Welcome to the 2014 Design & Wildland Fire course. This is a field course in which we’ll learn about fire history, policy and resource management by exploring a specific region, the high desert of central Oregon. We’ll look at the ecological, economic and social consequences of past and current fire policy. And we’ll work with local and regional interest groups to explore design strategies – from management to product design/markets – for better outcomes. You’ll learn several sampling and analysis techniques, examine several fire treatment methods, and work with local and regional interest groups to explore design strategies – from management to product design/markets – for better outcomes.
We’ll use Monkey Face Ranch, near Smith Rock State Park, as our base of operation. There are full amenities here: living room, kitchen, beds, bathrooms, etc. We’ll be walking a good deal each day, but nothing too strenuous, with the exception of one trek to the top of Black Butte (snow allowing). Most important items to bring: comfortable trail/running shoes, sunscreen, hat.
We’ll meet at the Collaborative Design studio, noon on Tuesday 3 June, and be back by 6 PM Sunday 8 June. See you soon. Check out the syllabus page.