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1988 Fires Subject of Ninth Biennial Scientific Conference

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Date: September 15, 2008
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2008     08-078    
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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1988 Fires Subject Of Yellowstone’s
Ninth Biennial Scientific Conference

An international "Who’s Who" of wildland fire management and science is set to gather in Jackson, Wyoming, later this month to take a look back at the 1988 fires in Yellowstone and the northern Rockies.

"The ’88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond" is the subject of the park’s Ninth Biennial Scientific Conference, which will be held in Jackson from September 22 to 27.

Discussions and presentations will focus on a wide range of issues including fire management and policy, fire behavior, weather, and fuels, fire ecology and history, and the social and cultural perceptions of fire on this 20th anniversary of the 1988 Yellowstone fires.

The long list of featured speakers includes Dr. Norm Christensen, Professor of Ecology and Founding Dean of the Nicholas School at Duke University, Dr. Tom Zimmerman of the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Dr. Cathy Whitlock of Montana State University, retired Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Bob Barbee; Steve Frye of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and John Varley, the Executive Director of the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University.

The conference is open to the public and registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.iawfonline.org/yellowstone/.

This event is presented by the International Association of Wildland Fire in association with the National Park Service 9th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with the support of a consortium of partners.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Reporters and editors note:  News media planning to attend the conference may obtain free day passes at the registration desk to attend conference sessions. The day passes do not cover meals. Media planning to attend the hosted banquet or lunch should pre-register.

 

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