Navigation Links
Ecology, economics and soil societies brief Congress on post-wildfire resource management
Date:7/14/2008

On Wednesday, 9 July, three prominent scientific societies sponsored briefings on Capitol Hill to inform lawmakers about how to manage natural areas after they have been impacted by wildfire. Jointly sponsored by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), the educational briefings were presented by three experts in the fields of forest ecology, forest soil science and resource economics.

Since 1990, the number and acreage of fires has increased by 30-fold compared to historical fires dating back to 1910. During the summer months, these wildfires devastate hundreds of square miles of forests in the western U.S. Burned areas are often vulnerable to soil erosion, which can lead to landslides, river sedimentation, plant and animal loss and contaminated watersheds. The management of burned areas has direct implications for the regeneration of these valuable ecosystem resources.

"Research into effective management of post-fire ecosystems is an investment in our future," says Dr. Norm Christensen, a fire ecologist and president of ESA. "We should rely heavily on our ability to mimic nature to promote healthy ecosystems and sustainable ecosystem services, which benefit all humankind."

In recent years, changes in weather patterns associated with climate change have exacerbated the wildfire problem, creating desert-like conditions across much of the central and western U.S. which, in turn, has caused fires to burn larger and hotter and amplified the negative effects on soil quality and ecosystem services. The panel provided a scientific approach to management of these lands and the restoration of ecosystem services after the fires have burned.

The panel consisted of three wildfire experts:

  • Dr. Norm Christensen, forest ecologist at Duke University. Sponsored by ESA
  • Dr. Dan Neary, soil scientist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service. Sponsored by SSSA
  • Dr. Stephen Swallow, resource economist at the University of Rhode Island. Sponsored by C-FARE


'/>"/>

Contact: Sara Uttech
suttech@soils.org
608-268-4948
Soil Science Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity- TEEB
2. International symposium explores fire suppression economics
3. Brief, intense exercise benefits the heart
4. The 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress held at Cornell University, Aug. 10-14
5. 5th Annual World Health Care Congress April 21-23, Washington, D.C.
6. IEEE-USA commends president for asking Congress to double support for critical research
7. 20th ECNP Congress 2007, Oct. 13-17, Vienna, Austria
8. USGS Coalition to host congressional reception
9. New Web resource to improve crop engineering
10. Securing the future of Europes biological data resources
11. Biodiversity as a natural resource
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/18/2017)... SUNNYVALE, Calif. , April 18, 2017  Socionext Inc., a ... prototype of a media edge server, the M820, which features the ... face recognition software provided by Tera Probe, Inc., will be showcased ... and at the NAB show at the Las Vegas ... ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... offering. ... market to grow at a CAGR of 30.37% during the period ... has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs ... growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... , April 5, 2017 Today HYPR ... that the server component of the HYPR platform is ... providing the end-to-end security architecture that empowers biometric authentication ... HYPR has already secured over 15 million users across ... manufacturers of connected home product suites and physical access ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... , ... ComplianceOnline’s Medical Device Summit is back for its 4th year. The ... Francisco, CA. The Summit brings together current and former FDA office bearers, regulators, industry ... officials from around the world to address key issues in device compliance, quality and ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands and LAGUNA HILLS, ... that The Institute of Cancer Research, London ... will use MMprofiler™ with SKY92, SkylineDx,s prognostic tool to risk-stratify ... high-risk trial known as MUK nine . The University ... this trial, which is partly funded by Myeloma UK, and ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... , ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to SBT-100, its novel anti-STAT3 (Signal Transducer ... treatment of osteosarcoma. SBT-100 is able to cross the cell membrane and bind ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... program has won a US2020 STEM Mentoring Award. Representatives of the FirstHand program ... in Volunteer Experience from US2020. , US2020’s mission is to change the trajectory ...
Breaking Biology Technology: