The Wildland-Urban Interface:
Sustaining Forests in a Changing Landscape

University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Gainesville, Florida
November 5-8, 2001

   A conference co-sponsored by
University of Florida
 - The Urban Forestry Institute
- School of Forest Resources and Conservation
- Florida Cooperative Extension Service
USDA Forest Service

Southern Region and Southern Research Station
Southern Group of State Foresters
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Index
Introduction Field Trip: Issues at the Interface Exhibitors
Conference Structure Call for Abstracts Area Information and Related Sites
Who Should Attend? Registration Information Conference Committees
Agenda     / Posters Meeting Site For Further Information
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Introduction

The Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), the area where urban lands meet and interact with rural lands, presents many challenges and concerns for natural resource managers as well as its residents. Sustaining forests in this rapidly changing landscape is one of the main and most complex challenges, involving an array of issues ranging from managing growth to managing forest health. Natural resource managers are directly involved with land management, but with additional knowledge, skills, and tools they can also be active players and leaders in policy-making, land-use planning, and developing partnerships with the varied stakeholders in order to more effectively sustain our forests.

The purpose of this conference is to provide current information and tools to enhance natural resource management, planning, and policy-making at the wildland-urban interface. Invited speakers will deliver overviews of major issues in four main areas related to the wildland-urban interface: Planning and Managing Growth, Human Dimensions, Conserving and Managing Forests for Ecological Services and Benefits, and Conserving and Managing Forests under Different Ownerships. Results of an on-going USDA Forest Service assessment (Human Influences on Forest Ecosystems: Assessing the Southern Wildland Urban Interface) will also be presented. Contributed oral and poster presentations will give new research results and illustrate examples of successful programs, approaches, and case studies. In addition, the conference will provide an opportunity for natural resource professionals and planners to share their concerns and knowledge about WUI issues and to formulate research and education needs.

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Conference Structure

A field trip on the first day will introduce participants to WUI issues in Florida. In general sessions, invited speakers will provide an introduction to the wildland-urban interface and summarize the results of the The Southern Wildland-Urban Interface Assessment. Concurrent sessions on WUI topics will include an overview and synthesis by an invited speaker and more specific information by contributed presentations and posters. The concurrent sessions will provide ample time for discussion among the participants and their recommendations for future research, education, and technology transfer will be summarized and presented during the final general session.

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Who Should Attend?

The conference is designed to bring together natural resource professionals and planners who are interested in enhancing natural resource management, planning and policy-making for the wildland-urban interface.  Participants will include:
  • State and federal forestry and natural resource agency personnel including researchers
  • University scientists and extension specialists and agents
  • Urban foresters, arborists, and horticulturists employed by municipalities, counties, or the private sector
  • Industry and consulting foresters
  • State, regional, county and city planners and policymakers who deal with natural resources planning or environmental management
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Agenda

Sunday, November 4, 2001
6:00pm-8:00pm Registration Desk Open
6:00pm-8:00pm Poster Presenters to Set-up Displays; Conference Center Lobby

Monday, November 5, 2001
7:00am-9:00am Registration Desk Open
9:00am-5:00pm Field Trip:  Issues at the Interface
Organizers: Mary L. Duryea and Susan W. Vince
Guides: Ramesh P. Buch, Alachua County Forever Land Conservation Program, Gainesville, FL; Duane Durgee, Florida Division of Forestry, Gainesville, FL; Jim Meeker, Florida Division of Forestry, Gainesville, FL; James Weimer, Florida Department of Environment Protection, Micanopy, FL
9:00am-5:00pm Poster set-up; Conference Center Lobby
3:00pm-6:00pm Registration Desk Open
5:30pm-7:30pm Welcome Reception and Poster Session; Conference Center Lobby

