Wildland Firefighter Exposure to Hydrocarbons: Research Brief

Wildland Firefighter Exposure to Hydrocarbons: Research Brief

Wildland firefighters suppressing wildland fires or conducting prescribed fires work long shifts and are exposed to high levels of smoke with no respiratory protection. This research measures firefighter exposure to smoke and pollutants and offers way to reduce this exposure.

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Integrating values and risk perceptions into a decision support system: Journal Article

While not written specifically about traditional cultural fire use, the framework discussed in this paper can also be applied to incorporating tribal public values into "place-based decision support technologies that are accessible to lay citizens as well as to fire-management experts."
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Fire Burners to Firefighters: The Nez Perce and Fire: Journal Article

Abstract: "This article presents results from an interview-based case study examining burning practices of the Nez Perce tribe in the Inland Northwest in both their contemporary and historical policy context. Despite the lack of a prominent fire tradition, our interviews uncovered a legacy of knowledge and cultural traditions linked to fire and a variety of contemporary fire practices on the reservation performed by land-management professionals and individual tribal members. Many of these practices, particularly those involving broadcast burning, have diminished over the years. We examine the reasons for this and the potentials for mitigating some of the practical and policy constraints to such burning. We conclude that the nontribal community still has much to learn about fire from those who have lived in fire-adapted landscapes longer than anyone else."

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Participatory Research in Conservation and Rural Livelihoods: Book

Description:   "Participatory Research in Conservation and Rural Livelihoods starts from the understanding that all people create knowledge and that the   creation of sustainable livelihoods and of conditions that protect and sustain rural ecosystems are interrelated. Interdependent science, that is, science undertaken collaboratively by local and professional   scientists, can create new knowledge to achieve conservation goals.   Local experts and professional researchers demonstrate that   interdependent science can produce more accurate and locally appropriate data. Conservation scientists and practitioners will both benefit from  reading this book."
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Fortmann, Louise (ed). 2008. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.       

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Factors influencing line officers’ decisions about National Environmental Policy Act project design and development: Technical Report

This General Technical Report, from the PNW Research Station of the Forest Service, summarizes the findings of in-depth interviews with 12 district rangers on project design and implementation, and the effect of NEPA on those processes. A "Recommendations" section is included with general suggestions - based on the findings from the interviews - for how to managers in the Forest Service can write more accessible NEPA documents and improve the efficiency and outcomes of the NEPA process.          
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Opportunities for improved fire use and management in California: lessons from Western Australia: Technical Report

Abstract: "As the large scale of fuel treatments needed to promote ecosystem health and reduce heavy fuel loads becomes clear in California’s mixed conifer forests, managers are beginning to focus on how to scale up prescribed fire use in order to treat a meaningful portion of the landscape. We look at the example of Western Australia’s large-scale and highly successful prescribed burning program by their Department of Environment and Conservation as a model for emulation by land management agencies in California. Focusing on: 1) novel management practices, 2) inter-agency collaboration, 3) regulatory collaboration and policy, 4) research integration, 5) cultural acceptance, and 6) political support of prescribed fire, we make recommendations for a new approach to the management and regulation of fire use in California’s mixed conifer forests."       
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CFSC blog post about the report>

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Education in Chaparral: Recorded Presentation

Presented at the 2nd Annual Southern Chaparral Symposium, 2015.
This presentation discusses the educational campaign to share the "5 truths of chaparral" through awareness, curiosity, and shared learning.

Presenter: Rick Halsey
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Recreation and Chaparral: Ecosystem Services, Values & Future Sustainability: Recorded Presentation

Presented at the 2nd Annual Southern Chaparral Symposium, 2015.
The benefits and drawbacks of recreation in chaparral ecosystems are evaluated in this presentation. Social and environmental considerations are discussed and recreation-use survey results on the National and Angeles National Forests are presented. 

Presenter: Pat Winter
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Pre-settlement and contemporary forest structures and fire regimes in the Lake Tahoe Basin: Research synthesis

Three complementary  studies  reviewed   here  examine  how  forest  structure  and  fire   regimes have  varied  spatially  and  temporally  in   the  Lake  Tahoe  Basin,  CA  and  NV. 

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