Fire! and Trees: Helping Homeowners After the Smoke Clears
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
Fire! and Trees: Helping Homeowners After the Smoke Clears - July 9, 2013 – Sisters, OR
Class size is limited to 17! Register Early! Approved continuing education credits: 7-ISA CEUs & 7-OR LCB CEHs. Registration includes lunch, shuttle to field sites, snacks.
If you maintain trees on developed landscapes within fire-prone environments, then come join instructors from Oregon State University and Oregon Department of Forestry during this day-long class (7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.). Learn how trees are affected by fire and receive hands on experience assessing tree survival. A new curriculum on this topic, the class also includes newly developed post-fire worksheets for assessing tree health and landscape impacts.
This class was designed by a team consisting of ODF Community Assistance Forester, Katie Lompa, OSU Extension Foresters, Steve Fitzgerald and Dave Shaw, OSU Soil Scientist, Jeff Hatten, and Sylvia McNeill, ISA-Board Certified Master Arborist with McNeill's Tree Service. In addition to developing a new curriculum on this topic, the team created new post-fire worksheets for assessing tree health and landscape impacts. This is the first time a course and tools like these have been available for addressing this important issue.
What you will learn:
Fire and Trees - It is essential to understand what fire does to trees and to recognize not all trees are affected in the same way by fire.
8-11 a.m. This segment of the class will cover: • Fire ecology • Fuel & fire behavior basics • Tree physiology basics • Fire effects on trees • Fire effects on soils & soil nutrients • Effects of firefighting activities on soils and trees • Abiotic & biotic conditions that can affect tree survival
Tree Management Decisions after a Fire - Diagnosing which trees will survive and which have been killed or permanently affected by fire is the first step in post-fire management of a built landscape. The second step is to determine what are the actions needed to sustain the treed landscape for years to come.
11-Noon This segment of the class will cover: • Assessing tree condition and survivability • Gathering general site and individual tree information
Landscape Vegetation and Homes as Fuel - Landscape vegetation is potential fuel for fire. How to design or restore a landscape to be attractive and fire-resistant is an important skill, which can be included in a business’ offered services.
Noon-12:30 p.m. This segment of the class will cover: • The home ignition zone • Creating fire-resistant landscapes • Assessing combustibility of a home
Field Session - It is said the best learning comes from doing. Hands-on experience assessing tree survival and time to discuss with experts the factors that might affect tree survival is an opportunity not to miss.
1:00-4:00 p.m. This segment of the class will cover: • Visit forested areas where wildfires occurred in 2010 & 2012 • Tree crown, bole, and root evaluation • Exercise in assessment of tree survivability/mortality after a fire • Insect and disease susceptibility
Oregon Department of Forestry
Oregon State University Extension Service
McNeill's Tree Service - Sylvia McNeill, ISA-BCMA
High Desert Green Industry Conference
Pacific Northwest Chapter - International Society of Arboriculture
Funding Provided by USDA Forest Service
Stephen A. Fitzgerald, Professor & Area Extension Forester-Central Oregon Region, Oregon State University Extension Service
Steve is the Area Extension Forester for the Oregon State University Extension Service in the central Oregon region. He conducts extensive educational programming in wildland fire, fuel reduction, and post-fire recovery. Much of his silvicultural research deals with forest restoration and improving forest health in dry-site forests of central and eastern Oregon. Steve currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.
Jeff Hatten, Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
College of Forestry, Oregon State University
Jeff has a BS in Environmental Science from Western Washington University, and a PhD in Forest Soils from the University of Washington. Before his current position as an Assistant Professor of Forest Soils at Oregon State University in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Jeff was an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University in the Department of Forestry. His research focuses on forests soils in managed settings which include intensively managed forests, prescribed fire, and other less intensively managed sites.
Katie Lompa, Community Assistance Forester-Eastern Oregon Area/ISA Certified Arborist, Oregon Department of Forestry-Urban & Community Forestry Assistance Program
For 15 years, Katie has worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry, Urban & Community Forestry Assistance Program as a community assistance forester. From her office in Prineville, OR, she provides urban forestry leadership, education and technical services to cities, other state and local agencies, schools and universities, and non-profit and civic organizations located within the 18 Oregon counties east of the Cascades. Prior to working for ODF, Katie covered the Eastern Shore of Maryland for the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, Forest Service as a Forest Conservation Act Regional Coordinator and Urban Forester. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Urban Forest Resource Management from The Ohio State University and is an ISA Certified Arborist.