This conference is designed for anyone with an interest in wildland fire in the Appalachian Region. It promises to be unique in its approach to sharing information. First, it is a conference about wildland fire in the Appalachians that is held in the Appalachians. Second, and equally unique, is that the conference is not a research symposium and it is not a managers meeting; it is both. The objective of the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists and the Association for Fire Ecology is for fire managers and researchers to learn from each other so they can better understand problems specific to the highly diverse Appalachian Mountains and to work together to solve those problems.
The conference includes three concurrent mini-conferences. Over 40 invited speakers will discuss research updates and management experiences. Researchers will discuss plant and wildlife ecology, fire history, invasives, season of burning, and other topics. Managers will share experiences on how to apply fire to the landscape, how to work with media and the general public, and updates to fire management tools such as smoke prediction models, LANDFIRE, FRCC, and IFT-DSS. A highlight will be success stories for programs such as the Fire Learning Network, state Prescribed Fire Councils, and interagency cooperation. A field trip on the third day will share manager's experiences and applying research results on the ground.