Tuesday, November 6, 2001
7:30am-5:30pm Registration Desk Open
Plenary Session: The Wildland-Urban Interface: Sustaining Forests in a Changing Landscape
Century Ballroom - Salon A
Session Moderator: Mary L. Duryea, University of Florida
8:30am-9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks - Michael V. Martin, Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Florida; Peter Roussopolous, Station Director, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station; L.Earl Peterson, Director, Florida Division of Forestry
9:00am-9:30am Introduction to the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) - Mary L. Duryea and Susan W. Vince, University of Florida 
9:30am-10:15am Keynote: The Challenge of Maintaining Working Forests at the WUI - John C. Gordon, Pinchot Professor of Forestry Emeritus, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; R. Neil Sampson, The Sampson Group; Joyce K. Berry, Colorado State University 
10:15am-10:45am Refreshment Break
Plenary Session: USDA Forest Service Southern Wildland-Urban Interface Assessment
Century Ballroom - Salon A
Session Moderator: Edward Macie, USDA Forest Service, Southern Region, Atlanta, GA
10:45am-11:00am Introduction - Edward Macie and L. Annie Hermansen, USDA Forest Service, Atlanta and Athens, GA 
11:00am-12:00pm Panel Presentations and Discussion: 

Population and Demographic Trends in the South - H. Ken Cordell and Edward Macie, USDA Forest Service, Athens and Atlanta, GA

Economic and Tax Issues in the Wildland-Urban Interface - Steverson O. Moffat and John L. Greene, USDA Forest Service Law and Economics Research Unit, New Orleans, LA

Land Use Planning and Policy Issues at the Wildland-Urban Interface - James E. Kundell, Margaret Myszewski, and Terry DeMeo, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch - Albert's Restaurant
1:30pm-2:40pm Panel Presentations and Discussion:

Urban Influences on Forest Ecosystems - Wayne C. Zipperer, USDA Forest Service, Syracuse, NY

Challenges to Forest Resource Management and Conservation at the Interface - Mary L. Duryea, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; L. Annie Hermansen, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Athens, GA

Social Consequences of Change in the Wildland-Urban Interface Forest - R. Bruce Hull, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; Susan I. Stewart, North Central Research Station, USDA FS R&D, Evanston, IL 

Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface - Martha C. Monroe, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2:40pm-3:00pm The Wildland-Urban Interface: Summary Observations and Research and Information Needs - Edward Macie and L. Annie Hermansen, USDA Forest Service, Atlanta and Athens, GA
3:00pm-3:30pm Refreshment Break
Concurrent Session I: Conserving and Managing Forests for Ecological Services and Benefits
Century Ballroom - Salon A
Session Moderator: Wayne C. Zipperer, USDA Forest Service, Syracuse, NY 
3:30pm-4:00pm An Ecosystem Based Management Approach to Land-Use Decisions in the Urban-Wildland Intermix - Wayne C. Zipperer, USDA Forest Service, Syracuse, NY
4:00pm-4:30pm Managing Hydrological Impacts - Larry Korhnak and Susan Vince, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
4:30pm-4:50pm Managing Forests in Urbanizing Landscapes - Richard V. Pouyat and Wayne C. Zipperer, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, Syracuse, NY
4:50pm-5:10pm The Evaluation of Urban Stream Corridor Reforestation Efforts - Judith A. Okayand J.M. Foreman, Virginia Department of Forestry, Fairfax, VA
5:10pm-5:30pm Analysis of Two Reforestation Methods: Direct Seeding vs. Planting Tubelings - Joy D. Klein, Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management; Elizabeth Mayo, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Concurrent Session II: Planning and Managing Growth - Policies and Economics
Century Ballroom - Salon B
Session Moderator: Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
3:30pm-4:00pm Policies Influencing Forest Conservation at the Wildland-Urban Interface - Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
4:00pm-4:30pm Economic Values at the Interface: Forestry as a Peri-Urban Land Use - David W. Marcouiller, University of British Columbia and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
4:30pm-4:50pm Influences on Public Support for Stringent Local Timber-Harvesting Permits: Lessons from St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana - Margaret A. Reams, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; James E. Granskog, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, New Orleans, LA
4:50pm-5:10pm Value of Oak Woodland Open Space on Private Property Values - Richard B. Standiford, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Thomas Scott, University of California, Riverside, CA
6:00pm Dinner on your own

