Fire "fighters" are not necessarily the best people to manage fire. Foresters, Range Conservationists, Ecologists, and other natural resource managers should take a more prominent role in managing the primary ecological disturbance agent in north american terrestrial ecosystems. Make fire management more accessible to professional natural resource managers and new college grads. The Incident Qualifications and Certification ...more »
The attached essay underscores the importance of fire ecology professionals in an era of tightening budgets. We welcome your feedback in this forum!
The Cohesive Strategy includes a goal for building resilient landscapes in the face of climate change. Perhaps this group can clarify how to set measurable objectives that would lead us to achieving this. We have oriented our fire management goals around restoring fire regimes for decades. Is this still appropriate considering that the climate is shifting? The term "resilience" is so ambiguous that it makes a poor ...more »
I am really distressed about the disconnect between forest ecology/fire ecology and the status quo of forest and fire management. These two professions work on the same issues yet worlds apart. Forest management must shift to creating more resilient ecosystems rather than waiting until there is a wildfire and sending in the cavalry. Fuels/forest management funding is constantly being cut, but wildfire may soon qualify ...more »