2017 Klamath Fire Ecology Symposium

05/10/2017 09:00 AM - 05/12/2017 04:00 PM PT


Orleans, CA 95556
United States


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5th Klamath Fire Ecology Symposium

Increasing the Pace, Scale and Quality of Fire in the Klamath Mountains

May 10, 11, and 12, 2017

Panamnik Building, Orleans, CA


Early registration opens February 13, 2017

Scholarship applications due March 31, 2017

Early registration closes March 31, 2017

Call for posters closes March, 2017

Late registration closes April 28, 2017 (see price increase at the end of this page)

Day 1: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Time Event Presenter/Moderator

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Welcome – Will Harling

9:15 Plenary Session

  • Leaf Hillman - Karuk Tribe, Ken Pimlott - CALFIRE, Barney Gyant - USFS

10:00          Session One: Preparing for Managed Wildfires: In the steep and complex terrain of the Klamath Mountains, our management of wildland fires has the most pervasive impact of all forest management activities. This panel delves into different approaches being used in various land designations and has an emphasis on pre-fire planning. During this time of shifting paradigms from fire exclusion and suppression to increased prescribed fire and managed wildfire for resource benefit, we explore how we can manage risk, address uncertainty and protect communities.

Moderated by Karuna Greenberg - Salmon River Restoration Council

10:05 Preparing for Managed Wildfire

  • Will Harling – Mid Klamath Watershed Council

10:35 Break

10:50 Spatial Fire Management Planning and Forest Plan Revision

  • Jennifer Anderson, US Forest Service

11:20 Managed Wildfire and Wilderness Fire Management

  • Craig Thomas – Sierra Forest Legacy

11:45 Panel Session

  • Karuna Greenberg - Salmon River Restoration Council, Moderator

Noon Lunch Provided

1:00          Session Two: Traditional and Western Fire Management: Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is one form of best available science to guide fire management. Traditional fire management practices still continue and are relevant for today’s land managers. In the Klamath Mountains where there community health is intricately tied to landscape fire, we look into how TEK can help rural communities evolve with fire. This session also examines the mechanics of using TEK in land management and the activities of cultural fire practitioners that continue to contribute to our diverse bioregion. Learn how partnerships are implementing traditional burning in a contemporary context to achieve multiple resource objectives.

  • Frank K. Lake – USFS-PSW, Introduction to the Session

1:05     Cultural Fire Management Council – How it Works and Where we Are Going

  • Margo Robbins – Yurok Tribe

1:30 Cohesive Strategy – Local Implementation from a National Framework

  • Bill Tripp – Karuk Tribe

1:55 USFS Fuels and Wildland Fire Partnership Perspective

  • Nolan Colegrove – USFS, Merv George - USFS

2:20 Break

2:35 Using Data to Integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Forest Management: Case Study from the Somes Bar

  • Jill Beckmann – Karuk Tribe, Brendan Twieg – Mid Klamath Watershed Council

3:20 Panel Session

  • Frank K. Lake – USFS-PSW

3:50 Break

4:00          Session Three: Climate Change – Fire Exclusion and High Severity Fire:  Can we influence the intensity at which future forest fires will burn – minimizing the negative effects and maximizing the positive effects? Can wildland fires be used to reduce fire hazard, increasing forest heterogeneity and sustain biodiversity in fire-adapted forests? What are the implications for wildlife conservation and how does climate change affect the decisions that fire managers make?  

  • Clint Isbell – USFS, Moderator

4:05 High severity and ecology in the era of Climate Change

  • Eric Knapp – USFS-PSW

4:35 Implications for Fire Management

  • Dominick DellaSalla – Geos Institute

5:05 Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

  • Kari Norgaard – University of Oregon

5:35 Panel Session

  • Clint Isbell – USFS, Moderator

6:00 Dinner

7:00           Keynote Presentation: The Seven Core Principles of Landscape RestorationTo restore key characteristics of this resilience to current landscapes, planning and management are needed at ecoregion, local landscape, successional patch, and tree neighborhood scales. Restoration that works effectively across ownerships and allocations will require active thinking about landscapes as socio-ecological systems that provide services to people within the finite capacities of ecosystems. We focus attention on landscape-level prescriptions as foundational to restoration planning and execution.

Panamnik Building – Open to the Public

  • Paul Hessburg – USFS-PNW 

8:00 CampFire StoryTelling (riverside behind Panamnik Building)

  • Frank Lake – Moderator


Day 2: Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Welcome: Max Creasy, Ecologist, US Forest Service, Retired

9:10          Session Four: Increasing the Use of Prescribed Fire in the Klamath Mtns and Beyond: What is a fire adapted community? Co-existing with fire in the Klamath Mountains often involves prescribed fire near our communities before wildfire is near our communities. We explore different models to increase prescribed fire including the TREX model and Prescribed Burn Associations. But where there is fire, there is smoke. In this session we also assess air quality impacts while addressing the significant fire deficit in the Klamath Mountains.

