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Special Sessions

More than 20 special sessions have been accepted for the 2019 Fire Congress. Session titles, organizers, and a short summary are listed below. Each session will have several presentations related to the special session topic, with many including time for panels and facilitated discussion.

Special Sessions – Tuesday, November 19

ForBio Southwest: Engineering, Economics and Ecology to Guide Forest Restoration in the Southern Rocky Mountains
Organizer: Mike Battaglia, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station; Nate Anderson, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
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Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Interactions between Fire and Previous Disturbances: Recent Advances and New Surprises
Organizers: Brian Buma, Integrative Biology, University of Colorado; Jeffery Cannon, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University
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Fuel and Wind as Determinants of Fire Spread: Externalities Versus Complex Feedback – When and Where?
Organizers: Jon E. Keeley, U.S. Geological Survey, Sequoia National Park, USA; Ross Bradstock, Director of Centre for Environmental Risk Mngmt, University of Wollongong, Australia
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Fire Severity and Ecosystem Response
Organizer: Matthew Hurteau, University of New Mexico; Joseph Crockett, University of New Mexico
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Fire in the Last Frontier: 21st Century Fire Patterns, Behavior, and Pyroecology of North American Boreal Forests and Tundra
Organizer: Rachel Loehman, US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center
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Cultivating Pyrodiversity Through Outreach and Education: Partnerships with Cooperative Extension
Organizer: Susie Kocher, University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra
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Restor(Y)Ing Indigenous Fires: Modern Applications and Practices
Organizer: Don L. Hankins, California State University – Chico and California Indian Water Commission
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Special Sessions – Wednesday, November 20

Manipulation of Vegetation for Livestock and Wildlife Using Prescribed Fires in Texas and Northern Mexico
Organizer: Silverio Ávila, Texas A&M University – Kingsville (CKWRI)
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Understanding the Use of Fire Disturbance in Ecosystem Process Modeling and Forest Change Predictions
Organizers: Tirtha Banerjee, University of California, Irvine; Rod Linn, Los Alamos National Lab; Kevin Hiers, Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
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Fire Regimes and Species Diversity in the American Southwest and Adjacent Regions of Mexico
Organizer: Hugh D Safford, USDA Forest Service
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The Policy Landscape of Wildfire and Fuels Management in the United States
Organizer: Lauren McCain, Defenders of Wildlife
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Restoring Structure and Pattern to Frequent Fire Forests in the Western U.S.: Moving from Historical Data to Implementation and Outcomes
Organizers: Eric Knapp, USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station; Mike Battaglia, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
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A Global Synthesis of Pyrodiversity and Biodiversity Relationships: Implications for Effective Fire Management
Organizers: Katherine Giljohann, The University of Melbourne; Luke Kelly, The University of Melbourne; Trent Penman, The University of Melbourne; Alan York, The University of Melbourne
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The Evolving Wildfire Risk Governance System
Organizer: Benjamin Gray, University of Montana; Maureen Essen, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
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Bridging the Gap: Lessons from the First Ten Years of the JFSP Fire Science Exchange Network
Organizer: David R. Godwin, University of Florida
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Special Sessions – Thursday, November 21

Southwest FireCLIME: A Research Partnership Evaluating Fire-Climate Change Dynamics and Management Implications in the Southwest
Organizer: Andi Thode, Northern Arizona University School of Forestry
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The Unique Considerations for Prescribed Fire Research and Application
Organizer: Courtney Schultz, Colorado State University
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Effectiveness of Fire and Fuel Treatments to Promote Resilience to Drought
Organizers: Jeffrey Kane, Humboldt State University; Sharon Hood, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
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Pyrodiversity of Fire-Included and Fire-Excluded Yellow Pine and Mixed Conifer Ecosystems: Relevance to Future Climate and Wildfire Adaptation
Organizer: Keala Hagmann, Applegate Forestry LLC & University of Washington
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Burned Area Emergency Response
Organizer: Richard Schwab, National Park Service
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Unmanned Aircraft in Fire Research and Management
Organizer: Adam Watts, Desert Research Institute
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The Many Dimensions of Transboundary Wildfire
Organizer: Kit O’Connor, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station; Chris Dunn, Oregon State University
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The Burning Fire Within: Local Prescribed Fire Initiatives for Landscape-Level Change
Organizer: Ryan Wilbur, University of Wyoming
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