Presenter: Alexander Evans, Research Director, Forest Guild
Description: Dr. Zander Evans, the Research Director of the Forest Guild, presents on his Joint Fire Sciences Program-funded report on fuels treatment practices. The report focuses on the mixed conifer ecosystems of California, the central and southern Rockies, and the Southwest. The first half of his presentation reviews the historic conditions, past land use, natural fire regimes, impacts of altered fire regimes, and future prospects (given climate change) of mixed conifer forests. The second half of the presentation addresses fuels treatment objectives, techniques, barriers, and successes across a range of ownerships, and draws on the experiences of 75 interviewed managers and experts who work in mixed conferecosystems.