By looking broadly at where technology is needed to reduce risk—and where it may be headed—we can empower the PRiMO ‘Ohana to maximize the good, minimize the bad, and realize the vast possibilities for technology that fulfills PRiMO’s vision for a resilient Pacific region.
Did you know that wildfires on Guam burn an average 3.3% of the island's area each year? That's a lot, when you consider Guam is only 210 square miles. Fire has immediate impacts on the communities, forests, and the fringing reefs of this small island. Photo Credit: SIFA Pacific.
Wildland fire science and management are defined by continuums, The Fire Continuum Conference will take you on a journey from science and management activities that take place before a wildfire occurs through the post fire activities and fire ecology.
The International Association of Wildland Fire is presenting this workshop in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regional Strategy Committees.
Ask questions and share & discuss experiences and Lessons Learned with 2017's wildfire incidents.
This forum will highlight the impacts of climate change on native Hawaiian forests and how those impacts may be mitigated so we can ensure the recovery and perpetuation of Hawai‘i’s unique botanical diversity.
An exciting blend of learning opportunities for fire managers, natural resource professionals, policy and administrative leaders, and the academic and research community.
Land cover maps are a powerful tool that can aid in better landscape-scale natural resource management decisions. Join this webinar to learn about and discuss applications of available map data for Hawaii and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands.
The CNH Council works to promote professional Wildland Fire Management practices, protect lives and property, and enhance natural resource values. CNH provides an open forum for identification and discussion of issues related to Wildland Fire Management.
Learn about the key aspects of climate and weather that influence fire risk in Hawaii and other tropical Pacific Islands. Webinar will also cover how forecasters determine & communicate fire risk, as well as provide resources for assessing fire weather on Pacific Islands.
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Location: Waimea Valley /59-864 Kamehameha Hwy /North Shore, Hawaii
West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, and the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife are pleased to present a unique Landowner Assistance workshop focused on technical assistance and land management.
As part of the workshop, participants will explore successes and challenges for Waimea Valley with the site's Conservation Specialist, Laurent Pool.
Date: July 18th - 20th
Location: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI
Registration: Early Bird through June 9
The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference allows a diverse group of scientists, policymakers, conservation practitioners, educators, students and community members from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to converge and discuss conservation. It’s a time to connect, share and inspire, all with the common goal of caring for our natural resources.
He Waʻa, He Moku – Mālama Honua: Caring for Our Island Earth
“He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa”, translates simply as “the canoe is an island, and the island is a canoe." This year's theme highlights the need to treat the biocultural resources of our island home, and island earth, as carefully as we would the limited water and food carried on a waʻa. In Hawaiʻi, like on a voyaging canoe, we must work together to ensure the sustainability of our communities, our islands, our archipelago, and our planet. Effective stewardship will require cultural knowledge as well as the best available science and technology, traditional and innovative management tools, and collaboration between all sectors.
The concept of Mālama Honua, caring for our earth, is being carried across the globe by the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, sailing waʻa of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. At home, we honor their work by striving to leave a legacy of sustainability and reversed decline of natural resources. In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress was held in Honolulu, putting our islands on the global stage and compelling us to think of our impact around the world. As the waʻa return home in 2017, we reflect on our global ties, our legacy for the future, and the work we must do to keep on course.
Conference highlights will include presentations from impactful speakers, opportunities to learn about different technologies, methods, and approaches to conservation, field activities, and new and strengthened partnerships among Hawaii’s conservation community.
Date: Monday, July 17th, 2017
Time: 8am - 4pm
Location: Palehua in Makakilo, O'ahu, Hawaii
Format: Morning workshop followed by afternoon field trip.
Join us to explore a rarely-seen part of the Waianae Mountains and to learn about wildfire planning and mitigation.
Wildfire impacts and shapes landscapes and ecosystems in dramatic ways and poses significant challenges to conservation in Hawaii. This place-based training is affiliated with the Hawaii Conservation Conference but does not require conference registration to participate.
- Learn how climate, vegetation, and human activities create hazardous wildfire conditions
- Learn how to apply and integrate fire-related resources and information through a problem-based learning exercise
- Understand the challenges of integrating fire management and conservation objectives in the field.
- Share your own experiences, ideas, and approaches to conservation as well as land and fire management.
