Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Science and Management
Jan
30
Feb 1

Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Science and Management

SAVE THE DATE!

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS COMING SOON!

  • January 30th-February 1st, 2018

In concert with the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact's Annual Winter Meeting, the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange will be hosting presentations, discussions, posters and vendors focusing on the science of fire management. A true EXCHANGE designed to expose fire managers to useful scientific studies and expose scientists to the implications of their science. 


Fire & Fuels Monitoring Workshop
Jun
6
Jun 8

Fire & Fuels Monitoring Workshop

Fire & Fuels Monitoring Workshop

  • June 6-8, 2017

Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Register Here!

Fire and fuels monitoring can help ensure that management objectives are being met. This three-day, field- and classroom-based workshop will introduce participants to important tools for selecting metrics that match management objectives, developing site-specific protocols for sampling, and developing a monitoring handbook for your local ecosystem.

This workshop is based on a highly successful workshop created by the Lake States Fire Science Consortium and the Huron-Manistee National Forest (http://lakestatesfiresci.net/Fire&FuelsMonitoringWorkshop2016_Proceedings.html). We will be joined by Brian Stearns, Wildland Fire Module Leader for the Huron-Manistee National Forests and Jack McGowan-Stinski, Program Manager for the Lake States Fire Science Consortium, as well as experts from the North Atlantic region.

Agenda Outline

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Introduction to measurement techniques
Monitoring to meet management objectives
Orientation to high-quality pitch pine barrens
Baseline plots in thinned and burned scrub-oak  

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Monitoring in post-thinned, pre-burned stand
Monitoring in stand mowed and burned in 2016

Day 3 – Thursday, June 8, 2017
Monitoring in an untreated stand
Develop a monitoring handbook for your local ecosystem 

WORKING Detailed Agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – 0800-1600
0800-0815          Introductions
0815-0845          Welcome
0845-1015           Metric selection
1015-1045            Orientation walk
1045-1130            Monitoring prep for baseline plots in thinned and burned scrub-oak

1130-1200            Data
1200-1230           Lunch
(included)
1230-1300           To Site 1
1300-1500           Monitoring in thinned and burned scrub-oak
1500-1555           Data processing
1555-1600           Day recap
1530                    Dinner at Pump Station?

 Day 2 – Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 0800-1600
0800-0815           Reflections
0815-0830           Intro to today’s sites
0830-0900          Monitoring prep for post-thinned, pre-burned stand
                        
0900-0915           To morning site
0915-1115              Monitoring in post-thinned, pre-burned stand
  
1115-1200              Data processing
1200
-1230            Lunch break
1230-1300            Monitoring prep for stand mowed and burned in 2016
1300-1315             To afternoon site
1315-1515               Monitoring in stand mowed and burned in 2016
1515-1555              Data processing
1555-1600             Day recap
1730                      Dinner at Lionheart Pub?

 Day 3 – Thursday, June 8, 2017 – 0800-1600
0800-0815           Reflections
0815-0830           Intro to today’s sites
0830-0900          Monitoring prep for untreated stands
0900-0915           To morning site
0915-1145             Monitoring in untreated stand
 
1145-1200             Return to building
1200-1230            Lunch
(included)
1230-1330            Data processing
1330-1415             Unit work
1415-1430             Break
– load ppts if applicable
1430-1545            Monitoring protocol presentations
1545-1600            Final thoughts
                        

FIELD TEAM INSTRUCTORS

  • Brian Stearns - Wildland Fire Module Leader, Huron-Manistee National Forests, Huron Shores Ranger Station
  • Neil Gifford - Conservation Director, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
  • Tyler Briggs - Fire Manager, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
  • Nick Skowronski - Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
  • Tim Simmons – Conservation Ecologist
  • Caren Caljouw – Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Bill Patterson III – University of Massachusetts-Amherst, retired
  • Mike Gallagher - Lead Research Technician/Superintendent, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Silas Little Experimental Forest
  • Lindsay Rae Silvia, Fire & Fuels, Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests
  • Alex Entrup – Senior Specialist, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC
     

REGISTRATION

This workshop is open to all; however, S130/190 training is a preferred prerequisite.
The workshop is limited to 40 participants. Because space is limited, we will require that you RSVP and notify us immediately if your plans change. Please contact Amanda Mahaffey (amanda@forestguild.org) if you wish to bring five or more people from your agency or organization.

The estimated cost of the workshop, which will include a light breakfast, bag lunch, and snacks for all three days, is $80. Dinner, lodging, and travel will be on your own (but see travel assistance link below).
 
TRAVEL
Room blocks are being reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown (518-432-7000) and the Holiday Inn Express Albany Downtown (518-434-4111). To reserve space at the Hampton Inn & Suites, visit: http://group.hamptoninn.com/albanypinebush.
Travel assistance can be applied for through the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact; please visit http://www.firesciencenorthatlantic.org/new-page-2/ for more information.
 
