Presented By: Joint Fire Science Program
Every year, the regional Joint Fire Science Program information exchanges gather for a multi-day meeting to receive trainings and share information and lessons learned. This year, the event took place in Tucson, Arizona from May 6-8. PFX
Co-coordinators Elizabeth Pickett and Clay Trauernicht, Information Specialist Pablo Beimler, and Project Investigator Christian Giardina set out for the high desert to represent Pacific Fire Exchange. The first two days consisted of trainings, presentations, and break-out group sessions that filled up the entire day. Guest speakers included representatives from the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, NASA Wildfire Applied Science Program, and Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS). The brand new North Atlantic Consortium also received a warm welcome from the group.
To round out the 3-day event, consortia members took a field tour to get a glimpse of the wildfire issues and projects being done in the region. The tour kicked off at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (ltrr.arizona.edu) that was established in 1937 by the founder of modern dendrochronology, A.E. Douglass and was located on the University of Arizona campus. Aside from its slick, unique modern design, the building hosted a number of incredible tree samples from around the world that were being studied by scores of talented and experienced dendrochronologists.