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O'ahu Landowner Assistance Workshop: Land Mgm't & Technical Assistance
Jul
22
9:00 AM09:00

O'ahu Landowner Assistance Workshop: Land Mgm't & Technical Assistance

Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Location: Waimea Valley /59-864 Kamehameha Hwy /North Shore, Hawaii

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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.

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Free Workshop & Field Trip: Strategies for Wildland Fire Risk Assessment & Management
Jul
17
8:00 AM08:00

Free Workshop & Field Trip: Strategies for Wildland Fire Risk Assessment & Management

Date: Monday, July 17th, 2017

Time: 8am - 4pm

Location: Palehua in Makakilo, O'ahu, Hawaii

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Format: Morning workshop followed by afternoon field trip.

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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.
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Mar
20
8:00 AM08:00

Workshop: Wildland Fire Risk & Mitigation Strategies for Pacific Islands

Workshop on Wildland Fire in the Pacific

When: March 20th, 2017 from 8am-12pm

Where: PRiMO Conference 2017, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu

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.
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Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

11th Annual Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium

When: Friday, February 24 from 9am to 5pm

Location: Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona

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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.

 

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Preparing for Wildfires: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity  A Workshop for Cooperative Extension Educators and Community Leaders
Mar
10
to Mar 12

Preparing for Wildfires: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity A Workshop for Cooperative Extension Educators and Community Leaders

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This workshop will equip Cooperative Extension professionals and other community leaders with the tools needed to successfully face the challenges of living in wildfire-prone environments. National-level scientists and experts will help attendees think through all aspects and stages of fire – before, during, and after – in both urban and rural landscapes. Extension personnel will be invited to share their challenges and success stories. 
Information will be shared about the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and its goal of developing fire-adapted communities. The workshop will include two days of presentations and interactive discussions, a poster session, and an optional scenic and educational field trip to a community and forest recovering from wildfire.


Who should attend?
All Cooperative Extension personnel and their local partners: e.g., elected officials, planning commissioners, Firewise and fire safe leaders, fire chiefs, and anyone else working together at the local level to prepare for wildfires.


Where will the event be held? 
Radisson Suites Tucson is offering attendees half-price rates for the entire week of the workshop. Each suite has two rooms and two bathrooms and can accommodate a whole family. Come to beautiful Tucson for a unique educational and networking opportunity, and make it a late-winter vacation, too! Enjoy temperatures in the 70s, comfortable accommodations, a beautiful heated outdoor pool, the Sonoran Desert in bloom, and numerous other attractions that make Tucson a magnificent place to visit.

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California - Nevada - Hawaii Forest Fire Council  Training & Seminar 2014
Apr
9
to Apr 11

California - Nevada - Hawaii Forest Fire Council Training & Seminar 2014

The Big Island's Waikoloa Beach Marriott played host to this year's California - Nevada - Hawaii Forest Fire Council Training and Seminar (April 9-11), drawing attendees from all over the three listed states and from the Pacific Islands. HWMO and PFX teamed up to set up a booth to disseminate information about Hawaii's wildfire issues and what's being done to mitigate them - as a highlight, PFX's first Fact Sheet was rolled out at the event: Wildfire in Hawaii (link). Day One kept the audience captivated with a variety of informative and exciting talks spanning the world over.

Attendees were informed about the latest Australian bushfires (Richard Woods), East Bay Regional Park District's WUI projects (Brad Gallup), Maui Fire Department's IMT3 activities (Henry Lindo, Jr.), and the International ICS program operating in Indonesia, Vietnam, and a variety of other countries (Rusty Witwer). Paul Steensland and Alan Carlson brought the attendees along an exciting two-hour long ride through a twenty-year investigation and hunt for the Rumsey Canyon Serial Arsonist. Preceding these great presentations, Wayne Ching, Division of Forestry and Wildlife's long-standing and soon-to-retire Fire Management Officer, as well as organizer of this year's event, was honored by those in attendance. DOFAW's Protection Foresters from each main island, Patrick Porter (Kauai), Jay Hatayama (Hawaii Island), Ryan Peralta (Oahu), and Lance De Silva (Maui) led a few morning toasts to Wayne and his remarkable career.

To cap off the tribute, all attendees simultaneously revealed red shirts with a picture of Mr. Ching and a list of major incidents he had worked on in his career, either wearing or waving the shirt in a sort of Red Shirt Salute. Here's HWMO's video capturing the moment:


Day Two took members out of their seats and into the outdoors for a field tour. Following a beautiful hike along the Ala Kahakai Trail along Anaeho'omalu Bay, members caravanned over to Puako to visit the community's fuelbreak, which HWMO provided funding and assistance. Peter Hackstedde, Puako Community Association President and a new addition to the HWMO Board of Directors spoke about the fuelbreak efforts, with Elizabeth Pickett, Executive Director of HWMO and Co-Coordinator of PFX, chiming in. The group then took a driving tour through the entirety of the fuelbreak, which runs three miles and borders the entire Puako community, providing a buffer of at least 60-100 feet between houses and the mesquite (kiawe) forest.

