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Educational sessions and featured presentations at Backyards & Beyond Conference are announced

Blog Post created by Lauren Backstrom Employee on Jul 16, 2013

NFPA will host its 5th Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel in Utah from November 14 - 16. 

With more than 60 breakout sessions in five educational tracks, the Backyards & Beyond conference offers a unique opportunity for participants to share knowledge, build relationships, explore key issues and learn about important wildfire mitigation tools, community evacuation issues, wildfire planning and suppression, and current social and ecological research affecting those living in wildfire prone areas. 

Video: Dave Nuss, Manager of NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division, offers a sneak-peak at the special presentations, speakers and sessions available at this year's Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference.

The general session at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, November 14 will highlight Faith Ann Heinsch, Ph.D., a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, who will deliver the keynote address entitled, “Climate Change, Climate Variability, and Ecosystem Response in the Western U.S.”

Featured presentations include: 

  1. How progress towards real preparedness is being made in communities committed to inclusive emergency planning with the participation of people with special needs
  2. The role of The Great Fires of 1910 in spurring national debate about fire policy and the country’s wildfire suppression strategies
  3. A panel discussion regarding the insurance industry and how major wildfire events impact insurers and policy holders, including the role of insurance in loss recovery
  4. The role that fire behavior science plays in framing successful wildfire solutions for policy makers, politicians and residents

A pre-conference workshop, Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone, will be offered November 12 – 13 with instructors, Jack Cohen, Physical Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service, and Pat Durland, president and wildland fire consultant, Stone Creek Fire.

Registration for both the pre-conference workshop and the conference is available online, by phone or mail. Visit NFPA’s registration page for more details. Additional information about the sessions and educational tracks, speakers and schedules can be found on NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond conference webpage.