Please visit this page for updates on this workshop. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Mahaffey, amanda@forestguild.org or (207)432-3701.

 

Webinar: Albany Pine Bush Preserve Monitoring
May
25
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar: Albany Pine Bush Preserve Monitoring

Presented by Neil Gifford, Conservation Director at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

  • May 25th 12PM to 1PM Eastern - Video of Webinar Below!

 

Presentation.pdf>

You don't want to miss our Community Representative, Neil Gifford's webinar!  Gifford will provide an overview of management objectives, treatments, and monitoring at the Pine Bush, a 3,200-acre, globally-rare ecosystem in the heart of the Capital District. Neil will focus on first and second order fire effects monitoring efforts and desired outcomes.

Field Trip: Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens
May
3
May 4

Field Trip: Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens

  • Brookhaven, NY

Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens

Long Island’s Pine Barrens evolved as an extraordinary ecosystem dependent on fire. Today, the natural processes are altered by human communities, fire suppression and safety efforts, and threats such as the southern pine beetle. Join us for an evening discussion, panel presentations, and afternoon field trip exploring the challenges and opportunities for keeping the pine in the Pine Barrens.

  • May 3-4, 2017 -Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

Register Here!

May 3rd evening event: FREE
May 4th panels and field trip: $10.00
Directions to BNL: https://www.bnl.gov/maps/

Reminders:
1. Please be aware that you MUST have a current ID with you to be admitted onto BNL grounds.
2. Space is limited on the field trip. Please contact Amanda Mahaffey (amanda@forestguild.org) immediately if you have registered for, but are unable to attend, the May 4 afternoon field trip.

AGENDA
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00-8:00PM
Fire Management in the Wildland-Urban Interface
An evening conversation featuring:
Tim Kelly, Deputy Fire Chief, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Tom Gerber, Section Warden, New Jersey Division of Forestry, Forest Fire Service
Alex Entrup, Senior Specialist, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC

Thursday May 4, 7:30AM-4:00PM
7:30 a.m.        Participants begin arriving at BNL
8:15 a.m.         Registration
8:45 a.m.        Welcome
9:00 a.m.        Panel 1: Restoring Pine in the Pine Barrens
Bill Patterson III, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Neil Gifford, Conservation Director, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

Tim Simmons, Conservation Ecologist
10:45 a.m.      Break
11:00 a.m.      Panel 2: Fuel Hazard Reduction and the Southern Pine Beetle
John Nowak, Entomologist and Southern Pine Beetle Program Manager, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
Kenneth Clark, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
12:10 p.m.       Joint Panel Discussion
12:30 p.m.      Lunch on your own in Bruckner Hall
1:15 p.m.         Depart for field trip
1:30 p.m.        Field trip – field site discussion on the impacts and benefits of fire
3:45 p.m.       Wrap-up, evaluation
4:00 p.m.      Conclusion 

Lodging:
Lodging is available.  Anyone wanting to stay at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) will need to register with BNL as a Guest.  The rooms are dorm style rooms which consists of a private room and shared bath. Go to www.bnl.gov/guv/ to register.  Participants need to specify they are coming for this meeting. The host department/division is Environmental Protection Division. Host is Kathy Schwager.
 
Alternatively, the Hampton Inn in Farmingville (LIE Exit 63) has discounted rate for BNL guests.

Additionally, the Hyatt Place in Riverhead has government rooms available:
https://longislandeastend.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Webinar: Ecology and Dynamics of Aspen in Fire-Dependent Communities across the Lake States and North Atlantic Region.
Apr
20
2:00 pm14:00

Webinar: Ecology and Dynamics of Aspen in Fire-Dependent Communities across the Lake States and North Atlantic Region.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2 PM Eastern /1 PM Central

Presented by Dr. Anthony D'Amato
Associate Professor in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources - University of Vermont
anthony.damato@uvm.edu

Connect to Webinar - No registration or passcode needed – please choose “Guest Login” and type in your First and Last name

Aspen is a ubiquitous component of many forest types across northeastern North America, including many fire-dependent ecosystems, and contributes a range of ecosystem services from habitat provisioning to fiber supplies.  This talk will discuss the wide range of sites where aspen (Populus grandidentata and P. tremuloides) currently exists and the historic role of fire and other disturbances in generating a complex of stand age and compositional conditions within aspen forests.  Much of the seminar will draw from the long history of work with aspen forests in the Lake States region; however, the development of aspen-dominated forests in New England landscapes will also be briefly discussed. 

Two-aged aspen. Photo by Tony D'Amato.

Two-aged aspen. Photo by Tony D'Amato.

Webinar- Wildland Firefighter Safety:  20 years of chasing urine, blood and muscle on the firelines of the West
Mar
15
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar- Wildland Firefighter Safety: 20 years of chasing urine, blood and muscle on the firelines of the West

Wildland Firefighter Safety: 20 years of chasing urine, blood and muscle on the firelines of the West

  • March 15th, 2017 12-1PM Eastern

Presentation.pdf>

Presented by Dr. Brent Ruby, University of Montana

Dr. Ruby will present his informative webinar on the physiological limits of wildland firefighters and how to address energy loss on the fireline.