For the second time since PFX's first field tour in June 25, 2013, Wayne Ching decided to replicate the experience and discussion of the Mauna Kea 33 Fire at the physical location of the fire at Mauna Kea State Park, which threatened the last remaining population of Palila, who number less than 2000, only a few miles away. Special guests Miles Nakahara, retired HWMO President and retired DOFAW Wildlife Biologist, Eric Moller, USAG-P, FES Deputy Fire Chief, Glen Timbal, USAG-P, FES Assistant Fire Chief, Susan Cordell, US Forest Service PSW-IPIF Research Ecologist, and Mr. Hatayama joined Mr. Ching to highlight the first-hand experiences of fighting the fire. The group discussed fire boundaries, initial and extended attack details, incident command, mop-up, results of the After Action Review, suppression challenges and successes and the post-fire impacts of the fire.

The discussion concluded with the ramifications on future fire and resource management for this area and its included and nearby critical habitat. Chief Moller added a nice plug for PFX, "It really does develop a concerted effort. For one, it protects my firefighters because we now have a better understanding of what's going on, but it also helps the community and the managers, set their lands up so that they're not fire-prone. It is a win-win-win all the way around," said Chief Moller. Ms. Cordell and Mr. Nakahara agreed with Chief Moller and recognizing PFX's efforts. Audio from the field tour can be heard in the column on the left.

The final day of the event kept the excitement rolling with an engaging and impactful lineup. Two of the most important events of the history of wildfire within the last decade made their way into the lineup - both events occurred in 2013. John Truett gave a moving and harrowing review of the Yarnell Hill Fire which claimed the lives of 19 firefighters in Arizona last year. Mr. Truett reviewed the chain of events that led to the fatality, as well as the incredibly challenging orchestration of the ceremonies thereafter. We will never know the full stories, since those were lost with those who had fallen, but the talk gave a clearer picture of the day's tumultuous proceedings.

The room fell respectfully silent after the presentation ended with an emotional video honoring the 19. Following a presentation about emergency preparedness at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (David Benitez), Incident Commander Jerry McGowan gave an insightful and entertaining presentation reporting the details of the 3rd largest fire in California's history, the Rim Fire, and the unprecedented conditions that firefighters were up against, as well as how the incident was managed given a multi-agency, multi-state response.

HWMO and PFX had the honor to share a presentation before these speakers. Ms. Pickett gave background on HWMO and the many projects it's currently involved in throughout the state, including Hazard Assessments, Community Wildfire Protection Plans, and fuels management projects. Clay Trauernicht, PFX Co-Coordinator and UH Manoa CTAHR Wildfire Extension Specialist, took over the reins to present the latest Hawaii wildfire history data and analyses. To present this information within the context we were in was certainly a highlight for HWMO and PFX. "Definitely the heaviest line-up of speakers I've ever had the honor to share a podium with. It's a truly inspirational group of folks involved with fire across the western region," exclaimed Mr. Trauernicht.

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Western State Fire Managers Meeting
Mar
9
5:30 AM05:30

Western State Fire Managers Meeting

Presented By: Western State Fire Managers; Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife Fire

Based on great feedback from a collaborative lessons learned PFX Field Tour held on June 25, 2013 at Mauna Kea State Park on Hawaii Island to review a 2011 fire that exhibited extreme behavior and threatened human lives and critical habitat, Wayne Ching of Hawaii Department of Land Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife Fire decided to replicate the experience and discussion with Western State Fire Managers at their March meeting. To highlight PFX's growing strength in partnerships, Susan Cordell, who has conducted numerous fire-related ecological studies in the area presented her findings about post-fire changes in soil and potential wind removal of nutrients that may be limiting regeneration of native plants. This is the type of cross-pollination and knowledge exchange that PFX encourages and will continue to facilitate whenever possible.

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The tour continued over to the Puako Community Fuelbreak where Peter Hackstedde, Puako Community Association President and a new addition to the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization Board of Directors spoke about the fuelbreak efforts. Elizabeth Pickett, Executive Director of Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, chimed in about HWMO's funding and assistance of the project. She also detailed the HWMO and PFX organizations as a whole and their strong partnership with one another. In addition, Elizabeth presented the newly created and delivered Ready, Set, Go! Hawaii Wildland Fire Action Guides and handed out copies to all of the managers, along with Overview Packets for HWMO and PFX. The group then took a driving tour through most of the fuelbreak, which runs 3 miles and borders along the entire Puako community, providing a buffer of at least 60-100 feet between houses and the mesquite (kiawe) forest.

