Forest Fire News Advisory

The Fire, Forest Health and Biodiversity Symposium sponsored by the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry will feature three Colorado State University professors. The symposium will be held June 5-6 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver, Colo.

The focus of the symposium is to evaluate the state of current knowledge – and to identify gaps in understanding – of the relationship between biodiversity and:

  • Fire suppression and exclusion
  • Restoration treatment such as thinning and prescribed fire;
  • Post-fire remediation.

The keynote address, at 8:45 a.m. on June 5 by Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington, will provide a broad overview of these relationships, with particular attention to the impacts of fire management on biodiversity across spatial and temporal scales. Other speakers will address the relationships between fire, forest health and biodiversity from diverse perspectives, with emphasis on inter-regional comparisons. Panels will discuss such topics as fire as an ecological process, inter-regional variation in fire regimes and fire history and perspectives on fire management.

Phil Omi and Dan Binkley, professors of forest sciences at Colorado State will be discussing fire as an ecological process. Bill Romme, professor of forest sciences at Colorado State will be discussing fire regimes and fire history in the Northern Rockies.

Reporters are welcome to cover the symposium and should contact Jennifer Dimas at (970) 491-1543 for more information. A complete schedule is available online at or by calling (970) 491-1543.