May 6th @ Hale Halawai, Kona, Big Island
Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization invites you to join them in Kona for a Party for Wildfire Awareness in honor of Community Wildfire Preparedness Day. Come celebrate with the whole family at Hale Halawai Park on May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free fire truck demonstrations, capoeira and yoga classes, games for keiki, and more.
Date: Tuesday, April 25th
Time: 11 am to 12pm HST
Join us to learn about post-fire restoration efforts and results at the Waianae Kai - Makaha burn site on Oahu. A 40-minute presentation will be followed by 20 minutes of group discussion and Q&A with the presenters.
- Tamara Ticktin, Professor of Botany, University of Hawaii
- Amy Tsuneyoshi, Watershed Resources Specialist, Honolulu Board of Water Supply
- Clay Trauernicht, Wildfire Mgt. Extension Specialist, University of Hawaii
Wildfires frequently occur across the leeward, lowland areas of Hawaii. Although most burns occur in grassland and non-native shrubland, fires do spread mauka into dry and mesic forest areas and this pattern will likely increase as climate change leads to warmer and drier weather.
At present there is little information on the recovery of lowland Hawaiian mesic forests after fire or on best practices to restore areas that have burned. In September 2003, a human-caused fire burned 4 hectares of native mesic forest on the ridge between Wainae Kai and Makaha valleys on Oʿahu island.
Through a partnership between the University of Hawaii, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, DOFAW and Kaʿala Farms, we began a project to document the recovery of the forest from the fire and to restore it. We set up 56 permanent monitoring plots and a series of photo points and in collaboration with community volunteers and Waianae High School students we removed non-native species, established soil erosion control barriers, and grew and outplanted native species seedlings. Native and nonnative plant species establishment was surveyed in plots with and without outplanting over 2004-2006 and then again in 2017.
Here we present our findings on the recovery of the forest, and the effects of our restoration efforts, 14 years after the burn. We conclude with thoughts and recommendations for current management of the site and for future responses to fires in mesic forest areas.
National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop—All Hands, All Lands: Implementation Rooted in Science
Dates: April 25 - 27, 2017
Location: Reno, Nevada
Details - The workshop will:
- Provide a clear understanding of the importance and critical role of science in all Cohesive Strategy planning and implementation.
- Reinforce that the focus of the Cohesive Strategy implementation is "all hands, all lands" and that seamless access to the best available and correct science is vital to success at every level and every action.
- Identify examples and opportunities where implementation is informed by the "right" science and information.
- Identify processes to ensure science integration in all planning and implementation activities and identify future research needs in support of Cohesive Strategy implementation.
- Develop recommendations for continuing actions on this subject.
Date: April 21-23, 2017
Location: Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA
This year’s event has outstanding environmental damage experts and lawyers from around the country. Programs include 9 hours of wildfire investigation, 4 hours of fire ignition forensics, 4 hours of vegetation management, 3 hours of environmental damages analyses, 11 hours of legal issues and more.
A Century Of Wildland Fire Research: Contributions To Long-term Approaches For Wildland Fire Management
Date: March 27th, 2017
Time: 1:45am - 6:30am HST (7:45am - 12:30pm Eastern)
Host: Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, National Academy of Science
The costs of wildland fire in the United States are enormous, not only in terms of the financial impacts of fire suppression and post-fire rehabilitation of property and ecosystems, but also in terms of loss of lives, impacts on physical health of nearby communities, effects on local and regional economies from losses of revenue, and the impacts of cascading events such as landslides and flooding. Wildland fire management has become even more difficult because of increasingly dry conditions in some areas of the country and the expansion of the urban-wildland interface, among other factors. Within the federal government, for example, more than 50% of the Forest Service's annual budget was dedicated to wildland fire in 2015, up from 16% in 1995.
This workshop will be recorded and the presentations will be made accessible online for viewing 7-10 days after the meeting.
Dates: Pre-Conference - March 18-21; Conference - March 21 - 23
Location: Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV
Details: The IAFC's Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) conference offers hands-on training and interactive sessions designed to address the challenges of wildland fire. If you are one of the many people responsible for protecting local forests or educating landowners and your community about the importance of land management—then this is the conference for you.
