FVS: Forest Vegetation Simulator

The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) is a family of forest growth simulation models. It is a system of highly integrated analytical tools that is based upon a body of scientific knowledge developed from decades of natural resources research and experience. Since the development of the first model for northern Idaho in 1973, FVS has evolved into a collection of “variants” which represent different geographic areas across the country.

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Association for Fire Ecology

Association for Fire Ecology Webpage. The Association for Fire Ecology is an organization of professionals dedicated to improving the knowledge and use of fire in land management through science and education. They have an active student chapter system and an open access online academic journal.

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The Nature Conservancy: Maintaining Fire's Natural Role

The Nature Conservancy: Maintaining Fire's Natural Role (Website). 

The Nature Conservancy works to maintain fire’s role where it benefits people and nature, and keep fire out of places where it is destructive. 

Working with partners, they:

  • Use and promote Integrated Fire Management as a way to serve the fire-related needs of people and nature.
  • Develop software, maps and data through the TNC-LANDFIRE project, which supports conservation action planning by partners in the US Department of Interior via the national LANDFIRE Program.
  • Conduct scientific assessments to understand the causes and consequences of altered fire behavior.
  • Develop site-based solutions to maintain and restore habitats that require fire to exist.
  • Advance laws and policies that conserve fire’s role in nature.
  • Participate in the Fire Adapted Communities Coalition, which is working to help local communities in the U.S. assess their risk and take action to safely coexist with fire.

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FEIS: US Forest Service, Fire Effects Information System

US Forest Service, Fire Effects Information System. The Fire Effects Information System is an online collection of reviews of the scientific literature about fire effects on plants and animals and about fire regimes of plant communities in the United States. FEIS reviews are based on thorough literature searches, often supplemented with insights from field scientists and managers. FEIS provides reviews that are efficient to use, thoroughly documented, and defensible. Approximately 15 to 30 new or revised reviews are published in FEIS each year.

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LANDIS-II simulates forest succession, disturbance (including fire, wind, harvesting, insects), climate change, and seed dispersal across large (typically 10,000 - 20,000,000 ha) landscapes. LANDIS-II tracks the spatial distribution of discrete tree and shrub species and has flexible spatial and temporal resolutions.
USFS, University of Wiscsonsin, LANDIS-II disturbance and succession spatial model

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BehavePlus Fire Modeling System

The BehavePlus fire modeling system is a Windows® based computer program that can be used for any fire management application that involves modeling fire behavior and fire effects. The system is composed of a collection of mathematical models that describe fire behavior, fire effects, and the fire environment. The program simulates rate of fire spread, spotting distance, scorch height, tree mortality, fuel moisture, wind adjustment factor, and many other fire behaviors and effects; so it is commonly used to predict fire behavior in several situations. This tool is brought to us by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

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FARSITE is a fire growth simulation modeling system. It uses spatial information on topography and fuels along with weather and wind files. It incorporates existing models for surface fire, crown fire, spotting, post-frontal combustion, and fire acceleration into a 2-dimensional fire growth model.

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USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station  FARSITE fire and growth simulation model