Workshop/Training: ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management
Nov
27
to Nov 28

Workshop/Training: ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management

Workshop/Training: ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management

 Photo by Nick Skowronski

Photo by Nick Skowronski

When it comes to wildfire protection, local, state, and federal agencies must be able to respond at a moment’s notice. ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS) tools enable wildland firefighters to protect life, property, and natural resources through comprehensive planning and coordinated response. From simple fire suppression to complex, large-scale incident response involving numerous agencies, training in GIS tools can help you make accurate decisions under any conditions. 

The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission (NFFPC) and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange (NAFSE) are co-sponsoring this useful workshop/training.

  • November 27-28, 2018 - South Portland, ME

Day 1: Introduction to ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management
8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Learn to use Collector and Survey123, including data export and interpretation. These GIS tools can capture critical information to firefighter situational awareness. Where is the fire located? What is the best way to access the fire? What is the terrain and fuel type? Where are the evacuation routes? What are the hazards to responding units? What are the values at risk? Whose jurisdiction is the incident within? Participants will learn to capture, share, and display these data on mobile devices. This course will also involve a field exercise.
Target Group: Field-based fire personnel including first responders, squad and crew bosses, helitack personnel, as well as natural resource professionals in prescribed fire and other applications. 
Course Prerequisites: “Smart” phone, tablet, or other mobile device required.

Day 2: ESRI Decision-Support Tools and Applications for Wildland Fire Management
8:00 am- 5:00 pm

This course will dig deeper into the computer-based GIS functionality behind data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Participants will use these tools to track resources, assess changing fire behavior, predetermine tactics and strategies, produce key maps to support suppression operations, and measure progress toward meeting established objectives. 
Target Group: Fire management staff officers, agency administrators, command staff, incident commanders.
Course Prerequisites: Introduction to ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management. Basic familiarity with GIS software is recommended. Students will be required to provide their own laptop computer for the course.
FMI: https://www.esri.com/~/media/Files/Pdfs/library/brochures/pdfs/wildland-fire-suppression.pdf

REGISTRATION FEE:      $50 per day for both Northeast Compact members and non-members. Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and breaks. Member agencies will be invoiced after the course. All others need to make payment or payment arrangements prior to attending training. NAFSE travel funding may be available for this event.

Nominations forms must be filled out for all attendees. If you are not a member of the Compact, there is no need to get a supervisor's approval, the form is for registration purposes only. All attendees must also fill out the financial form and non-Compact attendees must pay ahead of time. 

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·     Deadline for submitting forms will be October 26th, 2018.

·     Individuals will be notified by November 2, 2018, as to course admittance.

Send the Nomination and Financial forms to:
Eric Earle
1 Mountainview Road
Massey Drive, NL A2H 7A7
email (preferred):eearle@nffpc.org
Fax: 207-968-3782

ACCOMMODATIONS:  A block of rooms is reserved at the Merry Manor Inn (207-774-6151) at a NFFPC rate of $ 89.00 (USD) for a single or double room. Candidates are to make their own arrangements for rooms.  Please state that you are with the Northeast Compact group.  Students need to make their own room reservations by November 9, 2018.

LOCATION: 
Merry Manor Inn – Best Western, Portland Maine. 
700 Main Street
South Portland, Maine 04106
Phone: 207-774-6151
Fax: 207-871-0537

 

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75th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference: NAFSE co-sponsors pyrogenic wildlife symposia
Apr
14
to Apr 16

75th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference: NAFSE co-sponsors pyrogenic wildlife symposia

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NAFSE will be co-sponsoring a pyrogenic wildlife symposia at the 75th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference.

If you know anyone who may be interested in presenting as part of our symposium, please encourage him or her to submit an abstract via the online system and select our symposium as their preferred conference venue.

We are specifically looking for 2 types of talks:

1)     Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) wildlife research in fire-dependent systems of the NE (talks must be SGCN specific since this is the hook for this audience) that are currently receiving Rx fire management.

2)     Fire management talks about the logistics (equipment, techniques, strategies, communications, education, social science) and evolving understanding of how to burn in various fuels in the region for wildlife habitat.

Contact Neil Gifford (NAFSE community rep) at ngifford@albanypinebush.org or Inga La Puma (NAFSE Science Communication Director) at inga.lapuma@rutgers.edu for more information or suggestions for presentations.

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6th Fire in Eastern Oaks Conference
Jul
23
to Jul 25

6th Fire in Eastern Oaks Conference

This conference is being organized by the Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium and the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists, in partnership with the conference host, the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council.

Dates: July 23 - 25, 2019
Location: State College, Pennsylvania

More information coming soon, but mark your calendar!!