 

 

 Webinar - Seasonality of Fire: Growing Season Burns in Oak-Pine Barrens and Jack Pine Barrens
Feb
14
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar - Seasonality of Fire: Growing Season Burns in Oak-Pine Barrens and Jack Pine Barrens

Webinar - Seasonality of Fire: Growing Season Burns in Oak-Pine Barrens and Jack Pine Barrens

  • February 14th, 2017 12PM Eastern presented by Jack McGowan-Stinski of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium

Presentation.pdf>

Prescribed fire is often implemented only during the dormant season (i.e. during a short portion of the entire seasonal burnwindow). The effects of growing season burns differ significantly from dormant season burns. Join us for a webinar presented by Jack McGowan-Stinski, Program Manager for the Lake States Fire Science Consortium, as he outlines lessons from growing season burns, using examples from oak-pine and jack pine barrens (the latter of which behave similarly to pitch pine in our region). Jack's talk will explore fire effects, fire behavior, smoke, phenology, natural community response, monitoring, and other elements of seasonality in prescribed burns.

Workshop - Burning Issue: Sparking effective communication about prescribed fire
Feb
7
Feb 8

Workshop - Burning Issue: Sparking effective communication about prescribed fire

Burning Issue: Sparking effective communication about prescribed fire

February 7-8, 2017 - State College, PA

Presentations from this workshop are posted here! Enjoy!

This event was a joint workshop by the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council, the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists, and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange. Across the East, fire managers and scientists must communicate with the public about the use of prescribed fire on public and private lands. This workshop offered participants a suite of social science tools and examples of successes, challenges, and lessons for communicating our messages effectively.

Agenda

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

0915 - 1000 - Registration
1000 - 1030 - Welcome, Fire Council meeting
Call to order - Todd Breininger, PPFC Chair
Approval of minutes
Treasurers Report - Tim Haydt
Reports from Working Groups
Old Business
New Business
Adjourn 

1030 - 1100 - Agency Prescribed Fire Reports – Todd Breininger
1100 - 1200 - Resources on RxB messaging – Erin Lane, USDA Forest Service
1200 - 1300 - Lunch 1300 – 1345 - Resources/methodology - Sarah McCaffrey, USDA Forest Service
1345 - 1430 - Resources/methodology - Neil Gifford, Albany Pine Bush Preserve
1430 - 1500 - Break
1500 - 1535 - Resources/methodology -
Debbie Crane, The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina
1535 - 1600 - Q&A & Discussion
1600 - 1700 Keynote –
Dr. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

0800 - 0845 - Social Time
0845 - 0900 - Election Results – Tim Smail
0900 - 0945 - Success stories and challenges Sharon Becker, North Carolina State Parks 0945 - 1030 - Success stories and challenges Jen Bunty, CAFMS
1030 - 1100 - Break
1100 - 1135 - Success stories and challenges
Greg McLaughlin, New Jersey Forest Fire Service
1135 - 1200 - Panel Q & A with Discussion
1200 - 1300 - Lunch
1300 - 1345 - Using landowner typology and targeted marketing to communicate about prescribed fire: lessons from Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively
Katherine Hollins, Yale Global Institute for Sustainable Forestry
1345 - 1400 - Wrap-up, evaluation

Cost
The cost $60.00 will include refreshments at the breaks. Lunch (not included) is available from vendors at the meeting facility.

Lodging

Ramada Conference Center
1450 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA16801

The block of rooms is reserved under PA Prescribed Fire Council, Group code CG06PF.  $74/night; 814-238-3001 - Reserve by 1/20

Field Trip: History of fire management at Camp Edwards
Jan
19
8:00 am08:00

Field Trip: History of fire management at Camp Edwards

History of fire management at Camp Edwards: Lessons, challenges, and future objectives

Field Trip offered by the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange in conjunction with the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership

January 19, 2017, 8:00-3:30

Camp Edwards, Massachusetts Army National Guard Training Site at Joint Base Cape Cod

Check out our field trip recap on the blog for details, further resources, and photos from this field trip!

Field Trip Description
Camp Edwards is 15,000 acres of Army National Guard training lands within the 22,000 acre Joint Base Cape Cod and is home to the largest contiguous pitch pine barren forest outside of the New Jersey Pinelands. The history of wildfire, prescribed fire, and other habitat disturbance has provided for an abundance of early and mid successional habitats supporting a high number of rare species and strong plant and animal diversity. This field trip will introduce participants to the 25+ year history of fire management, the challenges of management objectives on a military base surrounded by towns, and the successes of management activities within the context of the pine barrens ecosystem.

