Wildfire impact to be topic of Sept. 4 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Diana Doan-Crider, 979-845-1851, d-crider@tamu.edu
Pete Flores, 361-362-9201, Pete.Flores@ag.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – Wildfires can have a huge impact on an area, but how is this determined? The next Texas Range Webinar conducted monthly by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit will answer that question.

“Impact of Wildfires” will be the topic of the Sept. 4 webinar, led by Dr. Diana Doan-Crider, a researcher in the department of ecosystem science and management, and Ed Rhodes, research associate with the Center for Natural Resources Information Technology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, at Temple.

“Burn severity maps are being used to categorize impacts of fire on soils and vegetation over large and rugged landscapes using remote sensing techniques,” Doan-Crider said. “These maps can be made available at a relatively low cost to help determine the best monitoring and recovery approaches.

“In this webinar, we will discuss the practicality of burn severity maps and their limitations, as well as present some preliminary results from burn severity mapping and vegetation recovery in the Davis Mountains of Texas,” she said.

The Texas Range Webinar Series hosts a webinar on the first Thursday of each month. Each webinar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi.

This webinar and others in the series are free and can be accessed at http://naturalresourcewebinars.tamu.edu. For more information on the webinars, contact Flores at Pete.Flores@ag.tamu.edu .

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