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Webinar: WeatherSHIELD: a system for forecasting fire weather and indices.
Oct
23
2:00 PM14:00

Webinar: WeatherSHIELD: a system for forecasting fire weather and indices.

WeatherSHIELD: a system for forecasting fire weather and indices.

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  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM Eastern/ 1:00 PM Central

 

Presented by:
Aaron Stacey MES, Fire Science and Planning Specialist (Peterborough) Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services, Ontario 

Contact: Aaron.Stacey@ontario.ca

WeatherSHIELD (Weather SHort & Intermediate Ensemble and Long-term Dynamic weather patterns) is a system for preparing and displaying probabilistic weather forecasts over the short, intermediate, and long term. WeatherSHIELD is comprised of (1) Aviation Forest Fire & Emergency Services’ 5 day forecast, (2) the North American Ensemble Forecast System’s 14 day ensemble forecast, and (3) a long-term forecast up to the end-of-season utilizing a pattern matching method for selecting specific historical years’ weather according to how well historical ocean temperature indicators match current and forecast indicators. In this presentation, the current use of WeatherSHIELD will be shown and the continued validation that is being conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry and its research partners will be discussed.

Co-hosted by Alaska Fire Science Consortium and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange

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Field Trip: Experimental wind tunnel tour for wildland fire applications
Sep
26
12:00 PM12:00

Field Trip: Experimental wind tunnel tour for wildland fire applications

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Field Trip: Experimental wind tunnel tour for wildland fire applications

  • Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 12:00-4:00 PM

Hosted by Dr. Albert Simeoni - Worcester, Massachusetts

SEE VIDEOS OF THE FIELD TRIP BELOW!

Intro Presentation

Lab Intro

Combustion Lab

Fire Propagation 1

Fire Propagation 2

Fire Propagation 3

Wind Tunnel Intro

Wind Tunnel Experiment Demo


Visit the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, hosting the largest university based fire lab in the US, and learn about the wildland fire research conducted there. A twenty foot long wind tunnel is currently in use to conduct basic research on the influence of wind on fire spread through multi-layered fuel beds, from pine needles to shrubs. More research in the lab includes characterizing vegetation as a fuel and understanding how it burns under diverse conditions. This project is occurring under the framework of a  Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program and in collaboration with the Forest Service and several universities.

Cost: Free. 

Working Agenda
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch (included) in the FPE Café 
1:00-1:45pm - Presentations on lab capabilities, other experiments (on merging fire lines), and full wind-tunnel activities to date
1:45-2:45pm – Walk to Combustions Lab with Prof. Rangwala, showcasing other fire protection research topics
2:45-3:15pm – Fire propagation apparatus (FPA) experiment with Q & A
3:15-4:00pm – Wind tunnel experiment with Q & A

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Field Trip - Montague Plains, Massachusetts
Aug
20
12:30 PM12:30

Field Trip - Montague Plains, Massachusetts

Join us for a NAFSE field trip to Massachusetts' Montague Plains! We will explore the rich history of fire science research that has taken place at this site in the Pine Barrens ecosystem. Spend time in the field with some of the fire bugs whose research has helped inform our management of these ecosystems, including Bill Patterson III, Matthew Duveneck, Brian Hawthorne, Kenn Clark, Tim Simmons, and Caren Caljouw.

AUDIO RECORDINGS OF SPEAKERS POSTED BELOW FOR EACH FIELD STOP!

Agenda:
11:00-12:00         Optional pay-as-you-go lunch at Lady Killigrew Café and Pub
12:30-1:00           Site overview & history STOP1.mp3>
1:00-1:45             Lake Pleasant Road Site STOP2.mp3>
1:45-2:00            Donut Site STOPs 3-4.mp3>
2:00-3:00           Aspen Site STOP5.mp3>
3:00-4:00           Thicket Reserve and Scrub Oak Unit STOP6.mp3>
4:00-4:30           Discussion & Wrap-up

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Please familiarize yourself with the following required pre-field trip readings:

  1. Montague Plains WMA Fact Sheet with pertinent references

  2. Montague Plains WMA management plan

  3. NAFSE webinar on Fauna and fire at Montague Plains

  4. Outdated but significant fuels research and management (please refer to #1 for current contact information for Montague Plains WMA): Northeast Barrens Montague Plains webpage

Additional resource:

Journal article: Characterizing Canopy Fuels to Predict Fire Behavior in Pitch Pine Stands by Matthew Duveneck and Bill Patterson.pdf>
 

Cost: Free. Lunch on your own.

Travel funding is not available for this event.