Working Agenda

0730    Field trip participants pass through security through the Main Gate on Rt. 28
0800    Welcome, Introduction to Camp Edwards management history and objectives, site orientation
0930    Field visits to morning sites
1200    Lunch indoors
1300    Field visits to afternoon sites
1500    Return to meeting space, wrap up, evaluations
1530    Conclude and depart Camp Edwards

Site Descriptions
Camp Edwards offers more than a day’s worth of sites to see and plenty of options in case of inclement weather. Possible field trip sites, photos, and descriptions can be viewed on this Virtual Field Trip map

Specific sites include:

  • A 120-ac wildfire, July-August 2016
  • 92 acres burned in April 2013, including mowed scrub oak opening for New England cottontail habita
  • A 400-ac prescribed burn conducted in April 2015
  • 340 acres with extensive management for pitch pine-scrub oak habitat that includes RxB, mowing, and a fire scar from a 1961 wildfire
  • A 36-ac area treated for New England cottontail habitat and hazard reduction
  • A managed sandplain grassland that experiences regular fires, mechanical, and chemical treatments and is home to five state-listed bird species.

Cost
This field trip is free, but you MUST register in advance. Please bring a lunch; you will NOT have time to buy food once you are on the base. There are several places to buy lunch near the base, including a Subway sandwich shop on Rt. 28. We will have coffee for you in the morning.

Register Here!
For security reasons, you MUST register for this field trip no later than December 28, 2016.

This field trip is being held on a military base. Because of this, special security measures are required. For SECURITY REASONS, you will be asked to provide on your registration form your full legal name, date of birth, driver license number (include state of issue), and vehicle plate number (include state of issue)/make/model/color of the vehicle that you will be arriving in.

Driving on Base
All workshop participants will be expected to access the base through the Bourne gate (Main Gate off Rte. 28). Cell phone use while driving is strictly prohibited on base. Please observe all posted speed limits and traffic signs.

Lodging
There are several lodging options in the vicinity of Sandwich, MA. Two suggestions are the Quality Inn and the Sandwich Inn and Suites.

 

Webinar - Fire regimes of remnant pine communities in Pennsylvania
Jan
17
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar - Fire regimes of remnant pine communities in Pennsylvania

Presented by Dr. Mike Stambaugh and Joe Marschall of the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium

  • January 17th at 12PM Eastern

Presentation.pdf>

Many fire-dependent ecosystems in the eastern US are converting to fire-intolerant vegetation communities due to fire-suppression practices implemented in the 20th century. Where available, fire-scarred trees offer valuable information on historical fire regimes which can provide a scientific foundation for natural community restoration activities. In this study, we discuss 300-400 years of fire frequency, severity, and seasonality based on data from 8 sites across the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. Fire regimes are reported in context of human settlement trends, climate records, and current management goals.

Citations:

Brose et al. 2013. The influences of drought and humans on the fire regimes of northern Pennsylvania, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 43: 757-767.
 
Brose et al. 2015. Fire history reflects human history in the Pine Creek Gorge of north-central Pennsylvania. Natural Areas Journal 35: 214-223.
 
Marschall et al. 2016. Fire regimes of remnant pitch pine communities in the Ridge and Valley Region of central Pennsylvania, USA. Forests. 7(10): 224.

Webinar - Fire history of New Jersey
Dec
14
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar - Fire history of New Jersey

  • December 14th at 12PM Eastern

New Jersey's pinelands have a unique fire history. For this webinar, Dr. Inga La Puma highlighted a 90 year spatial fire history database of the pinelands including discussion of fire frequency, seasonality, and high fire years. Additionally, she will show how changes in fire frequency have changed the trajectory of forest succession in the region.

Presentation.pdf>

Webinar recording below:

Fire history animation of Barnegat and Mullica watersheds below:

Webinar: Ecology of fuels
Nov
17
1:00 pm13:00

Webinar: Ecology of fuels

  • November 17th 1PM to 2PM Eastern

Presented by Dr. Joe O'Brien of the Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service

Dr. Joe O'Brien hails from the Southern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service and has extensive experience in monitoring and analyzing prescribed fire effects. In this webinar, he will focus on fuels as one of the three elements that sustain fire and highlight the complex relationships linking forest structure, fuels and fire. These relationships are frequently underappreciated and oversimplified in the wildland fire community. Fuels provide a common ground linking the fire operations community, foresters and ecologists, and can act as a bridge among these communities. A more sophisticated understanding and appreciation of fuel variability as driven by forest structure is useful for improving fire management across varied ecosystems. Don't miss this informative presentation!

Joseph O'Brien
Research Ecologist

320 Green Street
Athens, GA 30602-2044
Phone: 706-559-4336
jjobrien@fs.fed.us

Webinar: Fire's Role in Pennsylvania Ecosystems
Nov
1
Nov 30

Webinar: Fire's Role in Pennsylvania Ecosystems

  • This November webinar is available now on YouTube

In preparation for our workshop in February on the science of prescribed fire messaging, we present this informative webinar by Dr. Ben Jones of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Dr. Jones has been key to the introduction of prescribed fire on game lands in his state. 

