Wildland ﬁ res typically have very complex behaviors. They are
affected by changes in fuels, topography, weather, and ignition
patterns. This diverse behavior produces equally diverse effects.
To predict ﬁ re effects you must ﬁ rst quantify ﬁ re behavior and fuel
consumption, ﬁ re size, ﬁ re season, and past ﬁ re occurrence. In many
cases the use of replicated experimental prescribed ﬁ res are necessary
to make inferences. Information from these studies can then be used
to develop quantitative models.
Currently there is substantial debate on how or if land managers
should reduce fuel hazards or engage in salvage logging. Dr. Stephens
has given testimony on this topic on three occasions at the US House
of Representatives Subcommittee on Forest and Forest Health and
Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands. He believes the
central question in this debate is the deﬁ nition of desired future
conditions for our diverse ecosystems. Once we have this then we
must decide what management tools are appropriate to achieve and
maintain the desired conditions.
Dr. Scott Stephens, UC Berkeley, is interested in the
interactions of wildland ﬁ re and ecosystems. This
includes how prehistoric ﬁ res once interacted with
ecosystems, how current wildland ﬁ res are affecting
ecosystems, and how future ﬁ res and management
may change this interaction. How can wildland ﬁ re
policy be improved to meet the challenges of the next
decades? How will ﬁ re be affected by climate change?
WILDFIRE AND OLD-GROWTH JEFFREY PINE-MIXED
DR. SCOTT STEPHENS (UC BERKELEY)
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Lecture begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 donation requested. Includes a No-Host Bar.
Location: Assembly Rooms A & B, Tahoe Center for
291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nevada
(on the campus of Sierra Nevada College)