International Association of Wildland Fire

12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

Presented by the International Association of Wildland Fire

October 25 - 26, 2012

Sydney, Australia

Post Conference Tours

On-line registration is now closed, but you can sign up for tours on-site.

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Pre-registration required, no fee to participate.

Tour A-1: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tour A-2: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Elk Country Visitor Center is an experience that reveals the beauty, diversity and importance of North America’s elk country. Highlights include an impressive display of trophy elk mounts, and a wildlife viewing and walking trail through the 22-acre Foundation property.

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
“When The Mountains Roared: The Fire Of 1910”
The Big Burn of 1910 transformed the West and redefined the way we look at fire. Visit the special exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1910 fires.


Tour B-1: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tour B -2: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Smokejumper Base Visitor Center & Region 1 Fire Cache
Visit the nation’s largest active smokejumper base and learn about the unique demands of this occupation, view a replica of a 1930s lookout tower, and tour the loft, ready room, and load master’s room.

Missoula Technology & Development Center (MTDC)
MTDC makes equipment, information, concepts, and ideas available so Federal and State agencies can better manage the millions of acres of public land.

The Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Fire Lab is showcasing its rich history and unique role in the world of wildland fire research.


Tour C-1: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tour C-2: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Museum of Mountain Flying
This museum seeks to interpret and preserve the history of mountain flying in Montana and the Northern Rockies. Visitors can view aircraft displays as well as interactive history displays.

St. Patrick’s Hospital Life Flight
St. Patrick’s Life Flight was the first air ambulance program to be certified in the State of Montana and transports over 800 patients each year. Participants will tour the facility and the ship to learn their capabilities and procedures with special emphasis on how they can benefit wildland fire situations.


Tour D-1: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Hangar Tour
The Department of Natural Resources & Conservation partnered with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association will be hosting an inter-agency /local government fire suppression equipment tour at the DNRC helibase.  



A fee of $25 will be charged for these excursions to cover transportation and lunch.

Day Trip #1: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge, Moiese, MT
Enjoy one of the richest wildlife experiences in the Northwest. The 18,500 acres of this refuge are home to 350-500 American bison, elk, white-tail and mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheet, black bear, and coyote as well as over 200 species of birds. The drive gains 2,000 feet in elevation providing expansive views of this beautiful area.

Day Trip #2: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Stevensville, MT
Located along the meandering Bitterroot River and surrounded by majestic towering mountains, the refuge offers spectacular viewing opportunities of the landscape and wildlife. The refuge was established in 1963 and named in honor of the late U.S. Senator from Montana, Lee Metcalf, a lifelong conservation advocate.

The Teller Wildlife Refuge, Corvallis, MT
In the heart of Montana's Bitterroot Valley, The Teller is a 1,200-acre wildlife paradise as well as a non-profit, wildlife conservation organization. The Teller represents conservation in action with its wildlife habitat enhancement projects, restoration of wetlands and streams, conservation education program, and expansion of its land base.


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