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 Wildland Fire Impacts on Watersheds
 Understanding, Planning and Response

  October 21-23, 2003 • Denver, Colorado

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The Challenge

Wildland fires are inevitable, recurring events in most terrestrial ecosystems in the United States. Historic land management practices and current development have altered these ecosystems so that modern wildland fires are more widespread and catastrophic. Extended drought increases the probability of major wildland fire that leaves whole landscapes unprotected by vegetation.

Primary water sources for many metropolitan areas are at risk when watersheds burn. Many will burn — it's a question of when and how severely. Unfortunately, many municipalities are unaware and unprepared to deal with the effects of accelerated geomorphic processes following major wildland fires.

Conference Objectives

  • Enable technology transfer among the science and technology community and the practitioner community — land, resource and fire management specialists and planners
  • Build working relationships among scientists and practitioners so that relevant scientific information and tools can be successfully applied in real situations
  • Provide opportunities for scientists, technical specialists and practitioners to learn from each other and develop collaborative relationships to advance knowledge and applicability of information and tools
  • Identify needs for further geomorphic and hydrologic research and technology

Who Should Attend

  • Resource specialists and planners who develop action alternatives to mitigate accelerated erosion and mass wasting caused by wildland fire
  • Scientists and technical/subject matter experts in predicting, understanding and mitigating effects of wildland fire
  • Managers and decision makers seeking an overview of the effects of wildland fire
  • General public and others with an interest in the art and science of erosion, flooding, debris flow and water quality following wildland fire

Invited Speakers Featured

To optimize technology transfer, each session features invited speakers who are experts in the field. These experts come from various organizations with research and land and resource management responsibilities. The conference aims to give attendees and presenters an opportunity to meet, get to know each other, and build working relationships.

Call for Posters

Abstracts deadline was September 22, 2003

In addition to the invited speakers that comprise the technical program, we encourage further exchange of ideas, methods, and case studies related to the conference topics during two evening poster sessions.

You are invited to submit an abstract for a poster presentation. We are seeking posters that are closely tied to the subject of the conference and related to the break out sessions. Two poster sessions are scheduled- late afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Technical Program Committee will select the posters that best compliment other discussions during the meeting. All abstracts will be published in the conference notebook.

One horizontal poster board (approximately 4' high x 8' wide) will be supplied for each presenter.

Posters will be accepted only from registered meeting participants. A $15 abstract processing fee will be charged. All abstracts must be submitted online. Secure, online credit card payment is required at the time of abstract submission.

Conference Notebook

All participants will receive a conference reference notebook that includes:

  • Handouts from the sessions
  • Abstracts of the posters
  • List of conference speakers and participants
  • Reference section with helpful information
  • List of vendors

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