This field trip is part of a series revisiting Massachusetts Pine Barrens sites examined during a 2004 JFSP-sponsored field trip on Managing Fuels in Northeastern Barrens (see handout). The June 25th field trip preceded this one at Cape Cod National Seashore (INFO HERE).

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Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

Field Trip - Cape Cod National Seashore

This field trip is part of a series revisiting Massachusetts Pine Barrens sites examined during a 2004 JFSP-sponsored field trip on Managing Fuels in Northeastern Barrens (see handout). Please also save the date of Monday, August 20 for a field trip to Montague Plains!

Please REGISTER HERE.

 Photo by Dr. Bill Patterson

Photo by Dr. Bill Patterson

Agenda
11:30 Optional group lunch (pay as you go) - Moby Dick's restaurant: http://mobys.com/.
1:00 p.m. Meet on George Nilson Road, Truro, MA. Park on shoulder. Visit Truro plots. Talk about plot set-up, treatment regime, data, conclusions, lessons learned, future work.
2:30 p.m. Marconi Area Heathland restoration, broom crowberry long-term research, other fun fire projects at CCNS.
4:00 p.m. Wrap-up

Cost: Free. Lunch on your own.

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Fire Adapted Communities Pinelands Learning Exchanges
May
30
to Jun 14

Fire Adapted Communities Pinelands Learning Exchanges

These Fire Adapted Communities Learning Exchanges will advance community and forest wildfire resilience in the mid-Atlantic through shared learning between wildland fire professionals working in the New Jersey Pinelands and Long Island, New York.

Space is limited. Contact Amanda Mahaffey, Northeast Region Director, Forest Stewards Guild, at amanda@forestguild.org or (207)432-3701. See this link for more info.

NEW JERSEY: WED-THU, MAY 30-31, 2018
NEW YORK: WED-THU, JUNE 13-14, 2018

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The Fire Continuum Conference
May
21
to May 24

The Fire Continuum Conference

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The Association for Fire Ecology and International Association of Wildland Fire are joining forces to bring you an enlightening and innovative event! This not to be missed event will be held on the beautiful University campus in Missoula, Montana.

  • May 21 - 24, 2018.

Wildland fire science and management are defined by continuums, The Fire Continuum Conference will take you on a journey from science and management activities that take place before a wild fire occurs through the post fire activities and fire ecology. 

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Spring/Summer Webinar Series - Fine Scale, Big Scale: Wildland Fire Dynamics Research for Informed Management
May
2
to Aug 8

Spring/Summer Webinar Series - Fine Scale, Big Scale: Wildland Fire Dynamics Research for Informed Management

Spring/Summer Webinar Series

Fine Scale, Big Scale: Wildland Fire Dynamics Research for Informed Management

NAFSE offered this series of webinars focused on cutting-edge research in wildland fire dynamics. From fine fuels to wind tunnels, from field experiments to smoke models, this series related foundational research to operational management tools. This interactive webinar series covered research funded by the Department of Defense Strategic Research and Development Program, the Joint Fire Science program, and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

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Check out the video interviews on this project by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service:
SPRING 2017
SPRING 2018

Webinar Series

1. Wednesday, May 2nd 12:00 EDT
Wildland Fire Dynamics Research: Project Overview - Dr. Nick Skowronski, USDA Forest Service

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From fine fuels to wind tunnels, from field experiments to smoke models, this series will relate foundational research to operational management tools. This interactive webinar series covers research funded by the Department of Defense Strategic Research and Development Program (SERDP), the Joint Fire Science program, and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station in cooperation with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. Stay tuned for more!

2. Wednesday, May 16th 12:00 EDT
From Rothermel’s models to 3D scanners - getting a closer look at fuel properties and their role in prescribed fire dynamics - Dr. Mike Gallagher, USDA Forest Service

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Webinar Recording>

Traditional tools for predicting fire behavior have relied on generally defined vegetation characteristics to make broad scale predictions of wildfire behavior and fire danger.  While these useful in wildfire suppression operations, they provide limited utility in the context of prescribed burns, which are planned and  intentionally ignited to achieve more nuanced ecological or fuels objectives.  Variability in moisture and structure conditions play a large role in driving outcomes of prescribed burns, but have not gained the much attention in refining predictive tools for guiding prescribed burning.  Tune in and hear how Mike Gallagher at the Silas Little Experimental Forest is using new technologies and repeated fire experiments to develop new knowledge about the diversity of fuel conditions and fire behavior under prescribed burning conditions.
 