Click the link below to view the webinar:

Webinar: Effectiveness of Wildfire Mitigation in the WUI
Oct
25
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar: Effectiveness of Wildfire Mitigation in the WUI

  • October 25th, 12PM Eastern

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) developed by an engaged community can drive real wildfire mitigation in the wildland-urban interface. Join us as Dr. Zander Evans outlines the key elements of successful CWPPs, with North Atlantic examples from New Jersey and Cape Cod.

Photo provided by Sectionb10.org

Photo provided by Sectionb10.org

Webinar: Fire Behavior in Mountain Pine Beetle Stands - “The British Columbia Experience”
Sep
21
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar: Fire Behavior in Mountain Pine Beetle Stands - “The British Columbia Experience”

Fire Behavior in Mountain Pine Beetle Stands - “The British Columbia Experience”

  • September 21st, 2016 12:00PM to 1:00PM - SEE WEBINAR RECORDING BELOW!

Presented by: Dana Hicks, Canadian Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations

Presentation.pdf>

Lodgepole pine stands have always been an aggressive-burning forest fuel complex, but with the infestation of the mountain pine beetle, the bar has been raised in terms of fire behavior and suppression/tactics.  Forest fires are now burning with devastating results, leaving large areas of blackened ground and wildland fire managers and resource managers frustrated and confused. Existing wildland fire prediction models and fire suppression efforts are severely challenged in the burning of this “new” forest fuel complex.
 
Dana’s talk will give the British Columbia experience with an unprecedented infestation and the resulting wildfires in this new fuel complex, including the development of a new forest fire fuel type model and fire behavior being observed in this fuel type.
He will tie experiences in B.C. to our infestation challenges in the North Atlantic region.

The Allegheny Society of American Foresters Annual Summer Meeting
Sep
14
Sep 16

The Allegheny Society of American Foresters Annual Summer Meeting

Allegheny Society of American Foresters Annual Summer Meeting Program

“Forest Management for Productivity and Resilience”

September 14 -16, 2016 -- The Westin, Mount Laurel, NJ

REGISTER HERE!

In addition to the action packed agenda, NAFSE will be sponsoring Daniel Dey for travel to talk at this meeting. Daniel is a Project Leader / Research Forester at the USDA Forest Service in Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes. His talk will address: “The Eastern Oak Forest Silviculture with Fire for Safety, Wildlife, and Forest Health Benefits”. Additionally, Inga La Puma will be reviewing the functions of our Exchange for participants with a short talk.

This event is approved for continuing education credits.

If you need travel assistance for this meeting please fill out the travel form here.

Fire Science Exchange Day Field trip: New Brunswick, Canada
Sep
14
8:00 am08:00

Fire Science Exchange Day Field trip: New Brunswick, Canada

  • New Brunswick Canada

Title: Fire Science Exchange Day

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Location: Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex Theatre, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Check out the Fire Science Exchange Day recap on our blog for further details and photos of this exciting day!

Description: Join us for an all-day, indoor-outdoor workshop on fire science and management issues that transcend the international border between Canada and the United States. We will hear from scientists and managers on the interactions of insects such as spruce budworm, forest pests and pathogens, fire, fuels, fire effects, and fire behavior.

DRAFT Agenda:

0800-0815 Registration, BYO coffee (Tim Horton’s available in building)

0815-0845 Welcome

0845-0945 Spruce Budworm - Rise and Spread, ACOA Early Intervention Strategy Program
Drew Carleton, Provincial Entomologist for New Brunswick- ACOA Early
Intervention Strategy Program (1 hr) Presentation.pdf>

0945-1000 Break - coffee provided

1000-1200 Fire behavior
Mike Wotton, Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service - Fuels and fire behaviour potential in Spruce Budworm impacted forests: the FBP System and beyond Presentation.pdf>
Bill DeGroot, Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service - Using CanFIRE to calculate fire behaviour in SBW affected forests Presentation.pdf>

1200-1300 BBQ

1300-1630 Field trip. Includes stations on SBW early intervention tools, identification, and traps. Sites will stimulate discussion about the potential impacts of spruce budworm on fuels, fire danger, and fire effects.

Additional opportunities:
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - informal dinner gathering, location TBD
September 13-18, 2016 - Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival - http://www.harvestjazzandblues.com/

Lodging: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Fredericton Motor Inn; please refer to Atlantic Wildfire Managers and book by August 29 to receive the group rate. If travel restrictions prohibit you from staying overnight in Canada, lodging is available in Houlton, Maine, which is only 1.5 hours from the Exchange Day site. Please contact Tom Parent (necompact@fairpoint.net) if you are interested in reserving a room block in Houlton.