Wednesday, November 7, 2001
7:30am-5:30pm Registration Desk Open
Concurrent Session I: Tools to Reach, Educate and Involve People
Century Ballroom - Salon A
Session Moderator:Martha Monroe, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
8:00am-8:30am Tools to Reach, Educate and Involve People: Overview - Martha Monroe, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
8:30am-8:50am Using Local Groups to Inventory Forested Riparian Areas - Sally L. Butler, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bangor, ME
8:50am-9:10am Georgia's Wildland/Urban Interface Pilot Project - Camden County  - Robert F. Campbell, Georgia Forestry Commission, Woodbine, GA
9:10am-9:40am "The Missing Fires": A Video Designed to Promote Understanding of Prescribed Fire Use - Darren McAvoy, Utah State University Extension's Forest Landowner Education Program, Logan, UT
9:40am-10:00am Effective Fire Education in Florida: The Fire in Florida's Ecosystems Program - Christine Denny and Susan Marynowski, Pandion Systems, Inc., Gainesville, FL
Concurrent Session II: Conserving and Managing Forests for Ecological Services and Benefits
Century Ballroom - Salon B
Session Moderator: Charles Nilon, Fisheries and Wildlife Department, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
8:00am-8:30am Managing for Wildlife at the Wildland-Urban Interface - Charles Nilon, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
8:30am-8:50am Managing Coyotes in Urban/Suburban Areas - Tommy S. Parker, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; Michael L. Kennedy, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
8:50am-9:10am Land Use, Scale, and Bird Distributions in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area - Mark Hostetler, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Kim Knowles-Yanez, California State University, San Marcos, CA
9:10am-9:40am The Spread of Invasive Plants in the Wildland-Urban Interface - Sarah H. Reichard, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
9:40am-10:00am Trying to Reach Consensus on Which Non-native Plants Are Invasive in Natural Areas - Alison M. Fox, Doria R. Gordon, and Randall K. Stocker, University of Florida, Gainesville, F
10:00am-10:30am Refreshment Break
Concurrent Session I: Tools to Reach, Educate and Involve People, continued
Century Ballroom - Salon A
Session Moderator: Martha Monroe, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
10:30am-11:00am Empowering the Public to Face Wildland Fire - Martha C. Monroe and Alison W. Bowers, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
11:00am-11:20am Community-based Conservation Planning for the Endangered Houston Toad in Bastrop County, TX - Stacey Allison, Markus J. Peterson, Tarla Rai Peterson, and Neal Wilkins, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
11:20am-11:40am Wildlife Road Kills at the Interface: a Project to Reach Middle-School Students - Jeffrey L. Kirwan, John R. Seiler, Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources, Blacksburg, VA and Laura Zyglocke, Midlothian Middle School, Midlothian, VA
11:40am-12:00pm A Community-Level Process for Adoption of Forest Restoration and Fire Mitigation Programs - David R. Betters and Christy L. Higgason, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Concurrent Session II: Conserving and Managing Forests for Ecological Services and Benefits - Forest Health
Century Ballroom - Salon B
Session Moderator: George Blakeslee, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
10:30am-11:00am Managing for Forest Health in the Wildland-Urban Interface - George Blakeslee, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
11:00am-11:20am Forest Health in Florida's Sprawling Wildland-Urban Interface - Edward L. Barnard, James R. Meeker, and Andrea N. Van Loan, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Forestry, Forest Health Section, Gainesville, FL
11:20am-11:40am GIS in the Interface: Using Spatial Analysis to Assess Risk and Accomplishment in an Oak Wilt Management Program - Thomas Eiber and Dave Schuller, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, MN
