Webinar Series: Fire Ecology and Forest Resilience in the Pacific NW (6 of 8)
A Webinar Series by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society
When: Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 noon Pacific Time (US and Canada)
March 7, 2024, through May 2, 2024 (excluding April 25)
Fire refugia 101: concepts, data, and applications for forest ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest
Presented by Dr. Meg A. Krawchuk, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, College of Forestry, Oregon State University
Summary: Fire refugia are locations that burn less severely or less frequently than the surrounding landscape, as one component of heterogeneity in our forest ecosystems. Fire refugia concepts, data, and applications are increasingly being explored as a component of climate change refugia, in the context of forest management and adaptation. In this webinar, we’ll cover an overview of fire refugia concepts, an introduction to fire refugia models and data we’ve developed for the Pacific Northwest region, describe how we’ve “socialized” these data products with the forest management/practitioner community, and provide some example applications and ideas for future integration of these concepts into vegetation management decisions, planning, and conservation-adaptation. This work has developed in collaboration with a wide range of contributors and continues to evolve through case studies, conversations, and feedback from scientist-practitioner relationships. We hope you’ll join us to think more about these ideas and applications.