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The NFF will be hosting the Hayman Fire Science Symposium: Lessons Learned after Ten Years of Recovery, Rehabilitation, & Restoration at the downtown Denver R.E.I. store community room and at the Hayman Fire area on the Pike National Forest.

NFF to host Hayman Fire Science Symposium on June 21 and 22, 2012

Symposium to highlight research and lessons learned

For 20 days, the Hayman Fire raged through the Pike National Forest, as well as state, county and private lands, burning a total of 137,760 acres.

Since the Hayman Fire of 2002, and the Hayman Fire Case Study published in 2003, a significant amount of scientific research and learning has occurred at the site of this well-known fire. The 10th anniversary of the Hayman Fire in June 2012, in conjunction with the National Forest Foundation’s Treasured Landscapes campaign, provides a timely opportunity to convene research scientists with land managers, planners, conservation organizations and interested community members. This is a special opportunity to highlight research and learning that can benefit future decisions about wildfire mitigation and restoration. 

Topics during the Symposium will include:
•    Hayman wildfire behavior;
•    Watershed impacts: burn severity, erosion, water quality, and emergency rehabilitation treatments;
•    Ecological responses: plant communities, exotic plant species, and wildlife;
•    Ongoing restoration activities: riparian corridor restoration, reforestation, and community engagement;

•    Lessons learned about living with wildfire.


Supporting sponsors and partners of the Symposium include: National Forest Foundation, Joint Fire Science Program, Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Coalition for the Upper South Platte, and Pike National Forest, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute.

Major sponsors of the Treasured Landscapes campaign to restore the Hayman burn area include: Vail Resorts, Aurora Water, and the Gates Family Foundation.

Registration is limited based on a first come, first serve basis. Participants may register for one or both days but spaces for the field tour will be prioritized for those who attend the first day of indoor presentations.

Click here to register.

For more information, contact Kim Langmaid, Director, Colorado Programs at

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