11:40am-12:00pm Minimizing the Impacts of Sudden Oak Death in Coastal California  - Doug McCreary and Richard Standiford, University of California, Berkeley, CA
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch - Albert's Restaurant
Concurrent Session I: Conserving and Managing Forests under Different Ownerships - Industrial and Public
Century Ballroom - Salon A
Session Moderator: John F. Dwyer, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, Evanston IL
1:30pm-2:00pm The Challenges of Managing Public Lands on the Urban Wildland Interface - John F. Dwyer, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, Evanston IL and Deborah J. Chavez, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Riverside, CA
2:00pm-2:20pm Managing Wilderness in an Urban County - Craig N. Huegel, Pinellas County Department of Environmental Management, Tarpon Springs, FL
2:20pm-2:50pm Managing Industrial Forestlands at the Interface - Kenneth Munson and Sharon Haines, International Paper Company, Savannah, GA
2:50pm-3:10pm Conservation Easements to Sustain Working Forests at the Interface - Elizabeth S. Crane, USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry, Atlanta, GA; Tony Doster, International Paper Company, Bolivia, NC; Mark Megalos, North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
Concurrent Session II: Planning and Managing Growth
Century Ballroom - Salon B
Session Moderator: Douglas R. Porter, The Growth Management Institute, Chevy Chase, MD
1:30pm-2:00pm Land Use Planning and Zoning at the Wildland-Urban Interface - Margaret Myszewskiand James E. Kundell, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
2:00pm-2:20pm Optimizing Forestland Allocation in East St. Louis and Urbanizing St. Clair County, Illinois - Andrew D. Carver, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois and Anthony Caselton, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Chesapeake, Virginia 
2:20pm-2:50pm Developing Land While Retaining Environmental Values: A Modern Search for the Grail - Douglas R. Porter, The Growth Management Institute, Chevy Chase, MD; Lindell L. Marsh, Siemon, Larsen & Marsh, Irvine, CA
2:50pm-3:10pm Lead Discussion With Property Rights to Minimize Land Use Conflict - Jefferson G. Edgens and Lorraine E. Garkovich, University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
3:10pm-3:30pm Refreshment Break
Concurrent Session I: Conserving and Managing Forests for Ecological Services and Benefits - Fire
Century Ballroom - Salon A
Session Moderator: Alan J. Long, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
3:30pm-4:00pm Managing for Fire in the Interface: Challenges and Opportunities - Alan J. Long, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Dale Wade, U.S. Forest Service, Athens, GA; Frank C. Beall, University of California Forest Products Lab, Richmond, CA
4:00pm-4:20pm Florida Firewise Communities Program - James B. Harrell, Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator, Florida Division of Forestry, Tallahassee, FL
4:20pm-4:40pm Wildland Arson: A Time-Series Perspective - Jeffrey Prestemon and David T. Butry, Disturbance Economics Research Team, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, RTP, NC
4:40pm-5:00pm A Tool to Facilitate Prescribed Burning at the Wildland-Urban Interface - Charles A. Gresham, Belle Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Georgetown, SC
5:00pm-5:20pm Homeowner Acceptance Of Fuel Treatments At The Wildland-Urban Interface - Christine Vogt, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI; Greg Winter, Paul Schissler and Associates, Bellingham, WA; Jeremy S. Fried, USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station, Portland, OR
5:20pm-5:40pm Fire Management in the Wildland Urban Interface of Florida's Chaparral - Mary R. Huffman and Rick Anderson, The Nature Conservancy, Babson Park, FL; Mark Hebb, Florida Division of Forestry, Lakeland, FL
Concurrent Session II: Planning and Managing Growth, continued
Century Ballroom - Salon B
Session Moderator: Taylor V. Stein, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
3:30pm-4:00pm Planning and Managing for Recreation in the Wildland-Urban Interface - Taylor V. Stein, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL and Christine B. Denny, Pandion Systems, Inc., Gainesville, FL
