Sharing Knowledge and Experiences in Conservation and Management from the CNMI and Guam
As a global community of practitioners and scientists interested in human dimensions of wildland fire and safety, we seek to spark discussion, interaction and engaged conversation about whether we are focusing on the right problem framings and consequent solutions to deal with these on-going wildfire challenges.
A forum where past experience and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas/technology presented to provide a strong foundation that will facilitate setting a course to the future that addresses and responds to developing challenges locally, regionally, and globally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:00 PM (PDT)
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, South Lake Tahoe, CA
View all event information via the California Fire Science Consortium's website
The CNH Forest Fire Council 2016 Fall Workshop theme is "Line of Duty Death: Prevention/Management/Safety." The 2-day event includes a Staff Ride field trip led by the Nevada State Division of Forestry. Registration cost is $100 (plus a $6.09 online fee).
Dates: September 1 - 10, 2016
Location: Hawaii Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815)
Attend: Learn how to take part here
Details: Held once every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges.
The Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development, but this cannot be achieved by conservationists alone. The IUCN Congress is the place to put aside differences and work together to create good environmental governance, engaging all parts of society to share both the responsibilities and the benefits of conservation.
The Congress has two components:
The Forum is a hub of public debate, bringing together people from all walks of life to discuss the world’s most pressing conservation and sustainability challenges. It includes many different types of events from high level dialogues to training workshops which explore the depths of conservation and innovation.
The Members’ Assembly is IUCN’s highest decision-making body. A unique global environmental parliament, it involves governments and NGOs – large and small, national and international – taking joint decisions on conservation and sustainability.
Dates: May 25 - 27, 2016
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Details: WUI management for wild fire mitigation has become an increasingly critical stake these last years in many regions of the world with Mediterranean climate, including Europe, Northern Africa, California, South America, Australia, Southern Africa, etc. but also in areas with up to now temperate or tropical climate, as a result of both climate change and land cover change.
But the same fire process affects wildlands and the interfaces, although fuel, fire behavior, fire fighting strategies, vulnerability and values, and even fire micro-local weather conditions may radically differ: the great density of anthropogenic ignition points within WUI threatens forest and wildland, while the great amount of energy of large wildland fires contributes to their destructive power when arriving at WUI.
Following the first ForestFire conference focused on WUI fires in 2013, this second conference will try to sum up the scientific knowledge related to the relationship between WUI fires and wildland fires, and will favor exchanges between researchers and risk managers, security services and general decision-makers on this topic.
Dates: May 17 - 19, 2016
Location: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Bilger Hall Room 150
Registration: Deadline is May 3rd. Register here
Details: The Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference brings together conservationists, horticulturalists, researchers, and others working with seeds of native Hawaiian plants, in order to share knowledge with each other and receive training from visiting experts. The theme for 2016 is “Seed Dormancy and Germination” and will feature a workshop with Carol and Jerry Baskin of the University of Kentucky, authors of the authoritative 2014 book Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination.
California Nevada Hawaii Forest Fire Seminar & Training Koloa, Kauai April 12 - 15, 2016. This event will be held at the Sheraton Kauai Resort Poipu. Air/Ground Transportation : Please make your own transportation arrangements. Registration Fee includes all breakfasts, coffee breaks, luncheon, and registration packet. Please contactPatrick.T. Porter@hawaii.gov for any questions relating to this event. Please contact Jason.D.Omick@hawaii.gov or 808.587.4159 for registration support.
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On Friday, February 26, 2016 the tenth anniversary of 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.
Information can be found here:
Beyond Hazardous Fuels: Managing Fire for Social, Economic, and Ecological Benefits; Tucson, ArizonaView Event →
Association of Tropical Biology Conference 2015 - 52nd Annual Meeting Resilience of Island Systems in the Context of Climate Change: Challenges for Biological and Cultural Diversity and Conservation
Symposia proposals due: November 15th
This meeting provides delegates with the opportunity to collaborate with researchers and meet with key speakers and industry leaders—participation is encouraged for anyone with a passion for tropical biology and conservation.
