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Prescribed fire policy barriers: Findings from a Joint Fire Science Project on challenges and strategies on federal lands across the West
November 27
Speakers: Courtney Schultz, Heidi Huber-Stearns
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 (MST)
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Prescribed fire is an essential management tool for restoring and maintaining fire-dependent ecosystems; however, land managers are unable to apply prescribed fire at the necessary levels. Past surveys have identified a range of policies and regulations that managers say limit their ability to conduct prescribed fire. We are conducting a project investigating barriers to prescribed fire across the West for the BLM and the US Forest Service. Our goals are to identify the origin and range of interpretation of perceived policy barriers (i.e. whether these reside in law, agency guidance, culture, or individual discretion) and characterize the opportunities and mechanisms that are available to overcome barriers at various scales. The first phase of our project involved a legal analysis and interviews across the 11 Western states with BLM and Forest Service fire and fuels managers and state-level air quality regulators. We report on the diversity of regulatory approaches, policy barriers, and strategies for overcoming challenges across the West, based on our legal review and interviews. While air quality regulation limits managers’ ability to conduct prescribed fire, it is only one of many issues that managers say affect their programs; other significant challenges include capacity limitations, a lack of incentives to increase accomplishments, and individual risk aversion. We will discuss the importance of governance and communication strategies for overcoming the challenge of integrating air quality and land management concerns and discuss other suggestions from interviewees that would afford managers greater opportunities to get more prescribed fire on the ground.

Courtney Schultz is Associate Professor of Forest and Natural Resource Policy and Director of the Public Lands Policy Group in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. Her recent research has focused on understanding how policy affects forest restoration efforts across the National Forest System and particularly on CFLRP and Joint Chiefs projects.

Heidi Huber-Stearns, Assistant Research Professor, Ecosystem Workforce Program Associate Director, Insititue for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon 

The Emerald Ash borer: strategies for conserving ash in the urban forest
November 28
Speakers: Dr. Dan Herms, The Davey Tree Company
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (MST)
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Dan Herms
This presentation will review research that provides scientific basis for EAB management and conservation of ash in urban environments.  Results of multiyear insecticide trials with soil applied, trunk injected, and bark applied systemic insecticides show that protection of even very large caliper ash trees is a viable option to consider as part of an integrated management program for EAB.  The EAB Cost Calculator and tree inventories can be used to integrate treatments with removal schedules to develop proactive, strategic management programs for ash and the EAB “death curve” in the urban forest.

Dan Herms is Vice President of Research and Development for The Davey Tree Expert Company.  Prior to joining Davey, Herms was a professor in the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University from 1997-2017.  He received his B.S. in Landscape Horticulture from Ohio State University in 1982, his M.S. in both Horticulture and Entomology, also from Ohio State University in 1984, and a PhD from Michigan State University in Forest Entomology in 1991.  His research and outreach programs have focused on the ecology and management of insect pests of trees in forests, urban forests, and ornamental landscapes.

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