Fire Ecosystem Forest Management & Water Yield Symposium

Fire Ecosystem Forest Management &
Water Yield Symposium
May 2, 2014 9 AM – 4:30 PM
USFS Wildland Fire Training Center, McClellan, CA
Sponsored by: USFS PSW Region 5, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Sierra Business Council,
Mt. Counties Water Resources Association, American River Watershed Institute

Water yield and Sierra forest management has emerged as a critical issue. Severe drought,
increasingly massive fire incidents, fuel loaded forests, and climate change trends combined have
forced re-evaluation of watershed forest management methods to increase water supply (and power
production), protect forests from catastrophic fires, and build resilience to climate change
effects.
Decision-makers, project implementers, water and power managers, researchers, and all stakeholders
who want to know the science and economics of healthy forest and water reliability. The Fire
Ecosystem Forest Management and Water Yield Symposium presents the current facts and issues from
the leading researchers and demonstration project managers.

The key goals of the Symposium are:
● Provide an overview of the topic and a summary of what we know now from published and reviewed
scientific studies, (Bales, February 2014).
● Present the current research in Sierran forests on water yield and management practices from
four lead
researchers with summaries of what we know to date.
● Convene a researchers’ forum to discuss what we need to know, where are the gaps, what we will
know, and when will we know it.
● Provide an overview of the issues from local, regional, state and federal levels with examples
of model
projects and plans.
● Present an economic model of optimal forest treatment methods with cost/benefit comparisons to
wildfire, (SNC, April 2014).
● Present the economic assessment of the Rim Fire, and climate change predictions for Sierran
fire trends,(EarthEconomics, December 2013).
● Describe the economics of ecosystem service elements that are part of fire management
practices, with examples of successful projects with financial analysis.
● Convene the economics and leadership forum for a dialogue on next steps
The Symposium has invited the leading scientists and economists, who will join policy and project
leaders, to provide attendees with the state-of-the-art scientific, economic, and political
knowledge of the subject area. .
Information & Registration: WWW.FIRESYMPOSIUM.ARWI.US Registration fee: $55 before April 18,
and $85 after. Students: $20 before 4/18, and $45 after Contact the Coordinator, Otis
Wollan, at otiswollan@gmail.com cell 530-320-6841

Symposium Planning Team & Participating Sponsors: Roger Bales, UC Merced; Carolyn Hunsaker, USFS
Pacific Southwest Research Station; John Kingsbury, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association;
Bill Stewart, UC Berkeley School of Forestry; Peter Tittmann, UC Berkeley Center for Forestry; Liz
Mansfield, Sierra Water Workgroup; Kerri Timmer, Sierra Business Council; Otis Wollan, American
River Watershed Institute
Water Workgroup; Kerri Timmer, Sierra Business Council; Otis Wollan, American River Watershed
Institute

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