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Field Tour of Leeward Wildfire Projects and Fire Prone Areas with Alex Friend (USFS PSW)
Mar
7
5:30 PM17:30

Field Tour of Leeward Wildfire Projects and Fire Prone Areas with Alex Friend (USFS PSW)

  • Waikoloa Dryland Wildfire Safety Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presented By: Pacific Fire Exchange; Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization; Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative

See photos of the field tour. 


Through the Pacific Fire Exchange (PFX), Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization’s (HWMO) Elizabeth Pickett and Pablo Beimler and U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry’s (USFS PSW IPIF) Christian Giardina facilitated a field tour of leeward wildfire mitigation projects and fire-prone sites for the Station Director of the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, Alex Friend.

The group first visited HWMO’s Waikoloa Dryland Wildfire Safety Park, Hawaii’s only Firewise demo garden, located at the end of Melia St. in Waikoloa Village. The park demonstrates how to reduce the impacts of wildfires through defensible space landscaping and fire-resistant building materials. The garden primarily consists of low-maintenance, native Hawaiian species that are resistant to drought, wind, and heat. Pickett and Beimler led the site visitors through the freshly-weeded garden (HWMO had held a Community Work Morning that day), explaining all of the hard work that HWMO and its partners and community members have put into the project.

The hard work had payed off, judging by the plethora of new blossoms emerging on many of the native dryland plants (including ‘Ihi, ‘Ilima papa, Pohinahina, and ‘Ulei). The garden has made a positive impact for the community by not only adding aesthetic value to the neighborhood, but also providing a learning space for Firewise principles that residents can directly apply to their own homes. HWMO is planning on further site visits, including for the upcoming CNH Seminar Forest Fire Seminar and Training on April 9th-11th, and holding a Wildfire Awareness, Prevention, and Work Day event for the first National Wildfire Prevention Day on May 3rd.

To top off the field tour, the group traveled to the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative’s (WDFI) Forest Preserve, located just southwest of Waikoloa Village. Jen Lawson, the Project Manager who has tirelessly coordinated the restoration, education and volunteer efforts for the preserve, greeted the group at the front gate and led a site tour. The group only scratched the surface of the 275 acre preserve, but were able to see the results of the projects, thus far. Wiliwili trees were sprouting new offspring, while ‘Ilima papa groves were blossoming. The group stopped by the lush nursery, where Jen pulled out a map of the preserve and described the wildfire threat that always looms.

HWMO has coordinated with WDFI to co-fund fuelbreak implementations around the perimeter of the preserve, not without their share of challenges. However, the fuelbreaks have added significant security against wildfire scares, especially on the Northeast end of the preserve, where a wildfire would most likely come from.


Through the field tour, HWMO, PFX, and USFS PSW IPIF were able to communicate to Friend the wildfire issues that Hawaii faces and how these organizations are making great strides in mitigating wildfire threats on the leeward side of Hawaii island, as well as the rest of the State and the Pacific.

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Mauna Kea State Park Fire -  Perspectives from Multiple Agencies and Future Implications for Fire and Resource Management
Jul
25
5:00 AM05:00

Mauna Kea State Park Fire - Perspectives from Multiple Agencies and Future Implications for Fire and Resource Management

Presented By: PFX; Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization; Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife Fire; U.S. Army Garrison - Pohakuloa Training Area

The PFX field tour to Mauna Kea State Park was the first tour PFX has organized in its young existence. To further connect and expand our partnerships, we held the afternoon tour as part of a full day of activities that included an HWMO all-partner meeting and board meeting. The tour highlighted, at the physical location of the Mauna Kea State Park Fire, the first-hand experiences of fighting the fire - topics included fire boundaries, initial and extended attack details, incident command, mop-up, results of the After Action Review, and suppression challenges/successes. These topics were led by five of our partners:

  • Eric Moller, PTA Army Fire Chief
  • Glen Timbal, PTA Army Assistant Fire Chief
  • Jay Hatayama, DOFAW Protection Forester
  • Wayne Ching, DOFAW Fire Management Officer
  • Miles Nakahara, HWMO President

The tour concluded with a discussion on the ramifications on future fire and resource management for this area and its included and nearby critical habitat.

Our first field tour was a wonderful success and we are looking forward to putting together the next one in the near future.

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Jul
5
9:00 AM09:00

2011 Pacific Fire Science Workshop

Presented By: PFX

The 2011 Fire Science Workshop was held at the U.S. Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, in Hilo, HI. The experts and technologies present at this workshop were on the forefront of global fire sciences. Presentations on fire risk modeling, prediction, imaging and mapping led the way through the workshop's proceedings.

The Pacific Fire Exchange officially announced it's first round of funding and held meetings on plans for future direction and development.

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