Understanding the social and environmental factors that drive fire risk and the available strategies to reduce that risk is critical information for planners, community outreach and education efforts, and both marine and terrestrial resource management programs. This half-day training is co-developed by the Pacific Fire Exchange and the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization.
- How climate, vegetation, and human activities affect fire occurrence on Pacific Islands and the impacts of fire on cultural and natural resources.
- Current strategies, informational resources, and funding opportunities available that target fire risk reduction. (Community Wildfire Protection Plans and public outreach, pre-fire planning and fuels management and risk reduction, mitigating social and ecological impacts).
- Informational resources and their application using case studies
- Facilitated discussion with training participants about current needs and potential partnerships between fire-related projects and other natural disaster work in the Pacific.
Dates: March 20th - 23rd, 2017
Location: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI
Registration: Early Bird until Jan. 31st, 2017, Regular until March 15th, 2017
Details: The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) conference is the premier venue for community leaders interested in protecting Pacific Island communities from natural hazards. Each March, hundreds of participants gather to make connections, learn from each other, discuss ongoing initiatives, and design action plans. This year’s conference theme is “Navigating Toward Security and Sustainability.”
Pacific Fire Exchange will be hosting a workshop at the conference - "Wildland Fire Risk and Mitigation Strategies on Pacific Islands".
When: Friday, February 24 from 9am to 5pm
Location: Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona
Details: The annual Nāhelehele Dryland Forest Symposium will highlight dryland forest ecology and restoration efforts in Hawai‘i. The Symposium brings together researchers and conservationists to share their ideas on how to preserve and restore Hawaii’s remaining dryland forests. The symposium is open to the public.
Pacific Fire Exchange Field Trip: In partnership with Ka‘ahahui ‘O Ka Nahelehele and the States Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the PFX will be hosting a field trip as part of the conference. We will be exploring the Pu'u Wa'awa'a State Park in the context of fire mitigation and ecosystem services.
About Dryland Forests: The dryland forests of Hawai‘i are fragile habitats that are home to many of the rarest plants in the world. Dryland forests were once considered to be the most diverse forest ecosystems in the Hawaiian Islands, but have suffered decades of deforestation and degradation. Only remnant patches of these habitats of highly diverse communities of plants and animals remain today. The Dryland Forest Symposium provides a forum to discuss recent developments in dryland forest conservation and restoration, and an opportunity to interact with others interested in dryland forest ecology.
Southwest Fire Ecology Conference - Beyond hazardous fuels: Managing fire for social, economic, and ecological benefits
Dates: November 28 - December 1, 2016
Location: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tuscon, AZ
Goals and objectives of this conference include:
- Create new connections among researchers, managers and practitioners
- Through roundtable discussions, provide an opportunity for line officers, resource advisers, operations and planning staff, public information staff, etc., to understand some of the internal communication issues that occur during wildfire management actions and to develop potential solutions
- Invite presentations on new science and management
Dates: November 14 - 17, 2016
Location: Long Beach, California
Details: ISS2 will bring together researchers from the atmospheric sciences, the ecological sciences, mathematicians, computer sciences, climatologists, social scientists, health professionals, smoke responders and others to discuss the complex issues of wildland fire smoke and identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for innovation and development.
The symposium aims to address a variety of wildland smoke related issues, through topics that relate to methods for tracking, modeling and inventory, social implications, climate implications, current and future research needs, and practical field management techniques for smoke.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
Time: 3:30pm HST
Location: St. John Building, Room 11, University of Hawaii Manoa
Presented/ Hosted by: Dr. Clay Trauernicht / UH Natural Resources & Environmental Management
Details: The proportion of land area affected by wildland fire in Hawaii and western Pacific Islands such as Yap, Guam, and Palau is equal to, and in some years greatly exceeds, that of states in the Western US. The impacts of fires can be particularly acute on Pacific Islands given the proximity and tight linkages among communities, watersheds, and nearshore resources. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to fire ecology and the extent and drivers of wildland fire on Pacific Islands. This background will provide a jumping off point to explore new research on how fire history can be used to assess changes in landscape flammability in Hawaiian watersheds within the context of ecosystem services and climate change. The talk will conclude with an overview of the Pacific Fire Exchange, a multi-partner effort to improve the integration and application of fire science in land management, planning, and conservation through stakeholder engagement.