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 



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, economists, and demonstration project managers.

Symposium Themes and Goals

  • Provide an overview of the topic and a summary of what we know now from published and reviewed scientific studies (Bales, March 2014)
  • Present the current research 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 project managers’ forum for a dialogue on next steps


The Symposium has invited the leading scientists and economists, who will join policy and project managers, to provide attendees with the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge of each subject area.

For more information and to register: Fire Symposium

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