Restoring The West Conference 2015

    Restoring The West Conference 2015

    westconference 2015

    Click HERE for the conference program booklet.

    Rick Miller

    Pinyon and Juniper Woodlands in the Intermountain West: Fire Ecology, Resilience, and Resistance Across Heterogeneous Landscapes

    Rick Miller, Professor Emeritus of Range and Fire Ecology, Department of Range Ecology and Management, Oregon State University


    Jen Pierce

    Are Recent Large and Severe Fires Really Extraordinary? How Long-Term Records of Fire can Inform Fire Ecology and Management in the Western US.

    Jen Pierce, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University




    Mike Pellant

    Prioritizing and Implementing Treatments to Address Wildfires and Invasive Annual Grasses in Sage-Grouse Habitat

    Mike Pellant, Senior Ecologist, National Office, Bureau of Land Management, Boise, Idaho


    Jason Kling

    Fire and Collaboration on the Fishlake National Forest 

    Jason Kling, Richfield District Ranger, Fishlake National Forest


    Bill Hopkin

    The Monroe Mountain Working Group: Benefits and Challenges of Collaboration

    Bill Hopkin, Grazing Specialist, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Salt Lake City, Utah




    Brad Jessop

    The Role of Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments in Restoring Sagebrush Habitat in Utah’s West Desert

    Brad Jessop, Range Ecologist, West Desert District, Bureau of Land Management



    G. Matt Davies

    Tracking Post-Wildfire States and Transitions in the Sagebrush-Steppe

    G. Matt Davies, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University



    Alan Clark

    The Watershed Restoration Initiative and Fire

    Alan Clark, Watershed Program Director, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Salt Lake City, Utah


    Patrick Belmont

    Understanding the Effects of the Twitchell Canyon Wildfire on Stream Geomorphology and Fish Habitat

    Patrick Belmont, Assistant Professor, Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University


    Nathan Welch

    Designing a Regional Network of Fuel Breaks to Protect Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat: An Experimental Approach using Circuitscape

    Nathan Welch, GIS Analyst, The Nature Conservancy Boise Office



    Mike Jenkins

    Monitoring the Impact of Climate Change on Fire Frequency and Severity in Great Basin Bristlecone Pine Sky Island Ecosystems

    Mike Jenkins, Associate Professor, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, Logan, Utah



    Robert Keane

    Restoring Whitebark Pine Ecosystems of the West in the Face of Climate Change

    Robert Keane, Research Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, Montana


    Peter M. Brown

    Tree-Ring Reconstructions of Fire and Forest Histories: Providing the “What” and “Why” for Forest Restoration

    Peter M. Brown, Director, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research, Fort Collins, Colorado



    John Freemuth

    Of Fire, Sage Grouse and Our Federal Lands

    John Freemuth, Professor of Public Policy and Senior Fellow for Environment and Public Lands, School of Public Service, Boise State University




    Richard Guyette

    Past and Future Wildfire in the Interior West as Predicted by the Calibrated Combustion Dynamics of Ecosystems

    Richard Guyette, Associate Research Professor, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri


    Colton Finch

    Bringing Back the Trout: Metapopulation Viability of Bonneville Cutthroat Trout in a Fire-Impacted Watershed

    Colton Finch, PhD candidate, Department of Watershed Sciences and Ecology Center, Utah State University

    Jeffrey Gicklhorn

    Post-fire Grazing Management of Sagebrush Steppe Plant Communities in the Great Basin

    Jeffrey Gicklhorn, Research Assistant, University of Nevada Reno



    Eric LaMalfa

    Unraveling Fire and Herbivore Interactions to Manage Tree Cover in an African Savanna

    Eric LaMalfa, PhD Candidate, Wildland Resources Department, Utah State University


    Christine Olsen

    Public and Agency Perceptions of Smoke from Wild and Prescribed Fire

    Christine Olsen, Research Associate and Instructor, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University




    J. Morgan Varner

    The Role of Prescribed Fire Councils in Restoring the West

    J. Morgan Varner, Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech



    Troy Forrest

    Use of Livestock to Mitigate Risk of Wildfire

    Troy Forrest, UDAF-Grazing Improvement Program Program Manager - Northwest Region Coordinator Utah Grazing Improvement Program Director, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Salt Lake City, Utah



    David S. Pilliod

    Fire, Rain, and Post-Fire Restoration of Sagebrush Steppe in the Great Basin

    David S. Pilliod, Supervisory Research Ecologist, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, US Geological Survey, Boise, Idaho



    Sara Goeking

    Insights into Fire Severity and Post-Fire Recovery from an Integrated Analysis of Forestry Inventory Data and Long-Term Fire Mapping Datasets

    Sara Goeking, Biological Scientist, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Inventory and Monitoring Program


    Paul Rogers

    Quaking Aspen: a Burning Desire in an ‘Asbestos Forest’

    Paul Rogers, Director, Western Aspen Alliance, Adjunct Associate Professor, Utah State University