This postfire research and monitoring collaboration facilitates shared stewardship by increasing interagency awareness of efforts by various state and federal natural resources agencies to assess and learn from the September 2020 fires in Oregon.
Following the 2020 Labor Day fires in western Oregon, several state and federal agencies, along with universities, formed a collaborative to share awareness of each other’s activities and to potentially coordinate postfire restoration monitoring and research. The collaborative operates as an element of the Oregon Governor’s Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Task Force. Technical experts from across organizations are identifying and documenting research and monitoring activities underway, assessing gaps in those efforts, and exploring opportunities for collaboration.
We hypothesize that opportunities exist to amplify the impact and utility to managers and decision makers of individual monitoring or research projects through coordination and collaboration.
The project seeks to increase awareness among the entities conducting postfire related research in Oregon. This will facilitate efficient investment of resources and promote leveraging or direct collaboration among various institutions responsible for fire prevention, mitigation, and restoration research and monitoring. The project focuses on Oregon and the fires experienced in 2020, but it will build a framework for the strategic incorporation of efforts associated with future fires in the state.
Information sharing and documentation; cataloging research and monitoring efforts; information synthesis.
To date, we have found an abundance of interest and efforts conceived, planned, or already underway for postfire monitoring and research.
We will develop a web-based catalog of research and monitoring activities. We also may develop themed-based assessments of proposed or ongoing research and monitoring activities to address specific management or policy issues and identify key gaps in efforts to address critical information requirements. Collaborative engagements targeting specific gaps in research or monitoring efforts may develop as another longer term outcome.