Call for symposia proposals now open
Symposia are the scientific centerpiece of the meeting. These sessions are distinguished from other organized sessions in that they are more explicitly integrated, provide an overall synthesis on their topic, and have broad enough appeal to generate large audiences at the meeting.
Where: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu
Presented By: Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO); Partnership for Pacific Resilience
The annual PRiMO Conference is the premiere venue for disaster risk reduction, hazards, and emergency professionals to share ideas, strategize, and help inform solutions that address the varied challenges facing Pacific Island communities working toward resilience goals. Themed, The Rising Pacific: Currents of Change and Solutions for Resilience, PRiMO 2015 will highlight communities and projects that are engaged in finding solutions to disaster management, climate change, and sustainability challenges in the Pacific region.
In addition to showcasing 25 sessions and professional development trainings, the conference program is thoughtfully designed to facilitate partnerships that transcend geographic boundaries and disciplines, providing unique opportunities for collaboration. Over 300 participants from a diverse range of backgrounds are expected to attend, including representatives from state and federal agencies, non-profits, conservation groups, and the business, health and industry sectors.
Wildland Fire Canada provides a forum for fire researchers and practitioners to exchange best practices and new ideas. Through the exchange of wildfire knowledge and information, the conference allows attendees to develop a deeper understanding about wildland fires from a variety of perspectives. Building on two successful conferences in 2010 and 2012, the Wildland Fire Canada conference series facilitates partnerships from a multitude of natural resource management and research disciplines.
Presented By: U.S. Geological Survey; The Nature Conservancy; Apex Resource Management Solutions
Following in the footsteps of the inaugural 2011 STSM conference, this conference will bring together users of landscape STSM tools - including ST-Sim, VDDT, TELSA and the Path Landscape Model - to provide opportunities for sharing experiences with different applications of the STSM approach.
The event will include an optional one-day training session on the use of ST-Sim, followed by two days of talks by scientists and managers from across North America. Topics will include modeling of land use/land cover change, forest and rangeland management, wetlands management, fuels planning, ecological restoration and reclamation, invasive plant management, wildlife habitat management, climate change and carbon modeling. We will also spend some time presenting and discussing future directions for the development of STSM tools.
This is an opportunity to find out who is doing what and how they are doing it, and to provide input into future developments in landscape modeling technology.
Presented By: National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, Society for Ecological Restoration
Through a multidisciplinary, interactive forum, CEER will:
- address the latest innovations, methods, and tools for combating ecosystem and ecological degradation.
- enable ecological and ecosystem restoration professionals to exchange ideas and lessons learned from past and ongoing restoration efforts from colleagues and other restoration practitioners at both national and international levels
- explore the roles of policy, planning and science in establishing goals and achieving successful and sustainable ecological and ecosystem restoration, and assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into the public and private decision-making process.
- share experiences and explore the roles of state-of-the art science, methods, tools, processes, engineering, planning and policy as applied to ecological and ecosystem restoration efforts.
Two presentations will be about wildfire:
- Restoring Indigenous Fire to California Oak Woodlands by Don Hankins
- Ground Fire Effects and Implications for Fire Management by David Kaplan
Presented By: Hawaii Conservation Alliance
In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Small Island Developing States, 2014 marks the 22nd Annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) “Navigating Change in the Pacific Islands” allowing us the opportunity to bolster island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. Highlights include: thought provoking keynote speakers, panels and forums, innovative networking and training opportunities, and more. Join us in celebrating the 22nd annual HCC!
Perspectives on Hawaii's Wildfire Problem - from Science and Management to Community Action
- Clay Trauernicht (University of Hawaiʻi),
- Rhonda Loh (Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park),
- Creighton Litton (University of Hawaiʻi),
- Andrew Beavers (Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands),
- Wayne Ching (Division of Forestry and Wildlife),
- Elizabeth Pickett (Hawaiʻi Wildfire Management Organization)
Presented By: PFX
As the wildfire issue continues to grow in Hawaii, PFX has taken another step to help raise the awareness level and grow the network by holding a Wildfire Forum on July 15th at the Hawaii Conservation Conference in Waikiki. PFX invited an eclectic group of speakers to provide perspectives ranging from the science, management, and community fields. The forum was meant to embody the spirit of the Cohesive Strategy: improved wildfire response, promotion of resilient landscapes, and fire adapted communities. The forum titled: Perspectives on Hawaii's Wildfire Problem - from Science and Management to Community Action, was moderated by PFX Co-Coordinator and UH Cooperative Extension Wildfire Specialist Dr. Clay Trauernicht who started the event with new data supporting the claim that wildfires are a growing concern in all of Hawai'i. Maps and data compiled by Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) and analyzed by Dr. Trauernicht showed an increase in wildfire incidents over the past decade, incidents that occur almost entirely near roads and communities.
