Identifying Common Ground Among Fire Researchers
The Fire Research Consensus (FRC) Project strives to provide a clear path forward for scientists, land managers, and communities to deal with recent scientific controversies regarding the role of high-severity fires, especially in forests of the American west. The FRC developed an extensive questionnaire to survey 77 practicing scientists representing diverse geographic and scientific backgrounds.
We are now synthesizing results from 36 respondents. The depth and breadth of responses is sufficient to identify key areas of agreement and disagreement among fire scientists. This analysis will allow us to identify ways to proceed on issues still unsettled, which will greatly facilitate application of existing scientific findings. The FRC steering committee met to discuss this work from November 1-4, 2016 in Yosemite National Park.
Steering committee members are collaboratively evaluating and summarizing the questionnaire results, which will produce a shorter list of consensus statements and issues for both science and management. These draft results will again be circulated in spring 2017 for discussion among both the science respondent community and a wider group of forest managers.
The FRC steering committee is optimistic that summaries obtained from this work can clarify accepted science to aid land managers and community leaders to help determine when and where controlled fire is appropriate, and to better prepare for adverse fire impacts. Stay tuned…
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