Spring/Summer Webinar Series - Fine Scale, Big Scale: Wildland Fire Dynamics Research for Informed Management
May
2
to Jul 25

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

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NAFSE is excited to offer 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 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, 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

Next Webinar:

Progress towards precision measurements of radiant energy flows in wildland fires: History and current state of the art

  • Tuesday, May 29th 12:00 EDT presented by Dr. Bob Kremens, Rochester Institute of Technology

Webinar link: https://forestguild.mitel-nhwc.com/join/xmbjymm; for audio, use your phone to dial 1-713-481-0080 and passcode 9143263#.

Webinar Series

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

Blog recap>
Presentation.pdf>
Audio recording>

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

Presentation.pdf>
Webinar Recording>

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 

Webinar link: https://forestguild.mitel-nhwc.com/join/xmbjymm; for audio, use your phone to dial 1-713-481-0080 and passcode 9143263#.

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 

Webinar link: https://forestguild.mitel-nhwc.com/join/cxhwbsv; for audio, use your phone to dial 1-713-481-0080 and passcode 9143263#.

5. Wednesday, June 27th12:00 EDT Measurement of Fire Spread Phenomena at the Laboratory Scale. - Dr. Rory Hadden, University of Edinburgh 

Webinar link: https://forestguild.mitel-nhwc.com/join/fbvfxkv; for audio, use your phone to dial 1-713-481-0080 and passcode 9143263#. 

6. Wednesday, July 11th12:00 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 

Webinar link: https://forestguild.mitel-nhwc.com/join/kfjpvym; for audio, use your phone to dial 1-713-481-0080 and passcode 9143263#. 

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 

Webinar link: https://forestguild.mitel-nhwc.com/join/rkwrjbv; for audio, use your phone to dial 1-713-481-0080 and passcode 9143263#. 

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 

Webinar link: https://forestguild.mitel-nhwc.com/join/bwtzwhm; for audio, use your phone to dial 1-713-481-0080 and passcode 9143263#. 

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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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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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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

Presentation.pdf>

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.

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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.  Grissino-Mayer_slides.pdf>

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

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.

 

 

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

Presentation.pdf>

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

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.

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The Allegheny Society of American Foresters Annual Summer Meeting
Sep
14
to 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.

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Fire Science Exchange Day Field trip: New Brunswick, Canada
Sep
14
8:00 AM08:00

Fire Science Exchange Day Field trip: 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.

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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. 

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

Workshop: Fire in Oak - Regional differences, local applicability

  • 1 Rabbit Hill Rd. Westborough, MA 01581 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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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.

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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.

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Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting
Feb
16
to Feb 17

Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting

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 >

 

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