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Utilizing scientific information to support resilient forest and fire management

Melanie Colavito

Abstract

There is increasing interest in better understanding resilience in forest and fire management but a great deal of uncertainty about the characteristics of resilient systems. This presents an opportunity for scientists, managers, and other constituents to work together to develop actionable scientific information to inform planning, decision-making, and implementation that fosters resilience in forest and fire management. However, despite efforts to improve the usability of scientific information, effectively connecting science and decision-making remains a challenge. Following a workshop about ecosystem resilience in the Southwest United States, interviews were conducted with scientists, managers, and other constituents to assess the use of scientific information in forest and fire management. Interview respondents were asked how scientific information is used in management, how management needs are considered in research, how scientific information is communicated, what scientific information is lacking, and how scientists and managers can most effectively work together. The results provide insight into the application, development, and communication of scientific information, resilience research needs, and recommendations for facilitating collaborative research. In-person interactions, identification of common goals, and sustained, ongoing communication are identified as the most important strategies for facilitating collaboration among scientists, managers, and other constituents to support resilient forest and fire management.

WF16158  Accepted 11 March 2017

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