To register: Please forward your names and email information to, Stephen.tulle@gn.ca by August 31, 2016.
Cost: Free, BBQ included. Lodging OYO.

Directions to Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex Theatre: Click here.

Webinar - Finding the Best Science Available on Fire Ecology and Fire Regimes in Eastern Ecosystems
Jul
27
1:00 pm13:00

Webinar - Finding the Best Science Available on Fire Ecology and Fire Regimes in Eastern Ecosystems

Presented by: 
Robin Innes, rinnes@fs.fed.us and Ilana Abrahamson, ilanalabrahamson@fs.fed.us

  • July 27, 2016 at 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 11 PM MT

Presentation.pdf>

This webinar was presented in cooperation with Lake States Fire Science Consortium and Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists highlighting the new fire features of the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS). See video recording of the webinar below:

 

Managers and planners need scientifically sound information on historical fire regimes and contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes to make informed management decisions. To address this need, two new fire regime publications—Fire Regime Reports and Fire Regime Syntheses—are now available and spatially searchable in the recently updated user interface for the Fire Effects Information System (www.feis-crs.org/feis/). FEIS staff defined 185 fire regimes by grouping the ~2,500 Biophysical Settings (BpS) models produced by LANDFIRE (www.landfire.gov/fireregime.php) according to similarities in vegetation, modeled fire-return intervals and fire severities, and geographic location. Fire Regime Reports are brief summaries of these models, while Fire Regime Syntheses add comprehensive, thoroughly documented reviews of the scientific literature to information in the Fire Regime Reports. Fire Regime Syntheses provide managers with the best science available on historical fire frequency, spatial pattern, extent, and seasonality; historical ignition sources; and typical patterns of fire intensity and severity. They also provide information on contemporary changes in fuels, especially in relation to their potential to influence fire regimes, and identify regions and plant communities lacking fire history data. Together, these publications help managers develop plans and make informed decisions about local management of fire and fuels. In the updated user interface, they are easy to access using a variety of search criteria, including plant community type and map location, and they are linked to nearly 1,100 FEIS Species Reviews. 

Workshop: Fire in Oak - Regional differences, local applicability
Jun
15
Jun 16

Workshop: Fire in Oak - Regional differences, local applicability

  • 1 Rabbit Hill Rd. Westborough, MA 01581

See our blog recap of this event with field trip and workshop details, maps, and photos. See agenda below for presentation pdf's.

This workshop focused on learning from managers and scientists about Fire and Oak issues in the North Atlantic region by answering these questions: How does our region differ from other oak habitats? How is it the same? What is the latest research on the topic and how can it be applied on the ground? What are some manager needs in the oak-fire science world? We addressed all of these questions and more in June in Westborough, MA at the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Building. Activities consisted of one full day for our field trip, and a second indoor day with talks and panels.  Stay tuned for presentations and blog entries on the workshop events.

Agenda Wednesday, June 15, 2016

8:00 Registration, Coffee

8:30 Site Orientation Presentation

8:45 Depart for Crocker Conservation Area

9:30 Arrive Crocker Conservation Area – Red Oak Forest, North County Land Trust, Fitchburg

10:30 Depart for Wachusett Reservoir Boylston, MA

11:05 Arrive Wachusett Reservoir Gate 6 – Mixed Oak Forest, MA DCR Division of Water Supply Protection

12:30Lunch at Wachusett Reservoir

1:15 Depart for Green Hill Park, City of Worcester

1:30 Green Hill Park – Chestnut Oak Woodland, City of Worcester Parks and Recreation

2:30 Depart for Perkins Farm Conservation Area, City of Worcester

2:45 Perkins Farm Conservation Area - Mixed Oak, Worcester,
City of Worcester

3:30 Wrap-up

3:45 Depart for Westborough

4:00 Westborough, end of day

 

WORKING Agenda Thursday, June 16, 2016

8:00      Registration

8:30      Welcome
Bill Patterson III, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
 

8:55      Oak forests and the Massachusetts landscape
Chris Buelow, Restoration Ecologist, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Buelow_Presentation.pdf>

Caren Caljouw, Habitat Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

9:40      Break

9:55      Benefits of fire in oak-dominated natural communities
Marc Abrams, Ph. D., Professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University School of Forest Resources
Abrams_Presentation.pdf>

Peter Grima, Service Forester, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Grima_Presentation.pdf>

Diane Burbank and Jeff Tilley, USDA Forest Service, Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests

11:45   Lunch

12:40   Challenges for using fire in oak
Joel Carlson, Principal, Northeast Forest and Fire Management, LLC
Carlson_Presentation.pdf>
John Scanlon, Habitat Program Leader, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Scanlon_Presentation.pdf>

1:30      Break

1:45      Fire and silviculture tools for securing oak regeneration
Jeff Ward, Ph. D., Chief Scientist, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Department of Forestry and Horticulture
Ward_Presentation.pdf