3. Tuesday, May 29th 12:00 EDT
Progress towards precision measurements of radiant energy flows in wildland fires: History and current state of the art - Dr. Bob Kremens, Rochester Institute of Technology 

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The energy flow from a wildland fire is the most important measurable physical quantity. If we understand the time history of  the energy flows, we can derive all other fire behavior and fire effects parameters. I will describe the difficulties in measuring the radiant heat release and explain a newly designed instrument. I will review the limitations of previous methods, as well as results obtained to date on prescribed fires in New Jersey and Florida.

4. Tuesday, June 12th12:00 EDT
Small-scale fire behavior measurements in the field:  Bridging the gap between the laboratory and management-scale prescribed fires
- Dr. Ken Clark, USDA Forest Service 

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Webinar recording>

To provide a better understanding of combustion processes and fire behavior during planned wildland fires across spatial scales, we conducted 12 intensively-instrumented experiments on replicated 100 m2 plots, contrasting cool, dormant season vs. warm, growing season conditions, and natural vs. augmented fuel loads.  Instrumentation consisted of a network of IR cameras, dense arrays of thermocouples, 18 sonic anemometers to measure turbulence and heat fluxes at multiple heights, and high speed pressure sensors.  Some key processes are consistent across scales; for example, thermocouple temperature profiles and relationships between turbulence and heat fluxes measured during the 100 m2 plot burns reflect the inflow of cool air into fire fronts measured in laboratory experiments and patterns of turbulence and heat fluxes measured in large-scale field burns, while other phenomena can be considered “emergent properties” that occur only larger scales.

5. Wednesday, June 27th 12:00 EDT Measurement of Fire Spread Phenomena at the Laboratory Scale. - Dr. Rory Hadden, University of Edinburgh 

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Webinar recording>

The use of low intensity fires is a key tool in the arsenal of the wildfire professional. Nevertheless, there are fundamental challenges to understanding how these fire spread and consequently these fires present significant challenges to the application and use of existing fire spread models. 
 
This presentation will discuss the research approach taken to measure fire phenomena across multiple scales to study the ignition and spread of low intensity wildfires. The talk will discuss the use of laboratory-scale investigation to improve repeatability of experiments and to allow enhanced control over variabilities in the fuel and the environment – two key challenges when undertaking experimental fires in the field. The talk will touch on how measurements made in the laboratory can be applied at the field scale and vice versa. This will highlight the need for a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of fire spread. In addition, the measurement of fundamental fuel characteristics and understanding their variabilities are necessary inputs for physics based fire models. Studying the fire processes in this way is key to understanding which mechanisms govern the spread of low intensity fires. This has direct implications the development of simplified spread and risk models. 
 

6. Wednesday, July 11th 12:00 EDT Developing a mid-scale portable wind tunnel for laboratory and field experiments. - Dr. Seong-kyun Im, University of Notre Dame; and Dr. Albert Simeoni, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

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Webinar recording>

Development of a mid-scale wind tunnel that can bridge laboratory and field experiments will be discussed. In fire and wildfire science, the problem of linking laboratory studies to the field is the main bottleneck for the development and validation of fire spread models. The laboratory offers well-controlled conditions and allows testing and validating many configurations. The field offers more realistic conditions but they are very difficult to control. The main factor that hinders applying laboratory results to the field is the wind, because the flow around any field experiment is impossible to control and extremely difficult to measure. Similarly, laboratory experiments always involve some degree of idealization, not only of the wind but also of the fuel and other environmental conditions. Our mid-scale wind tunnel has been designed to allow collecting field data for realistic fuel and environmental conditions but under well-controlled wind conditions. Hence, it represents the missing link between the idealized laboratory conditions and realistic field conditions, particularly in the context of low-intensity prescribed burns. 
 
Our wind tunnel was constructed for both laboratory and prescribed field experiments. The tunnel can be disassembled into smaller pieces allowing us to bring the tunnel to the field. The tunnel provides flow speeds up to 8 m/s with a turbulent intensity of 20% in the test section, which represents the average wind speed and its fluctuation at Silas Little Experimental Forest Research Station. The test section is large enough to test an array of shrub and litter layer structures in both laboratory and field settings. Windows enable us to measure the properties of interest such as the vegetation geometry, the flow field around vegetation, the temperature field, the flame geometry, and the fire rate of spread. For the laboratory conditions, the tunnel has a 0.2 m deep fuel bed that can be used to provide more realistic boundary conditions, soil type and moisture contents, etc. A preliminary study using simplified fuel arrays will be presented as a demonstration. The outcomes of this research will contribute to the development of physics-based predictive fire spread modeling aimed at supporting wildland fire management in a more robust way than currently available.

