan Varner is an Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Oct 29th, 1:30 PM Oct 29th, 2:00 PM

The Role of Prescribed Fire Councils in Restoring the West

USU Eccles Conference Center

Prescribed fire faces challenges to its use as a widespread ecological restoration tool in many fire-prone western North American ecosystems. The primary challenges to prescribed fire use include social, regulatory, and operational impediments. Prescribed Fire Councils (PFCs) are a mechanism utilized across the US to maintain and increase the use of prescribed fire, to increase outreach and science delivery, to engage stakeholders, and increase peer-to-peer education. PFCS were developed in the southeastern US and have recently expanded into western states and British Columbia. PFCs are diverse and represent place-relevant constituencies and the issues that the prescribed fire communities face. PFCs offer a way forward to increase and improve prescribed fire as a cultural, silvicultural, and restoration tool.

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