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Media Advisory: DRI hosts Nevada Wildland Fire Research and Outreach Conference Symposium is part of inaugural Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May. 22, 2006

WHO:Interested media, the general public who register

WHAT: Invited to attend the Nevada Wildland Fire Research and Outreach Conference at the Desert Research Institute

WHEN: Thursday, May 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: Desert Research Institute, 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, Nev. 89512

VISUALS: For the first time ever, DRI's researchers from its Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications, or CEFA, program will utilize the CAVE (which stands for CAVE Automated Virtual Environment) to show fire applications and research models in a virtual reality format. Also, several posters will be available all day for viewing.

The Desert Research Institute will host a one-day symposium addressing the state of wildfire research in Nevada. The conference is part of the inaugural Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week, begun by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and is designed to provide a forum where scientists and land managers from UNR, the Desert Research Institute, UNR Cooperative Extension and state and federal agencies can discuss how science findings are currently being applied to land management and where land managers need science to help them make decisions. The conference will feature researchers giving talks and presenting posters on how their research can be or already is applied to land management. It will also feature a forum where land managers and scientists can discuss future needs and knowledge gaps for Nevada wildfire research.

Interested media should contact Heather Emmons, Public Information Officer, to participate and to see the CAVE demonstration. Interested members of the public must contact Crystal Kolden to register to attend.