  • Will Harling – Mid Klamath Watershed Council (moderator)

9:15 Fire Learning Network (FLN), Fire Adapted Communities (FAC), and Prescribed Fire Associations

  • Marek Smith (invited) – FLN Program Director, The Nature Conservancy, Lenya Quinn-Davidson – Director, Northern CA Prescribed Fire Council

10:00 The Prescribed Fire Training Exchange Model (TREX): Bringing Good Fire to a Landscape Near You!

  • Amanda Stamper (invited) – Fire Manager, The Nature Conservancy

10:30 Break

10:45 Prescribed Fire and National and State Fire Policy

  • Nick Goulette – Director, Watershed Research and Training Center

11:15 Developing Capacity Through Partnerships and Agreements to Implement Fire and Fuels Treatments

  • Marko Bey (invited), Executive Director, Lomakatsi Restoration Project

11:45 Panel Session

  • Will Harling – Mid Klamath Watershed Council, Moderator

Noon Lunch - Provided

1:00          Session Five: Emerging Science: During this session we explore scientific inquiry and methods regarding fire’s effects on aquatic resources and other emerging scientific findings from the Pacific Northwest as it applies to the Klamath Mountains.

  • Frank K. Lake-USFS PSW - Moderator

1:05 Bird Monitoring To Evaluate the Effectiveness of Prescribed Fire Treatments

  • Jamie Stephens (invited) – Science Director, Klamath Bird Observatory

1:35 Wildlife Conservation: Owls and Fire

  • John Keane – Research Ecologist, USFS PSW Davis Lab

2:05 Break

2:15 Fire Adapted Traits of Western Oaks and Conifers

  • Morgan Varner – Biological Scientist, USFS PNW Research Station

2:45 Toward developing fire weather trigger points to promote desired wildfire in the Klamath Mountains

  • Jeff Kane, Professor, Fire Ecology, Humboldt State University

3:15 The Relationship Between Fire and Fish

  • Aaron David– US Fish and Wildlife Service, Eli Asarian – River Bend Sciences

3:45 BREAK

3:55 The Social Science Considerations of Shifting to Landscape Scale Fire Management

  • Erin Kelly, Assistant Forestry Professor, Humboldt State University

4:25 Q & A Science Support and Research Needs (CA Fire Science Consortium)

  • Lenya Quinn-Davidson – Director, Northern California Prescribed Fire Council

4:50 Panel

  • Frank K. Lake-USFS PSW - Moderator

5:00 No-host bar opens

5:15 TREX videos

  • Jenny Staats, Klamath Salmon Media Collaborative

5:30 Poster Session

6:00 Dinner

7:00          Keynote Presentation: Native Burning in the Klamaths and Climate Change Adaptation: Twenty-first-century climate change is projected to increase fire activity in California, but predictions are uncertain because humans can amplify or buffer fire-climate relationships. Our recent study combined a tree-ring-based fire history with 20th-century area burned data to show that large fire regime shifts during the past 415 years corresponded with socioecological change, and not climate variability. Native American burning buffered the effects of climate until Euro-American invasion caused drastic population declines and disrupted Native culture. Climate then amplified large-scale fire activity after the buffering effect of Native American burns on fire spread was reduced. Later Euro-American settlement and fire suppression buffered fire activity from long-term temperature increases. Even so, recent decades have seen increased fire activity and sensitivity to climate. Our findings suggest that humans, through their use and management of fire, have long influenced the ultimate effects of climate. This highlights a need to enhance our understanding of human–fire interactions to improve the skill of future projections of fire driven by climate change.

  • Keynote Speaker: Carl Skinner – USFS-PSW

8:00 Live Music and/or DJ!


Day 3: Friday, May 12, 2017

8:00    Breakfast and Pack Lunches       

9:00    Welcome and Fieldtrip overview  

9:30    Leave

10:00  West Simms Unit    

10:45  Drive to Donahue Flat WKRP Focal Area          

11:00  Donahue Flat WKRP Focal Area

11:45  Leave for Somes Bar          

12:00  Lunch at Somes Bar Field Site

1:30    Leave Somes Bar Field Site         

2:00    Return


Call for Abstracts

To submit an abstract for the Klamath Fire Ecology Symposium poster session on May 10, 2017 at 5 pm, please follow the link provided. 

5th KFES Abstract Submission Instructions and Guidelines


Early registration rates:

Full Workshop:


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Thursday Only


Friday Only



Scholarship application



Late registration rates:

Full Workshop:


Wednesday Only


Thursday Only


Friday Only



Some scholarship are available. Please submit a request for scholarships.


For more information contact the Mid Klamath Watershed Council at mail@mkwc.org

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This project was made possible through support provided by the United States Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy, under the terms of Cooperative Agreement #14-CA-11132543-094. The content and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the USFS, DOI, or The Nature Conservancy, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

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