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Workshops, Trainings, and Courses

Workshops will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 prior to the beginning of the Fire Congress at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. You can chose a full day workshop, or pick 1 or 2 half-day workshops to be added to your registration.

Click here to view the schedule for workshops on Monday.

Full Day Workshops, November 18

Participatory GIS for Fire and Fuels Management: Theory and Methods
Workshop Leader: Fernando Sanchez-Trigueros, University of Arizona
Time: 8am to 5pm (lunch break: 12pm to 1pm)
Cost: $24
This seminar introduces the theory and methods of community engagement and Participatory Geographic Information Systems for decision making in fire and fuels management planning. GIS demonstrations, applications in fire-adapted ecosystems, and cases studies of collaboration between Indigenous communities, academia and government are included. Read More

Fire Ecology, Management and Operations for Non-science Professionals
Workshop Leaders: Barbara Satink Wolfson, Southwest Fire Science Consortium; Leda Kobziar, University of Idaho; Andi Thode, Northern Arizona University; Carrie Dennett; Tracey Stone; Dolores Garcia; Geoff Babb, Association for Fire Ecology
Time: 8am to 3pm (lunch break: 12pm to 1pm)
Cost: Free
This workshop is only open to the media and legislative staffers. To register, please contact swfireconsortium@gmail.com. Participants will learn the fire history basics of several vegetation types across the Southwest (AZ, NM, UT, CO, CA) and ecological adaptations involved; learn about fire management and operations, the policy and planning behind prescribed fire as well as fire use, and suppression; and experience interactive sessions and a walk outdoors (weather permitting) to tour an important local fire issue, buffelgrass. Read More

Morning Workshops, November 18

FireWorks Educational Program: Hand-on Activities to Engage the Public about Wildland Fire Science
Workshop Leader: Ilana Abrahamson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Lab
Time: 8am to 12pm
Cost: $12
Wildland fire captures the public’s attention every summer, but public understanding of fire is limited. Participants will learn several fun, hands-on activities from the FireWorks Educational Program for teaching students and the general public about wildland fire science. Activities will cover fire behavior, ecology, management, and traditional fire use. www.frames.gov/fireworks/. Read More

Introduction to Fire Behavior Modeling
Workshop Leaders: Don Helmbrecht, USDA Forest Service; Joe Scott, Pyrologix LLC
Time: 8am to 12pm
Cost: $12
The world of fire behavior modeling can be overwhelming. The “next best” tool or system seems to appear yearly. However, all fire behavior modeling systems adhere to a core set of fundamentals. This workshop reviews those fundamentals and investigates the assumptions and limitations of popular fire behavior modeling systems. **All participants will need to bring a laptop for the modeling exercises. Please make sure you have proper access to load software on your laptop. Read More

Learning the Photoload Sampling Technique: Visually Estimating Surface Fuel Loadings from Photographs for Research and Management Applications
Workshop Leaders: Bob Keane, US Forest Service; Rachel Loehman, US Geological Survey
Time: 8am to 12pm
Cost: $12
In this workshop you will learn how to use the photoload technique in the field with great accuracy. Then you will be given all the materials to teach photoload to others and to calibrate photoload visual estimates to improve accuracy. Last, you will be shown how to make your own photoload pictures to estimate loadings of shrub and herb species in your area. Read More

Rapid Response Erosion Modeling for Fuel’s Management and Post-fire Rehabilitation
Workshop Leaders: Mary Ellen Miller, Michigan Tech Research Institute; Richard Schwab, National Park Service
Time: 8am to 12pm
Cost: $12
The need for watershed analysis and management tools has increased in recent years due to both larger and higher severity wildfires. This workshop introduces new runoff and erosion modeling tools designed for both post-fire remediation and for spatially prioritizing fuel management projects from a watershed perspective. Read More

R for Fire Data: Learning the Basics of Reproducible Analyses
Workshop Leaders: Daniel Godwin, Forest Stewards Guild; Erica Newman, University of Arizona
Time: 8am to 12pm
Cost: $40
This workshop will teach the R programming language for data management and visualization. Learn why reproducible workflows are important for your work as a planner, scientist, or student. The morning session will focus on the basics of R for novice users. You can make this a full day workshop by also participating in the afternoon session, which will teach advanced applications and graphing (see afternoon info below). Read More

Afternoon Workshops, November 18

R for Fire Data: Creating Visualizations and Advanced Analyses
Workshop Leaders: Daniel Godwin, Forest Stewards Guild; Erica Newman, University of Arizona
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Cost: $40
This workshop will teach the R programming language for data management and visualization. Learn why reproducible workflows are important for your work as a planner, scientist, or student. The afternoon will teach advanced applications and graphing. The afternoon session is a continuation of the morning session, and is also open to people who already know the basics of R. Read More

Active Bystander Workshop
Workshop Leader: Maria Estrada, The Nature Conservancy
Time: 1pm to 3:30pm
Cost: $12
Effective Bystander skills have shown to make a difference in changing the climate of organizations. In this workshop people will learn about and practice noticing when something is not right in a situation, realizing that a skillful intervention is needed, taking the responsibility for doing something, and taking effective action to engender change. Read More

Exploring New Capabilities in Fuel Treatment Analysis and Modeling with STANDFIRE
Workshop Leader: Russ Parsons, US Forest Service RMRS Fire Sciences Lab
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Cost: $12
Spatial fuels relationships, such as spacing between trees, affect fuel treatment effectiveness, but are not addressed in current models. Here, we introduce STANDFIRE, a prototype 3D fuel and fire modeling system which explores how fuel heterogeneity affects fire behavior and effects. The workshop demonstrates current capabilities and discusses future directions. Read More

Exploring the Use of Drones for Forest and Fire Research and Monitoring
Workshop Leaders: Collin Haffey, The Nature Conservancy; Andrew Barton, University of Maine at Farmington; Jose Iniguez, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station;
Andi Thode, Southwest Fire Science Consortium & Northern Arizona University; Amy Waltz, Ecological Restoration Institute
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Cost: $12
We are working to gather a group of people interested in discussing how unmanned aerial systems (drones) are being effectively used in forest and fire ecology research and/or treatment monitoring. This discussion will focus on the capabilities and limitations of using drones and structure for motions technologies to compare pre and post-treatment images. Read More

Smoke Modeling from Forest to Plume: Integrated Modeling Workshop for Smoke Management
Workshop Leaders: Susan Prichard, University of Washington; Roger Ottmar, US Forest Service; Susan O’Neill, US Forest Service; James Cronan, US Forest Service
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Cost: $12
In this workshop, we will offer training on the Fuel and Fire Tools application to model fuel characterization of wildland fuels and the BlueSky Playground to predict smoke production and dispersion. We will also introduce the new Smoke Emissions Repository Application, a new central repository of the latest wildland fire emissions factors. Read More