We're proud to say that we've made an impact.  Here are some of our achievements.

Enhancing the Quality and Relevance of Fire Science Research

  • Breadth, quality, and on-the-ground relevance of research proposals have increased
  • Existing research is being synthesized and deployed more creatively and more deeply into management communities than at any time in recent history of Hawaii
  • Contributed to more sophisticated approach to framing research on natural, cultural, hydrological and agricultural resources in the region
  • Significant progress in bridging management-research divides
  • Increased trust and communication across players in region, expanding collaborative initiatives
  • Increase in requests for information
  • Increased visibility of fire issue in Hawaii and the Pacific

Manager-Driven Needs Assessments

  • 2011 online survey, semi-structured interviews, and focus group 
  • Focus group session with initial Advisory Panel to discuss, unpack, and prioritize 2011 needs assessment results, leading to the creation of the Four Core Goals of PFX
  • Early 2012 survey conducted to clearly define priority topics
  • April 2012 Advisory Panel meeting reviewed 2012 survey results and defined priority activities for coming years
  • 2013 JFSP survey distributed to PFX stakeholders
  • September 2013: PFX Advisory Panel revisited and prioritized knowledge themes and technology needs, and to map out how they align with the PFX logic model, JFSP goals, and the National Cohesive Strategy
  • Creation of matrix of knowledge themes
  • January 2014: Shared comprehensive list of management needs identified by Advisory Panel with stakeholders to prioritize topics that will define info. resources, symposia, and field tours organized in FY 14-15

Data Sharing and Synthesis

  • Research to use native species restoration to break the grass fire cycle
  • Development of spatially explicit tools to improve the fire danger rating system
  • Decision support tools to assist with landscape-scale fire issues
  • Development of a Hawaii specific post-fire restoration manual and decision matrix
  • Research on the response of native and non-native vegetation
  • Creation of custom fuels models for vegetation in Hawaii
  • Preliminary analyses of historical fire weather
  • Supported first ever Hawaii Fire History Database (HFHD) to quantify wildfire trends
  • Preliminary synthesis of statewide wildfire trends
  • Development of fire history database for Palau
  • Ongoing development of fire history database for Guam, with associated technology transfer and training

Dissemination of Synthesis Products

  • Established the PFX website, which is the clearinghouse for fire information in the Pacific
  • Represented the PFX at regional partner meetings, conferences, workshops, and site visits
  • Successful field day events, including July 2013 Mauna Kea State Park Fire lessons learned from a complex fire
  • Request by fire agency managers for researcher participation in upcoming field tours
  • Organized three fire management focused Decision Support Tool workshops
  • Hosted three webinars, including Lessons learned from 100+ years of fire management in Hawaii
  • Organized symposium at 2013 Hawaii Conservation Conference, featuring 6 talks on fire-related topics and drawing over 100 participants
  • Organized presentations for regional partnership meetings
  • Leading fire prevention programming and community wildfire prevention planning in Guam, Yap, and Palau
  • Supported first landscape-scale fire mapping product for Palau's main island: Babeldoab
  • Development of Twitter account and Notes from the Field blog on website
  • Archived and posted additional webinars and bibliographic resources on website

Building a Trust-Based Partnership

  • Established a PFX Working Group, which has met biweekly-monthly for 18 months
  • Established Advisory Panel that meets twice a year
  • Secured funding from USDA Forest Service R5 Fire & Aviation Management (F&AM) to develop Pacific Fire Fellowship Program to build fire focused expertise in difficult to reach Pacific Islands
  • Creation of three positions in Yap, Palau, and Guam as part of Pacific Fire Fellowship Program

Leveraging of JFSP Resources

  • Tripled funding base ($200,000) with resources made available to PFX 
  • Leveraged JFSP funding to create and fill Wildland Fire Specialist position, the first position at University of Hawaii dedicated to wildfire science and extension (formerly, Doug Cram; currently, Clay Trauernicht)
  • Leveraged JFSP funding to create Wildfire Outreach and Coordinator position (Elizabeth Pickett)
  • Secured additional F&AM funding to develop fire history assessment for Hawaii
  • Secured USDA Forest Service PSW grant to recruit and fill PFX Coordinator Assistant (Pablo Beimler)