4:00pm-4:20pm Seasonal Homes, Amenity Migration, and Attitudes Toward Growth in the Interface: A Case Study of Walworth County, WI - Susan I. Stewart, North Central Research Station, USDA FS R&D, Evanston IL; Kenneth M. Johnson, Dept. of Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago IL; Gareth Betts, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Elkhorn, WI
4:20pm-4:40pm Managing Growth Through the Georgia Community Greenspace Program - Laurie FowlerandRaysun Goergen, University of Georgia Institute of Ecology, Athens, GA
4:40pm-5:00pm Sustainable Partnerships for WUI Conservation: New Solutions and Resources for WUI Management in Florida's Most Densely Populated County - Jacob F. Stowers and William Davis, Environmental Management, Pinellas County, FL
5:00pm-5:20pm Gaining Ground: Natural Resource Professionals Exploring Land Use Solutions in Indiana - Ronald A. Rathfon and William L. Hoover, Purdue University, Department of Forestry & Natural Resources; Joe Tutterrow, Indiana Land Resources Council
5:20pm-5:40pm The Importance of Leader's and Resident's Attitudes Towards Open Space Conservation in Developing a Pennsylvania Watershed  - Bill Elmendorf, Penn State School of Forest Resources, University Park, PA
6:00pm Posters Dismantled
6:30pm-10:00pm Cookout at the Interface; Austin Cary Forest
- Buses leave the UF Hotel at 6:30 p.m. and return by 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 8, 2001
7:30am-12:00pm Registration Desk Open
Concurrent Session I: Conserving and Managing Forests under Different Ownerships - Non-Industrial Private Forestlands
Century Ballroom - Salon A
Session Moderator: William Hubbard, Cooperative Extension Service Southern Region, Athens, GA
8:00am-8:30am Managing Private Nonindustrial Forestlands at the Interface - William Hubbard, Cooperative Extension Service Southern Region, Athens, GA
8:30am-8:50am Parcelization of Non-industrial Private Forestland in Oneida County, New York - Kevin P. Brazilland René Germain, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
8:50am-9:10am Resource Manager Certification: Facilitating Enhanced Management of Non-Industrial Private Forests - Susan E. Moore, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Mary Chapman, The Forest Stewards Guild, Santa Fe, NM
9:10am-9:30am Sustaining Natural Resources on Private Lands in the Central Hardwood Region - William B. Kurtz, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO; J. Mark Fly, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN; Robert K. Swihart, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Concurrent Session II: Planning and Managing Growth - Landscape Assessment
Century Ballroom - Salon B
Session Moderator: Elizabeth Kramer, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
8:00am-8:30am Landscape Assessment for Sustaining Forests - Elizabeth Kramer, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 
8:30am-8:50am Development of Biological Assessment Criteria for Florida Depressional Wetlands - Chuck Lane and Mark Brown, Center for Wetlands, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
8:50am-9:10am Extrapolating National Forest Field Plot Inventories onto Private Lands Using Remotely Sensed Data - John G. Bartlett, USDA Forest Service - Southern Global Change Program, Raleigh, North Carolina
9:10am-9:30am The Relationships between Ownership Fragmentation and Landscape Fragmentation in Bastrop County, Texas - Jason Engle and Neal Wilkins, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
9:30am-9:50am Land Ownership Fragmentation within the New York City Watershed - Seth LaPierre, René Germain, and Christopher Nowak, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
10:00am-10:30am Refreshment Break
Plenary Session: The Wildland-Urban Interface - Conclusions
Century Ballroom - Salon A
Session Moderator: Susan W. Vince, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
10:30am-11:30am Reports from Concurrent Sessions - Concurrent session moderators
11:30am-12:00pm Conference Wrap-up - Wayne H. Smith, Director, School of Natural Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
12:00pm Conference Adjourns