7. Wednesday, July 25th 12:00 EDT
High resolution simulation of low-intensity and backing fires: a multi-scale model development exercise
 - Dr. Eric Mueller, University of Edinburgh 

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Detailed physics-based models of fire spread have the potential to provide unique insights into the driving mechanisms of fire behavior in various scenarios. They can be used both to investigate case studies targeted at understanding fire-fuel-environment interactions, and to help develop simpler operational tools – built on a robust foundation. However, current physics-based models suffer from a lack of testing, or validation, and the limitations and uncertainties of various model components need to be addressed. This is particularly true for low-intensity and backing fires, which have received relatively little attention in modeling efforts. This work leverages an ongoing set of unique, iterative, multi-scale experiments to interrogate and improve detailed physics-based models. Of particular interest is the ability to scale such an approach from a laboratory-type setting to a field environment, where computational resources become a limiting factor. This presentation will focus on an initial detailed investigation of laboratory-scale flame spread simulations and the impact of various model limitations. Areas for improvement and challenges related to scaling up the simulations will be discussed.  

8. Wednesday, August 8th 12:00 EDT  Management-scale atmospheric modeling: Exploring fire-induced turbulent flows in forested environments - Dr. Mike Kiefer, Michigan State University 

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Researchers use models to study ambient and fire- and forest canopy-induced turbulence because they help answer questions that field campaigns alone are unable to address due to, for example, the inability to control all degrees of freedom in the field.  Possible applications of model studies of fire- and canopy-induced turbulence include improvements to predictions of smoke dispersion, tree mortality, and fire behavior.  This webinar addresses efforts to simulate turbulent flows at the management scale, i.e., on spatial scales of 100 m to 10 km and temporal scales of minutes to hours.

In the first half of this webinar, I place the SERDP management-scale modeling work in the context of the project as a whole, discuss some of the basic components of models used to study ambient and fire- and forest canopy-induced turbulence, and describe some of the challenges of simulating turbulent flows (including possible sources of uncertainty in model simulations).  In the second half of the webinar, I show several examples of how models are used to answer questions about ambient and fire- and forest canopy-induced turbulence, provide an outline of the SERDP management-scale modeling strategy, and finally, end with a summary of the webinar presentation before opening the floor to questions.

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Webinar - Fire & Ticks: The Impacts of Long-term Prescribed Fire on Tick Populations & Tick-borne Disease Risk
Mar
27
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar - Fire & Ticks: The Impacts of Long-term Prescribed Fire on Tick Populations & Tick-borne Disease Risk

Fire & Ticks: The Impacts of Long-term Prescribed Fire on Tick Populations & Tick-borne Disease Risk

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See video of webinar below.

See the publications associated with this webinar here and here.

  • March 27th, 2018 at 1PM Eastern presented by Liz Gleim, Assistant Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies, Hollins University

 

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Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME), and Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI). These are just a few of the tick-borne diseases that occur in the eastern United States; some you’ve probably heard of and others likely not. Tick-borne disease incidence and emergence of new tick-borne diseases has increased dramatically in the past several decades. Thus, the need to identify effective ways of reducing tick populations and tick-borne disease risk is paramount. One method that has been proposed for reducing tick populations is prescribed fire. Join Liz Gleim, Assistant Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies from Hollins University to learn more about her research exploring the impacts of long-term prescribed fire on ticks & tick-borne disease risk and what appears to be some promising results linking fire to reduced disease risk.

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National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Workshop
Mar
26
to Mar 29

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Workshop

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Making a Difference, Building Capacity, Improving Preparedness, and Learning From Experience

  • March 26-29th, 2018 Reno, NV

Register Here!

The wildland fire environment in the United States is undergoing profound ecological, social, and political changes. As a result, noticeable expansion in wildfire behavior and area burned, risk to responders and citizens, losses of homes and property, costs, and threats to communities and landscapes is occurring. To better prepare for and address this situation, a National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy to comprehensively address wildland fire management across all lands in the United States was developed. This Cohesive Strategy is by far the most comprehensive, timely, and applicable strategy ever developed for wildland fire management. It sets broad, strategic, and national-level direction as a foundation for implementing actions and activities nationwide. It provides an all-inclusive and pertinent vision for wildland fire and society for the next century.

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Wildland Urban Interface Conference 2018
Feb
27
to Mar 1

Wildland Urban Interface Conference 2018

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  • February 27 – March 1, 2018

The IAFC's Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) conference offers hands-on training and interactive sessions designed to address the challenges of wildland fire. If you're one of the many people responsible for protecting local forests or educating landowners and your community about the importance of land management—then this is the conference for you.