John Neely, USDA Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest
Neely_Presentation.pdf>

 

2:45      Break

3:00      Breakouts: Identify the most urgent and salient science questions for oak systems; Guidelines for land managers to use fire as a tool in fire-adapted ecosystems

3:40      Report-out

3:50      Wrap-up & Evaluation

4:00      Adjourn

Webinar - Fauna and fire at Montague Plains
May
19
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar - Fauna and fire at Montague Plains

Presented by: Dave King and Joan Milam, UMass research wildlife biologists

Contact Info:

David I. King, PhD
Research Wildlife Biologist
USDA Forest Service
Northern Research Station
dking@fs.fed.us

  • Thursday, May 19th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

In this webinar, Dave King and Joan Milam discussed the impacts of fuels reduction and habitat restoration on bees, songbirds, whippoorwills, hognose snakes, butterflies, and moths at Massachusetts' Montague Plains.

Webinar - LANDFIRE: The Biophysical Settings and Historic Fire Regimes of the North Atlantic
Mar
16
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar - LANDFIRE: The Biophysical Settings and Historic Fire Regimes of the North Atlantic

Presenter: Randy Swaty, The Nature Conservancy - LANDFIRE team

  • March 16th, 2016 12PM ET   

LANDFIRE is a multi-partner programed aimed at characterizing vegetation, fire and fuel characteristics for the United States.  Many of the datasets build upon one another, making them easy to work with and adapt for local use.  In this webinar, Randy Swaty of The Nature Conservancy’s LANDFIRE team will explore the pre-settlement vegetation and fire regimes of the Northeastern U.S. as modeled and mapped by LANDFIRE.  This work is enabled by the Biophysical Settings models and descriptions, which Randy will describe.  Also, there will be a “call to action” as LANDFIRE is aiming to update and improve these bundles over the next year.

 Here is a .pdf of the presentation and a video of webinar is below.

Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting
Feb
16
Feb 17

Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting

  • Philadelphia, PA

Speakers from across the country will discuss: fire and forest bats; Pennsylvania’s fire history; public perceptions of prescribed fire; canopy tree mortality after burns; fire’s role in snowshoe hare habitat; wildland fire GIS, mapping apps, and devices; statewide prescribed fire updates, lessons learned and more! Registration to open in late December.

Website >

 

Webinar - Recent Fire Research at the Silas Little Experimental Forest in NJ
Feb
4
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar - Recent Fire Research at the Silas Little Experimental Forest in NJ

The USDA Forest Service's Dr. Ken Clark, Dr. Nicholas Skowronski, and Michael Gallagher presented recent research at the Silas Little Experimental Forest highlighting 1) heat flux and turbulence measurements in the fire environment, 2) the impact of Southern Pine Beetle and Gypsy moth on hazardous fuel loads and fire danger, and 3) validation of remote sensing methods to evaluate fire severity and tree mortality in Pinelands forests. 

February 4th: 12PM - 1PM

Presentation.pdf >

Photo by Nick Skowronski

Photo by Nick Skowronski


Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact: 2016 WINTER TRAINING/AWARENESS MEETING
Jan
27
Jan 28

Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact: 2016 WINTER TRAINING/AWARENESS MEETING

  • South Portland, ME

The annual Winter Training/Awareness Meeting of the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact will be held at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn in South Portland, ME for commissioners, working team members, and guests, on January 27-28, 2016.   The meeting will be two full days preceded by Working Team meetings on Tuesday Jan 26th.  An awards dinner banquet is scheduled for the last evening, on Thursday January 28th.   

Meeting announcement >

Meeting agenda >

Registration form >

 

November Capstone Workshop, Stockton University, NJ
Nov
4
Nov 6

November Capstone Workshop, Stockton University, NJ

  • 101 Vera King Farris Dr Galloway, NJ, 08205 United States

NAFSE held a three-day capstone workshop at Stockton University in New Jersey. The NAFSE team crafted this workshop to consist of talks and field trip opportunities highlighting fire science in our coastal pine barrens ecosystems. See this link for the field trip recaps and presentations are linked below each speaker in the agenda.

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AGENDA
DAY 1  - Wednesday 11/4 - Field trip

7:30   Registration
8:00   Welcome, set the stage for the day’s sites
8:45   Head out
9:15    Field Stop 1 – Pine Island Cranberry Co.
10:30 Field Stop 2 – Speedwell
12:00 Bag lunch & discussion – Coyle Field - FFS Aviation Facility
1:00   Field Stop 3 – Cedar Bridge tower
2:00  Field Stop 4 – Whiting
4:00  Wrap up and return to Stockton
4:30  Adjourn