Following Dr. Trauernicht's introduction to the topic, Wayne Ching, long-standing Fire Management Officer for Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) kicked off a series of brief presentations. Mr. Ching, representing years of first responder knowledge, gave background on DOFAW's fire management program. He explained: "We're not a full-time firefighting agency. We're like a militia…" To address the need for support, DOFAW had relied heavily on its commitment to partners to help prevent mitigate, and suppress wildfires. A reduction in budgets, though a challenge, said Mr. Ching, had opened up new opportunities, including partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to expand its programs and suppression capabilities.
Adding to the suppression perspective, Chief Terry Seelig stepped up to the podium representing the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Honolulu Fire Department. Chief Seelig stressed the importance of partnership in order to strengthen fire suppression capabilities, a concern addressed by the formation of the Oahu Wildfire Information and Education Group (OWIE). OWIE was formed to share information amongst agencies and coordinate communication of such information to communities. Chief Seelig promoted the need to connect with communities by using "common nomenclature" to help communities understand wildfire issues and clarify the role and expectations of government agencies in fire emergencies. Suppression agencies, he explained, already had their hands tied due to a large amount of ignitions that were all due to human carelessness, recklessness, or a lot of times, maliciousness. Fortunately, no lives had been lost in a wildfire in Hawaii. "We fortunately haven't had that type of situation - don't wanna say lucky, because luck is something you can't count on. We try to count on planning, preparedness, and prevention."
Rhonda Loh, Chief of Natural Resources Management for the National Park Service at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) phased into land management perspectives on the wildfire issue. Within all parks, the number and size of fires had increased over the years, most notably in HAVO where lava and lightning ignitions added to human ignitions. With over 50 federally listed plants and animals, fire management at the parks had proven a challenge but also an opportunity to explore new strategies for land management. Park Service personnel had conducted research burns in a variety of different regions of Volcanoes National Park to customize strategies that they could then mold to each area.
On the science side of the forum, Dr. Creighton Litton, Associate Professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) presented a collaborative research project that explored an often-overlooked ecosystem in the conservation field: nonnative grasslands of the Pacific Islands. Critical gaps and research needs existed in both fire ecology and wildfire prediction in these novel ecosystems. Now twenty-five percent of Hawaii's land area, nonnative grasslands in Hawaii had built up to unprecedented average fuel loads, "over twice as much as other grasslands around the world," Dr. Litton exclaimed. As climate change would only exacerbate wildfire conditions, the need for fire-resistant restoration through innovative and collaborative efforts would continue to grow.
Rounding out the presentation portion of the program, Pablo Beimler spoke on behalf of Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) as the Education and Outreach Coordinator and representing the community aspect of the wildfire issue. Mr. Beimler highlighted HWMO's spearheading of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) on Hawaii Island and just recently, Western Maui. CWPPs brought together "firefighters, land managers, and community members to discuss wildfire-related concerns and to make a prioritized action plan for all involved, explained Mr. Beimler. "The reason that collaborative, collective action is needed to deal with wildfires is because wildfire impacts span boundaries and across jurisdictions." HWMO recently received funding to complete 6 more CWPPs on Hawaii Island, Maui County, and Oahu in the next two years, opening up new federal funding opportunities for communities concerned with wildfire.
A short panel discussion with the presenters concluded the forum with audience members bringing-up questions on a variety of different wildfire topics. Panel members shared their expertise in what was a unique make-up of individuals, each with their own perspectives but aligned in their efforts to understand, prevent, and mitigate wildfires in Hawaii.