3rd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference
"Shared Responsibility: Research, Management, and Communities"
April 17-19, 2012 ~ Hilton Hotel ~ Seattle, Washington, USA
The third Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire conference in Seattle, WA, this April brought together fire leaders, social scientists, homeowners and students to explore the expanding fields of human and wildfire interactions. Nearly 200 people enjoyed the opening dialog from Fire Monks author Colleen Morton Busch and Rev. Kansan David Zimmerman who discussed 'meeting wildfire' at the Tassajara Zen retreat in the wilderness of the California coast in 2008. Participants then split up for concurrent session presentations including decision support and organizational communications, to fire risk in British Columbia and wildfire vulnerability of the socio-environmental systems in Portugal. Lively discussions followed each session and stretched into the evening poster session and Friday's field trip focusing on communities and agencies working together. The closeout presentation was made by Lyle Laverty, president of the Laverty Group and former US Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
If you missed the conference or would like to see presentations you missed, the virtual conference is now available for a few more months. This is the first event the IAWF has streamed live and then made available on-line for sharing with a larger audience. The keynote presentation can be viewed for free while individual conference speakers are available for a fee.
Copies of the Fire Monks book are available from the IAWF online bookstore. http://www.iawfonline.org/books.php
The generous conference sponsors are the US National Park Service, the Joint Fire Science Program, Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Phos-Chek.
3rd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire ~ April 17-19, 2012 Seattle, Washington, USA