WSCA Wildfire Conference 2004

wildfire collageConference Program :Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association’s 2004 B.C. Wildfire Conference: Wildland Urban Interface Fire in the New Era. Whistler, British Columbia, May 11th, 12th, 13th, 2004.

Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association’s

2004 B.C. Wildfire Conference: Wildland Urban Interface Fire in the New Era.

Whistler, British Columbia, May 11th, 12th, 13th, 2004.

Program Outline

Day 1 – May 11, 2004

Time Topic Speaker 0800-0830 Introductions, welcome Paul Kuster, Squamish Forest District Manager, and Forests Minister The Honorable Mike de Jong

0830-0900 Keynote – why the conference, the conference outline, what we expect to achieve, etc. Robert Mutch, Fire Research, US Forest Service (retired)

Ecology: why is there an issue, where is it, how do we deal with fuels

0900-0930 Historic fire regimes and condition class – how has ecosystem departure in the US contributed to the fire problem? Penelope Morgan, Professor of Fire Ecology, University of Idaho

0930-1000 BC historic fire regimes, condition class, and the Wildland Urban Interface Brad Hawkes, Fire Research Officer, Canadian Forest Service

1000-1030 Coffee

1030-1100 The US fire and fire surrogate study – an update Richy Harrod, Fire Ecologist, US Forest Service Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest

1100-1130 Fuel treatment effectiveness post-wildfire Phil Omi, Professor of Fire Ecology, Colorado State University

1130-1200 Large-scale fuel treatments in BC: costs and effectiveness Greg Anderson, BC Ministry of Forests, Rocky Mountain Forest District

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1330 Fuels management in parks and protected areas: US National Parks Kara Paintner, Fire Ecologist, US National Park Service, Yosemite National Park

1330-1400 Fuels management in parks and protected areas: Canadian National Parks Al Westhaver, Fire Ecologist, Canadian Park Service, Jasper National Park

1400-1430 Fuels management in parks and protected areas: BC Parks Nancy Wilkins, ADM Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection

1430-1500 Fuels management in parks and protected areas: NGO response Eva Riccius, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

1500-1530 Coffee

Economics: how to economically deal with fuels and small diameter trees

1530-1600 Overview of small diameter tree issue Ted Wagner, Assistant Director, US Forest Service, Madison Forest Products Laboratory

1600-1630 Integrated biomass management: Timberjack Finland example Dave Wellman,Timberjack, Ltd.

1630-1700 Biomass opportunities: Ministry of Energy and Mines TBA

Day 2: May 12, 2004

Economics (continued)

0800-0830 Biomass opportunities: BC Hydro TBA

0830-0900 Other products and emerging markets from SDT’s TBA

0900-0930 Fuel treatment economics: BC example Ray Ault, FERIC

0930-1000 Fuel treatment economics: US example Roger Fight, US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

1000-1030 Coffee

Social: public understanding, governance issues, and education needs

1030-1100 2003 wildfires: meeting the intent of the Auditor General’s Report Peter Fuglem, Director, BC Ministry of Forests Protection Branch

1100-1130 2003 wildfires: public reaction: The Filmon Review The Honorable Gary Filmon (Invited)

1130-1200 2003 wildfires: public understanding of the issues Joseph Arvai, Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1330 Treatment effectiveness in the WUI: being pro-active Peter Bothwell, Partners in Protection, FireSmart Program

1330-1400 Emergency planning and the role of municipal governments Tom Brach, Southeast BC Structural Protection Coordinator

1400-1430 “Prepare, stay and survive” program in Australia John Gledhill, Chief of the Tasmania Fire Service and President, Australasia Fire Authority Council

1430-1500 How large an area do we need to treat in order to safeguard communities? Mark Finney, Fire Research, Systems for Environmental Management

1500-1530 Coffee

1530-1600 Implementing successful community safety plans: issues and solutions Dan Bailey, Fire Management Officer, US Forest Service, and Firewise Program Manager

1600-1630 The future organization of WUI fire response in BC Office of the Fire Commissioner

1630-1700 Florida’s legal requirements for fuel reduction treatments in the WUI Jim Brenner, State of Florida Division of Forestry

1800-2000 Banquet Speaker: Politics and practice during the 2003 firestorm Vaughn Palmer, Columnist, The Vancouver Sun

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