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What is the Northwest Fire Science Consortium?

The Northwest Fire Science Consortium is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional network consisting of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and private landowners within Washington and Oregon. The Consortium seeks to provide:

  • A delivery system for the effective dissemination and adoption of fire science information, knowledge, tools, and expertise.
  • A framework within which a variety of existing organizations and outreach programs focused on fire science delivery can coordinate more effectively.
  • A venue to increase researcher understanding of the fire science needs of practitioners.


Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is composed of at least one representative from each lead institution and includes individuals from multiple land management agencies, universities, and Extension Programs. The Committee discusses and advises on the implementation of deliverables, contributes to the work proposed by NWFSC, and supports needs assessment and program evaluation efforts. 



Northwest Fire Science Consortium Coordinator

Fire Program Manager, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.


Assistant Research Professor and Associate Director, Ecosystem Workforce Program (EWP)


Regional Ecologist, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region 6, Portland OR.

NWFSC University of Oregon PI

Director, Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon, Eugene OR.


Associate Dean for Science Outreach, Oregon State University College of Forestry, and Program Leader for Forestry & Natural Resources Extension

NWFSC Washington State Extension PI

Professor, Regional Extension Specialist and Forestry Team Leader, Washington State University Extension Forestry Program


Extension Forester, Washington State University Extension Forestry Program


Associate Professor of Science and Environmental Communication, University of Oregon


Research Biologist  
Fire and Environmental Research Applications (FERA), US Forest Service

NWFSC PI for the Pacific Northwest Research Station

Science Delivery Specialist, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station



Partner Sensing Group (FY 24-25)

The NWFSC Partner Sensing Group:

  • Reviews accomplishments, outcomes, lessons learned, and workplans;
  • Helps design and engage end users in needs assessments, particularly for diverse representation and inclusion of underrepresented groups; 
  • Networks and shares NWFSC activities and outputs within their organizations and partnerships.



Jamie Bash - Oregon Health Authority

Nathan Beckman - Oregon Department of Forestry

Elizabeth Dent - US Forest Service PNW Research Station

James Dickinson Bureau of Land Management, Oregon/Washington State Office

Cristina Eisenberg - OSU Forestry Tribal Initiatives

Jessica Halofsy - USDA Northwest Climate Hub & Western Wildland Environmental Threats Assessment Center

Ryan HaugoThe Nature Conservancy

Sean Hopkins - Washington Department of Ecology

Cassie Roeder - US Fish and Wildlife Service

Dana Skelly - USFS Region 6, Portland Oregon and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project

Kate Williams - Washington Department of Natural Resources

Monique Wynecoop - Bureau of Indian Affairs


For information and questions about the NW Fire Science Consortium please contact Autumn Ellison, Consortium Program Coordinator at

Wildland Fire Science Needs in WA and OR


2019 Fire Science Needs Assessment

Annual Report FY23

Front page Annual Report 2023

Read the Report (PDF)

Last year's report: (FY22 Report)

Operating Guidelines and Governance Charter

A new charter for the FY 24-25 proposal period is in process