DAY 2  - Thursday 11/5 - Stockton University

8:00     Registration opens
8:30     Welcome (NAFSE and Stockton)
8:45     Keynote - Bill Patterson - Opportunities for finding common ground in the fire science of NJ’s forests
>Bill Patterson.ppt
9:30     Panel - Fire Science and Management in NJ
●      Facilitator:  Nick Skowronski
●      Ken Clark - Lessons from Silas Little
>Ken Clark.ppt
●      Bob Zampella - Cultural influence on the ecological evolution of the Pine Barrens
>Bob Zampella.ppt
●      Maris Gabliks - Fire suppression and RxB in NJ
>Maris Gabliks.ppt
10:45  Break
11:00   Framing management objectives
11:40   Poster session
12:00   Lunch & poster session
1:00     Case studies panel
●      Tim Simmons – Cape Cod collaboration, fire, and the New England cottontail
>Tim Simmons.ppt
●      Neil Gifford - Albany Pine Bush
>Neil Gifford.ppt
●      Ben Jones - Fire and deer in Pennsylvania
>Ben Jones.ppt
2:30    Break
2:45    Common ground in Fire Adapted Communities
>Bill Brash.ppt
>Wendy Fulks.ppt
3:45    Wrap-up
4:00   Adjourn

DAY 3 Friday 11/6- Stockton Forest

7:30     Registration
8:00     Welcome, presentation
8:45     Field visit - Stockton Forest Stewardship Project
12:00   Lunch and discussion
1:00     Adjourn

   

NAFSE Webinar: Fire and the Northern Long-Eared Bat
Oct
14
11:00 am11:00

NAFSE Webinar: Fire and the Northern Long-Eared Bat


Fire and the Northern Long-Eared Bat: Vulnerability and Management Considerations


Presenters: Dr. Luke Dodd and Dr. Mike Lacki

  • October 14th, 2015 11:00 AM EST

Drs. Luke Dodd and Mike Lacki presented during the NAFSE webinar, "Fire and the Northern Long-Eared Bat: Vulnerability and Management Considerations." The webinar included basic bat biology as it relates to forests and forest management. Our presenters highlighted ongoing and emerging work at study sites in Kentucky. This presentation also addressed management considerations regarding the Northern Long-eared Bat, a species whose recent listing affects land managers' use of fire and silviculture on the landscape.


(Map by US Fish and Wildlife Service)

Field Trip: Pitch Pine- Oak Management in Central Pennsylvania, Habitat Restoration in Progress
Sep
22
10:00 am10:00

Field Trip: Pitch Pine- Oak Management in Central Pennsylvania, Habitat Restoration in Progress

Organized by the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council and co-sponsored by the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange and the Appalachian Fire Science Consortium, this will be an exciting trip to view restoration projects in action. We hope that many folks from the NAFSE region can attend so we are offering funding for travel upon approval. 

Contact Amanda Mahaffey for funding requests: amahaffey@forestguild.org. 

Email: benjjones@pa.gov or call 717-418-0625 to register for the field trip by Aug 21. See the flyer below for more information.             

Field Trip: Contrasting consequences of wildfire seasonality - NJ
Jul
28
8:00 am08:00

Field Trip: Contrasting consequences of wildfire seasonality - NJ

  • Atsion Recreation Area

This field trip was on Tuesday July 28th, 2015 from 8-1pm near Atsion Recreation Area in Shamong Township, NJ.

We visited two nearby field sites with contrasting fire management and wildfire histories and learn from the perspectives of Ted Gordon, a leading authority on the habitats and flora of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and Tom Gerber, a Section Warden for the New Jersey Forest Fire Services.

Check out our virtual field trip to see where we went and what we discussed at each site.
 


NAFSE Webinar: Online Resources for Managers
Jun
5
12:00 pm12:00

NAFSE Webinar: Online Resources for Managers

  • United States

Presenters: Dr. Inga La Puma and Dr. Nick Skowronski

This webinar aired June 5th (12pm) and was led by Inga La Puma and Nick Skowronski of the NAFSE leadership team.  We covered the resources available on our new website as well as other online fire science resources and tools specific to the North Atlantic region.

Click below to view webinar recording. 

(There is a visual glitch in the webinar recording during Nick's section. Scroll down to see the list of the links he refers to during the webinar.)

Mar
11
8:00 am08:00

Field Trip: Mashpee, Cape Cod

  • Mashpee, Cape Cod, Massachussetts

The one-day field-based workshop on March 11, 2015 sponsored by NAFSE and SEMPBA focused on fire in land management, one of the unique features of the Pine Barrens ecosystem. We invited participation from the spectrum of land managers at work in the Pine Barrens, including municipal, state, federal, private, and non-governmental organizations, as well as fire scientists and managers from further afield.  Presentations and field tour stops examined themes in restoration, habitat management, ecological goal-setting, prescribed burning techniques, and the potential for fire planning in the future of the Pine Barrens.

If you missed this field trip you can take a virtual field trip to find out more about the sites we visited.



Authors: Inga La Puma and Amanda Mahaffey North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange Field Trip, in cooperation with the Southeast Massachussets Pine Barrens Alliance