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Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council Meeting
Feb
6
to Feb 7

Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council Meeting

This year’s Annual Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council Meeting in beautiful historic Williamsport, on February 6-7, 2018.  Share experiences and fellowship with managers, scientists, and prescribed fire enthusiasts from across PA.  Learn from presentations by speakers from around the country.  This year’s topics include:

  • Private Lands Prescribed Fire
  • Managing Ticks
  • Hard Pine Recruitment
  • Social Perceptions of Fire in PA
  • Great Smokey Mountains Wildfires

See the schedule and sign-up HERE!

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Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Science and Management (Partners Meeting)
Jan
30
to Feb 1

Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Science and Management (Partners Meeting)

  • January 30th-February 1st, 2018 - SEE THE RECAP AND PHOTOS HERE.

The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange  held a partners meeting, Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Science and Management. A true EXCHANGE designed to expose fire managers to useful scientific studies and expose scientists to the implications of their science. Presentations were relevant to fire managers and scientists in the North Atlantic region of the United States and Canada.

Participant List.pdf>

Presenter bios.pdf>

Abstracts.pdf>

Presentation videos (downstairs presentations only were recorded) AVAILABLE BELOW!
Presentation slides and poster .pdfs AVAILABLE BELOW!

If you do not see the presentation you are looking for, please contact the presenter (see participant list above for contact info).

Panel: Lessons from Gatlinburg
Preparing for the Exceptional: An Examination of Likelihoods After the Historic 2016 Southern Appalachian Wildfire Season. Steve Norman and Danny Lee, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. 

Fire Progression at Chimney Tops 2. Henri Grissino-Mayer, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  

Operations at Pigeon Forge. Matt Lovitt, Pigeon Forge Fire Department. (video includes panel discussion)

Smoke, Weather, & Planning Tools
Smoke Dispersion Modeling: A Brief Review. Mike Kiefer, Michigan State University. Keifer_video.mov> Keifer_slides.pdf>

A Tested Smoke Management Processes using HYSPLIT and Other Tools. Joel Carlson, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC.  Carlson_slides.pdf>

Online Fire Weather Resources. Eric Evenson, National Weather Service. Link to new fire weather website.

Concurrent Session 1A: 
New Jersey’s Pinelands: A Fire Science and Management Playground 

Disentangling Some of the Complexity Associated with Wildland Fires. Ken Clark, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Silas Little Experimental Forest. Clark_slides.pdf> 

Linking Fire Effects with Fire Behavior using Burn Severity Indices. Mike Gallagher, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Silas Little Experimental Forest. 

Studying Wildland Fire Dynamics through Airborne Laser Scanning and 3D Fuels. Nick Skowronski, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. Skowronski_slides.pdf> 
 


Concurrent Session 1B: 
Technology Tools

Apps and Tablets in the Field. Alex Entrup, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC. Entrup_slides.pdf>

Toward an inexpensive, easy-to-use fire intensity measurement instrument. Bob Kremens, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kremens_slides.pdf>

The Use of Inexpensive Environmental Sensors for Smoke and Fire Meteorological Research within the Wildland Urban Interface. John Hom, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. 

Design and Implementation of a Large-scale Portable Wind Tunnel for Wildfire Research. Giovanni Di Cristina, University of Notre Dame. 

Concurrent Session 2A: 
Fire, Fuels, & Silvicultural Tools
We can’t do it all with fire: Integrating silvicultural tools to supplement fire management at MAARNG. Jake McCumber, Massachusetts Army National Guard. McCumber_slides.pdf>

Blending Fire Ecology and Fire Management with Invasive Species Removal. Jack McGowan-Stinski, Program Manager, Lake States Fire Science Consortium.  McGowan-Stinski_slides.pdf>

Effects of mowing and prescribed fire on plant community structure and function in rare coastal sandplain grasslands, Nantucket Island, MA USA. Helen Mills Poulos, Wesleyan University.  Poulos_slides.pdf>

Concurrent Session 2B: 
Flash Talks
Real and Perceived Barriers to Growing Season Burns. Jack McGowan-Stinski, Lake States Fire Science Consortium. McGowan-Stinski_slides.pdf> 

Where Do We Put Giovanni’s Wind Tunnel?: Managers Working with Scientists in the Fire Environment. Nick Skowronski, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. 

Interpretation of Fire Weather Data Collected During Prescribed Burns. Alex Etkind, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC.

The Data You Missed: Stories from Data Sleuthing in NJ Fire History. Inga LaPuma, North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange. La Puma_slides.pdf>

Effects of local fire behavior on Pinus rigida regeneration in southern Maine. Emily Dolhansky, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Dolhansky_slides.pdf>

Assessing Attitudes of the Public Towards Prescribed Burning using Virtual Reality. Casey Olechnowicz, University of Maine. 