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Poster Directory

Full-year and Seasonal Residents Living in the Interface: Considerations for Fuel Treatment Programs - Stan Cindrityand Christine A. Vogt, Dept. of Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 

Does Construction Fill Affect Existing Trees During Land Development?: A Study Using White Oak and Sweetgum - Susan D. Day, John R. Seiler, Richard E. Kreh and David Wm. Smith, Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 

Effective Fire Education in Florida:  The Fire in Florida's Ecosystems Program - Christine Dennyand Susan Marynowski, Pandion Systems, Inc., Gainesville, FL 

Forest Fuels Evaluation and Mitigation in Camden County, Georgia to Insure a Safe Wildland-Urban Interface - M. Boyd Edwards, Southern Research Station, Athens, GA and Terry S. Price, Georgia Forestry Commission, Macon, GA 

Wetland Restoration on State Forests - Bud R. Goldsby, Jeff Vowell and Earl Peterson, Division for Forestry, Tallahassee, FL; Charles H. Bronson, Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Tallahassee, FL 

Local Government Planning for Wildfire Hazard Mitigation - Kathleen Walston Paganand Melissa Norman, Alachua County Growth Management Department, Gainesville, FL

The Effect of Habitat Management on Gopher Tortoise Populations in Southeast Georgia: Native Soil Fertility, Forage Nutrient Values of Wiregrass and Vegetation Composition - Virginia K. Perdue¹,²and David C. Rostal¹; ¹Dept. of Biology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga, 30460 USA. ²UGA Cooperative Extension Service, Long County, Ludowici, Ga, 31316 USA

Equipment and Methods to Plant Pines and  to Reduce Fuel Loads on Small Land Tracts - Paul Still, Florida Recycling and Composting Consulting Services, Inc.,
Starke, FL 

Coupling Urban and Rural Forest Stewardship for Water Quality Enhancement in a Rapidly Urbanizing Watershed - Jan R. Thompson, Iowa State University, Ames, IA and Carole Teator, Trees Forever, Marion, IA 

The Florida Black Bear Festival: Using Partnerships  to Address the Educational and Economic Needs  of a Forest Community - Carolyn Sekerak, Jim Thorsenand Katherine Bronson, USDA Forest Service, Ocala National Forest, Umatilla, FL 

Burning around the Edges: Challenges to Restoring Fire  to Wildland-urban Interface Pine Forests in the Southeast - J. Morgan Varner, III, Univ. of Florida College of Natural Resources & Environment, Gainesville, FL; John S. Kush, Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn, AL; J. Kevin Hiers, Eglin Air Force Base Jackson Guard, Niceville, FL 

Relative Flammability of WUI Vegetation - Robert H. White,USDA, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI; David R. Weise, USDA, Forest Service, Forest Fire Laboratory, Riverside, CA; Kurt Mackes, Department of Forest Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

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Field Trip: Issues at the Interface

This one-day field trip in and around Gainesville will introduce participants to some of the region’s most pressing wildland-urban interface issues, including fire, invasive plants and animals, wildland conservation and management, and recreation.  Representatives of local and state agencies will guide the trip, and at various stops they will illustrate the challenges, constraints, and opportunities in implementing solutions.  Stops will include Payne’s Prairie State Preserve and a Gainesville subdivision hit hard by pine bark beetle infestation. Additionally, participants will view interface forests burned by wildfires in 1998 and learn of new approaches to fire risk management being implemented by Florida’s Division of Forestry.

The field trip will take place on Monday November 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The fee for the trip includes bus transportation, refreshments, and box lunch.

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Call for Abstracts

The sponsors and organizers of the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. We encourage natural resource professionals and planners to present new research results and examples of successful approaches and case studies from the interface. Presentations focusing on innovative ideas and programs for sustaining forests at the interface are especially welcome.

Oral sessions will be organized by the topics listed above and individual talks will be limited to 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Posters also provide a valuable opportunity for scientific interaction. They will be displayed throughout the conference and an evening reception will highlight the posters and exhibits.  Posters will be limited to a space of 4’ high x 8’ wide. CLICK HERE for detailed Poster Specifications - which may be printed to your printer for future reference. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the PDF file.)

If you wish to make an oral or poster presentation, please submit an abstract no later than August 1, 2001. Abstracts MUST be submitted electronically via this web site. CLICK HERE for abstract instructions and submission.

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Registration Information

The registration fee includes a conference packet, an abstract booklet, one copy of the USDA Forest Service Southern WUI Assessment, a reception, a cookout, refreshment breaks and two lunches. The field trip has an additional fee ($50 including lunch and bus transportation) as noted on the registration form. Payment must accompany the registration form to qualify for the reduced registration fee.

Participant Registration
Early Registration (On or before September 24, 2001) $295
Regular Registration (After September 24, 2001) $350

Student Registration
(Student ID must be presented at conference) $185

Field Trip Registration
  $ 50

Exhibitor Registration
Includes one registration fee and 6’ table with two chairs.
Space is limited, so it is first come, first served.
$500

NOTE: Payment must accompany your registration and be postmarked by the deadline to qualify for the early registration fee.

