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California Fire Science Consortium

California Fire Science Consortium . Activity Overview and Outreach/Collaboration Potential . May 3 rd , 2012. Tim Kline, CFSC Coordinator. CFSC organization. Sierra Nevada Hugh Safford (USFS ) Chris Mallek (UCD) Susie Kocher (UCCE) R5 Ecology Team. Northern CA

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California Fire Science Consortium

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  1. California Fire Science Consortium Activity Overview and Outreach/Collaboration Potential May 3rd, 2012 Tim Kline, CFSC Coordinator

  2. CFSC organization Sierra Nevada Hugh Safford (USFS)Chris Mallek (UCD) Susie Kocher (UCCE) R5 Ecology Team Northern CA Carl Skinner (USFS PSW) Yana Valachovic (UCCE) Lenya Quinn-Davidson (UCCE) Chris Lee (UCCE) Morgan Varner (Humboldt SU) UC Berkeley "Hub" Scott Stephens (UCB) Max Moritz (UCCE) Bill Stewart (UCCE) Tim Kline (UCB) Susie Kocher (UCCE) Desert Matt Brooks (USGS) Russell Scofield (DoI) Fon Duke Central and Southern CA Jon Keeley (USGS) Marti Witter (NPS) Liz van Mantgem (USGS) WUI (covers entire state) Chris Dicus (Cal Poly SU) Dan Turner (Cal Poly SU)

  3. Membership breakdown

  4. Deliverables: In-person outreach • 2011 Strategy: Establish CFSC presence and identity through participation in existing groups, events • Outreach Talks/Poster presentations about CFSC • Examples: • Regional Fire Safe Council Meetings (multiple) • Northern CA Rx Fire Council • Workshops and Conferences • Ex: Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire and Smoke Symposium • Included AQ Regulators, Federal and state forest managers, scientists, tribes. • Didn’t include public – this has been a missing link!

  5. Regional advisory groups • Development of local steering committees • Agency managers, NGOs, regulators, community stakeholders • Guide regional efforts • Sierra Nevada and Central/Southern CA/Northern CA Teams • Developed own groups • Desert and Northern CA Teams • Built on relationships with existing groups • NorCal Rx Fire Council, CA Desert Managers Group

  6. Deliverables: Written / Web work • Monthly email newsletter • Maintains engagement with base, provides means to publicize new CFSC resources and events • Blog • For sharing and highlighting CFSC and third-party fire resources • Research briefs • Highlight the management implications of fire science research • 28 released since March 2011 • Bibliographies for resource managers • Intended to identify pertinent scientific articles • Organized by region and subject • Research Syntheses • A more in-depth analysis of existing research regarding a particular topic • One released so far: “Balancing the Carbon Costs and Benefits of Fuels Management” • Potential for a synthesis of western smoke science?

  7. Deliverables: Webinars • Engage a large and diverse group of our participants • Facilitates interaction (albeit limited) with presenters • Free, easily accessible for participants • Simple to set up and plan • Fall 2011 Series • Spring 2012 Series • Ongoing WUI Series • Recordings hosted on CFSC website • 15 recorded to date

  8. Information flow to/from CFSC Research CFSC Land managers • Scientific Articles • Data • Research sites • Research briefs • Webinars • Field trips • Meetings/symposia • Management decisions (treatment timing, size, restoration goals, etc) Public Regulators • Complaints • Acceptance • Burn permits • AQ advisories

  9. How to increase the success of outreach and education efforts? • Research briefs for the public and the media • 1-2 page briefs on the ecological role of fire, historical prevalence of smoke and fire, etc • Have ready for distribution before a Rx fire or in response to a wildfire event • Social media (facebook and twitter) • Common medium for media to pick up stories and for public to get immediate info • CalFire has had success with twitter during events (Daniel Berlant, CalFire PIO)

  10. Importance of collaboration and repetition • “One message, many voices” • Like politics, if we can repeat an agreed-upon message enough, people will start to listen

  11. Questions? Tim Kline Coordinator California Fire Science Consortium lab: 510-642-4934 mobile: 415-516-0701

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