The social dimension of wildfire: living and managing fire on a First Nation territory. Nitaskinan, Québec, Canada. Noémie Gonzalez, Université Laval. 

Spatial Tools for Fire Management
Fire Management Planning using LANDFIRE. Megan Sebasky, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Sebasky_slides.pdf>

Collector Tool for Field Work and Scientific Data. Chris “Fern” Ferner, ESRI

Spatial Tools for Wildfire Risk Assessment. Greg Dillon, USDA Forest Service Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, Fire Modeling Institute.  Dillon_slides.pdf>

Mapping tools for understanding disturbance. Steve Norman and Danny Lee, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station.  Lee_slides.pdf>

Preparing Wildland Firefighters for Big Events
Are Firefighter Fatalities “Normal Accidents?” Lloyd C. Irland, The Irland Group and Matt Carroll, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Wildland Firefighter Safety in the Operational Fire Environment. Brent Ruby, Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism Department of Health and Human Performance at The University of Montana. 

Implications of Extreme Events for Fire Control Programming and Planning. Tom Parent, Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact. 

POSTERS

Drought and the 1947 Maine Fires: Context Based on 112 Years of Weather Data for Bar Harbor. William A. Patterson III, University of Massachusetts/Amherst Patterson_poster1.pdf> Patterson_poster2.pdf> Patterson_poster3.pdf>

Portugal’s 2017 Pedrógão Grande Disaster in context of Extreme Event Analysis Lloyd C. Irland, The Irland Group and Faculty Associate, University of Maine, School of Forest Resources irland@gmail.com Fantina Tedim , University of Porto, Portugal; University Fellow Charles Darwin University, Australia Irland_poster.pdf>

Understanding social interactions in wildland fire management for a more resilient social-ecological system. Noémie Gonzalez-Bautista, Université Laval, CIÉRA, Département d'anthropologie,Québec Gonzales_poster.pdf>

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Webinar: Connecting fire behavior, regime, and effects – emergent patterns from a decade of burn severity data in the New Jersey Pinelands
Dec
13
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: Connecting fire behavior, regime, and effects – emergent patterns from a decade of burn severity data in the New Jersey Pinelands

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  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

 

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Shifting patterns of wildland fire activity threaten both human and ecological systems across the globe as the impacts of climate change continue to unfold. Collecting the fire behavior and effects data is necessary to strengthen understandings of these patterns and adapt management, yet collecting these data using traditional field based methods is impossible beyond the scale of small studies.  As an alternative, correlations between fire-altered reflectance patterns in vegetation, fire effects, and fire behavior were assessed and used to make useful inferences about how fire impacts pitch pine barrens.  This work incorporates data from studies of fire behavior, fire effects, and seasonality to show how burn severity data can be used to better understand the qualitative variety of fire and how observed patterns can be used to hone management strategy. 

Michael Gallagher is a post-doctoral researcher with the US Forest Service’s Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences work unit at the Silas Little Experimental Forest.   Michael’s research has focused on integrating field and remote sensing-based approaches to assess and link fire behavior and fire effects.  Michael is also a crewman on an New Jersey Forest Fire Service engine and fills in on Northern Area crews during the western fire season.

 

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Webinar - CanFIRE: predicting fire behaviour and fire effects.
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

Webinar - CanFIRE: predicting fire behaviour and fire effects.

CanFIRE: predicting fire behaviour and fire effects.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 2 PM Eastern /1 PM Central

Dr. W.J. (Bill) de Groot
Fire Research Scientist Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Forest Service
bill.degroot@canada.ca

  • CFFDRS science-management integration model
  • Stand-level, fire behaviour-based model
  • Simulates physical and ecological fire effects
  • Small scale (fire behaviour) to large scale (fire regimes)
  • New fuel consumption equations
  • Dynamic fuel model (fully adjustable)

In cooperation with the Lake States Fire Science Consortium.

See webinar recording below:

 

 

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Oct
16
to Oct 18

Field Trip: The Great Acadia Fire 70 Years Later

Fire Science and Management Field Trip - The Great Acadia Fire 70 Years Later: Lessons and Future Challenges

This highly anticipated field trip brought to you by the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact, the Acadia National Park Fire Management Program, the Maine Forest Service, and numerous partners and supporters is part of a larger series of events being held to commemorate the 1947 fire (see the related events below). Enjoy!