To register, you can click here to register with a credit card online.
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OR, click here to load a form that can be printed to your printer, then return the form with payment to the Office of Conferences and Institutes. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the PDF form file.)

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if the Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI) receives a written notification of cancellation on or before October 1, 2001. A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from all registration refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after October 1, 2001.

In compliance with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI) at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-4044, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

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Meeting Site

The conference will be held at The University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center (1714 Southwest 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32607). Facilities include a complete business service center and all hotel rooms have a large desk with lamp for working after-hours, WebTV, ethernet ports, dual-line telephones and analog ports for modem access. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special per night rate of $99 single or double occupancy (plus 9% tax—Federal and State employees will be exempt with proper documentation presented at check-in). Rooms may not be available after October 1, 2001. The group rate will be honored 3 days following the conference, but not before, and the hotel requires a 2-night minimum stay. Call the hotel directly at (352) 371-3600 to make a reservation and identify yourself as a participant of the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference.

Air service is provided through the Gainesville Regional Airport, just north of Gainesville, and The University of Florida Hotel provides daytime shuttle service.  Additional airports within a 2 - 3 hour drive of the University of Florida are located in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa.  A map and hotel information will be mailed to you with your registration confirmation.

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Exhibitors

This conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your company or agency’s services and products to a large audience of natural resource professionals and planners. A securable exhibit area will be open throughout the conference and an evening reception will highlight the exhibits and posters. For more information, contact Mary Duryea or Susan Vince, the conference organizers. To secure a space, each exhibitor must fill out a registration form and check the exhibitor fee (includes one registration and a 6’ table with two chairs).

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Area Information & Related Sites


Alachua County Visitors
and Convention Bureau


Gainesville Transportation
Information


Gainesville Weather
Information

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Conference Committees

Steering Committee (Southern Wildland-Urban Interface Council)
Bill Carothers, USDA Forest Service, Asheville, NC
Sharon Dolliver, Georgia Forestry Commission, Macon, GA
Mary Duryea, School of Forest Resources & Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
John Giedraites, Texas Forest Service, College Station, TX
James Harrell, Florida Division of Forestry, Tallahassee, FL
Annie Hermansen, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Athens, GA
Bill Hubbard, CES Southern Region, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Bruce Hull, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Marsha Kearney, USDA Forest Service, Tallahassee, FL
Ed Macie, USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Atlanta, GA
Pat McDowell, State of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma City, OK
Martha Monroe, School of Forest Resources & Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Bettina Ring, Virginia Department of Forestry, Charlottesville, VA
Jill Schwartz, American Farmland Trust, Washington, DC
Phillip Schwolert, Colorado State Forest Service, Fort Collins, CO
Pete Smith, Texas Forest Service, College Station, TX
Sue Stewart, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, Evanston, IL
Bill Sweet, USDA Forest Service, Southern Region, Birmingham, AL
Dave Wear, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Research Triangle Park, NC
Wayne Zipperer, USDA Forest Service, Northeast Forest Experiment Station, Syracuse, NY
Field Trip Committee
Ramesh P. Buch, Alachua County Forever Land Conservation Program, Gainesville, FL
Duane Durgee, Florida Division of Forestry, Gainesville, FL
Jim Meeker, Florida Division of Forestry, Gainesville, FL
James Weimer, Florida Department of Environment Protection, Micanopy, FL
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Conference Information:

Dr. Mary Duryea -- Conference Organizer
Dr. Susan Vince -- Conference Organizer
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
University of Florida
PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
Phone: (352) 846-0896, 846-0886  /  Fax: (352) 846-1277
Email: mlduryea@ufl.edu ; svince@ufl.edu

Registration Information:

Ms. Dianne Powers -- Conference Coordinator
Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI)
University of Florida Leadership and Education Foundation, Inc. (UFLEF)
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
PO Box 110750
Building 639, Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Phone: 352-392-5930  /  Fax: 352-392-4044
Email: dwpowers@mail.ifas.ufl.edu

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