Alaska Refuges Play Major Role in Developing Joint Fire Science Program Research Proposals


Each year during an eight-week period, researchers interested in fire related topics compete for funding from the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture's "Joint Fire Science Program." This year, refuges in Alaska are involved in six of the 11 proposals that were submitted for research in Alaska. Research topics range from climate change and vegetation succession, to caribou and moose population movements related to large fires, to gathering data on fire behavior in beetle-killed spruce forests on the Kenai Peninsula. These projects include field data collected on Yukon Flats, Kanuti, Tetlin and Kenai refuges and the results will have applicability throughout the state. Nearly all of these proposals have multiple partnerships showing strong collaboration throughout the state. The Joint Fire Science Program will announce its selections in March 2006. Regardless of the outcome of the process, Alaska National Wildlife Refuges are making important contributions through partnerships to advance our understanding of fire in Alaska ecosystems.

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