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
    This all-day field trip followed the path of the 1947 fire and offer fire scientists and managers an excellent outdoor classroom for exchanging information about fire ecology, fuels reduction, wildfire preparedness, and other lessons and challenges learned in 1947 and the seven decades since that catastrophe. Cost: $25

 

Additional Events Commemorating the 1947 Fire

A series of events commemorating the 1947 fires that affected Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and changed the way we prepare for wildfire today. 

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WEBINAR: The Years Maine Burned - Fire History and Geography in the North Atlantic

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Lloyd Irland presented information on the changing geography of fire in the Northern Forest, with a focus on the 1947 fire season in Maine and other landmark events. Irland addressed extreme fire behavior, the relationship between fire danger and the growing wildland-urban interface, and other factors in the megafires of the North Atlantic. Dr. Bill Patterson also presented some of his findings. WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING HERE.

WORKSHOP: Climate and Disturbance Scenario Planning in Acadia National Park

  • Monday, October 16, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Schoodic Institute, Acadia Drive, Winter Harbor, ME
    This workshop will bring together scientists and natural resource managers to articulate plausible scenarios for future disturbance regimes in Acadia National Park to inform future risk assessments and management plans, and provide a foundation for collaborative dialogue. Limited space available. 

WALK: Bar Harbor History Walk

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Bar Harbor Historical Society, 33 Ledgelawn Avenue, Bar Harbor, ME
    Bar Harbor Fire Station, 37 Firefly Lane, Bar Harbor, ME
    YMCA Baseball Field, School and Park Streets, Bar Harbor, ME
    Visit historical and modern firefighting equipment and displays on wildfire history, science, and planning at the Bar Harbor Fire Station and nearby baseball field, and explore historic records and artifacts from the 1947 fire at the Bar Harbor Historical Society. Cost: Free

PANEL: The Great Acadia Fire 70 Years Later: What Happened? Could it Happen Again? What if it Happened Again?

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    The Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME
    This evening lecture and discussion will examine the climate and forest conditions that were ignited in 1947, the vegetation structure and fire danger in Acadia National Park today, and the agencies and organizations prepared to protect the island from wildfire into the future. Cost: $10 Tickets available at: www.criteriontheatre.org 

Lloyd Irland's slides and audio (separate files)
Bill Patterson's slides and audio (separate files)
Tom Parent's slides and audio (separate files)

Panel Q&A audio

Field trip wrap-up audio


This event was approved for 2.0 Category 1 CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters.

Panel Speakers:

Dr. Lloyd Irland, Principal, The Irland Group
Dr. Bill Patterson III, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Tony Davis, North Country Fire Management Officer, Acadia National Park
Bill Hamilton, Chief Forest Ranger, Maine Forest Service
Tom Parent, Executive Director, Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact
Matt Bartlett, Fire Chief, Bar Harbor Fire Department
Mike Bender, Fire Chief, Mt. Desert Fire Department
Keith Higgins, Fire Chief, Tremont Fire Department
Jack Martel, Fire Chief, Southwest Harbor Fire Department

FILM: Fire of ’47 Documentary Premeire

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7PM
    The Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME
    The world premiere of a film about the 1947 fire in Bar Harbor as seen through the eyes of survivors of the fire. This film, produced by the Bar Harbor Historical Society, features fresh interviews and color footage of the October 1947 events. 

Interested in learning more about the 1947 wildfire season in Acadia, Maine, and beyond?

For more information, check out www.northeastwildfire.org/1947-fire, a resource offered by the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact Training Working Team.

 

Hosted by NAFSE and NFPPC

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Sep
20
2:00 PM14:00

Webinar - The Years Maine Burned: Fire History and Geography in the North Atlantic

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Lloyd Irland presented information on the changing geography of fire in the Northern Forest, with a focus on the 1947 fire season in Maine and other landmark events. Irland addressed extreme fire behavior, the relationship between fire danger and the growing wildland-urban interface, and other factors in the megafires of the North Atlantic. See webinar recording below.

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Fire & Fuels Monitoring Workshop
Jun
6
to Jun 8

Fire & Fuels Monitoring Workshop

Fire & Fuels Monitoring Workshop - CHECK OUT THE RECAP BLOG HERE!

  • June 6-8, 2017

Albany Pine Bush Preserve

 

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 was 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 were be joined by Brian Stearns, Wildland Fire Module Leader for the Huron-Manistee National Forests 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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

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

Field Trip: Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens

Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens - CHECK OUT THE RECAP BLOG HERE!

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

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
Audio recording of discussion.

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 (presentation videos linked below)
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.      Panel discussion
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 

 

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

 

 

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 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

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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.

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

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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Webinar recording below:

Fire history animation of Barnegat and Mullica watersheds below:

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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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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