Dog days of summer: more speakers and early summer rates

Last month’s call for papers ended with a bang! Over 100 oral and poster proposals were submitted, giving the program committee lots of options for preparing top-quality sessions. We offer special thanks to everyone who sent one in. The WFC2016 program committee is busily sorting through the offerings will be in touch with applicants in the next few weeks as we finalize the program.

Don Gayton (left) is an ecologist and author who has spent many years studying and thinking about land management and fire issues in interior BC and across western North America. He has been a range ecologist, extension officer, and consultant, and has also written several books on conservation and ecology topics. We are excited to have Don featured as the WFC2016 banquet presenter!In the meantime, it’s time to announce more keynote speakers!



Dr. Carol Miller is a Research Ecologist with the Aldo Leopold Research Institute in Missoula, Montana, USA. Her research has focused on the landscape ecology and geography of fire, including landscape fire modeling, fire risk patterns, fire suppression impacts, and climate change implications for fire regimes and land management.

Gary Morgan, AFSM (Australian Fire Service Medal) has had an extensive career as a land manager in Victoria, Australia, with several senior management and executive positions in wildland fire. He served as Chief Fire Officer for Victoria for nine years before becoming the CEO of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre, a position he held from 2007 until his retirement in 2014. He is now an independent international fire consultant.


This is also the final reminder of the submission deadline for the J.G. Wright and H.W. Beall Awards. Please check the website for some additional guidance that has been added for these awards: Wright and Beall Award nominations). As mentioned in previous newsletters, the Wright Award generally recognizes excellence in wildfire research, while the Beall Award recognizes excellence in adopting and implementing new knowledge and findings into wildfire management. Nominations for these prestigious awards are accepted until July 31.

The early summer registration rate expires on July 31st! Register now for a $25-$50 discount over later rates. Link to registration.

Stay tuned for more info – our next newsletter will highlight some of the evening entertainment and feature events we are planning, including one of Canada’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters!