Fire Research and Collaborations
Building and sharing knowledge
Wildfires are increasing in size and severity, threatening homes, communities, public health, water supplies, as well as local and regional economies. A lack of communication and collaboration among scientists, land managers, and the public prevents the application of science-based, effective, and efficient solutions to tackle this challenge.
The Joint Fire Science Knowledge Exchanges get emerging science on the ground by connecting scientists, land managers, and the public. By facilitating these connections, the Knowledge Exchanges help to assure that scientists are addressing the most pressing questions and managers are applying the most recent science in their efforts to protect communities and critical natural resources. The Guild is deeply involved in the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, the Southern Rockies Exchange, and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange.
The Guild also has a long history of producing research and science syntheses to aid the ecological use of fire. Some examples include:
- Our report on fuel treatments in Southwestern mixed conifer forests has helped managers plan treatments and return fire to this forest type.
- Our work on treatment effectiveness in the wildland urban interface helped raise the bar for community wildfire protection plans.
- In collaboration with the US Forest Service and Santa Clara Pueblo, we examined the ecological effects of slash pile burning.
- More recently our work has focused on reducing unplanned human caused wildfires and encouraging prescribed fire on private lands.
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