Special Session at Association for Fire Ecology Congress

Nov. 1, 2021
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For the upcoming Association for Fire Ecology Congress, the Joint Fire Science Program, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Southwest and Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Centers are partnering to deliver a special session and fire circle - The Nexus of Climate Change and Fire: Taking Science to Action. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on advancing adaptation to changing fire regimes on Friday Dec. 3rd from 1:00 pm – 2:40 pm eastern time. To participate, you must register for the Association for Fire Ecology Congress at afefirecongress.org.

Changing climate and expansion of the wildland urban interface and invasive species are driving dramatic changes in fire regimes with sometimes devastating consequences for ecosystems and society. Devising solutions to address this challenge requires an unprecedented level of cross-disciplinary, science-management, and cross-organizational collaboration and partnership at multiple scales. In the companion special session, scientists, practitioners, and boundary-spanners will present examples of innovative science, adaptation strategies, collaborations, and partnerships that have advanced adaptation to changing fire regimes. The purpose of this fire circle is to further the discussion and learn from participants on innovative approaches to addressing changing fire regimes and factors that lead to successful science-manager, cross-organizational collaborations and partnerships. Fire circle organizers will compile information shared in the fire circle and companion session and use it to inform future cross-agency partnerships and frameworks for advancing adaptation to changing fire regimes.