SAVE THE DATE! REGISTRATION COMING SOON!
- January 30th-February 1st, 2018
Call for Presentations!
The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange are seeking presenters for sessions at our 2018 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 must be relevant for fire managers and scientists in the North Atlantic region of the United States and Canada.
We invite you to submit your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15th, 2017. Abstracts should include presentation title, presenter contact information, and a 300-word maximum abstract of your proposed presentation, including a focus on application of research to management. Please indicate which themes your presentation fits when submitting.
Lessons from Gatlinburg
25-minute presentations followed by panel discussion.
The focus of this session is to use the 2016 wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee as an incident in which to highlight every angle of science used and/or needed during the incident. For example, operations challenges with emergency management research implications; fire history, meteorological, and management conditions leading up to the event; after-action fire effects and social implications.
Smoke, Weather, & Planning Tools
20-minute presentations plus brief Q&A.
Smoke is an ever-present issue for the North Atlantic region, where we are never far from the wildland-urban interface. Managers want to know what tools are out there to help plan and execute successful prescribed fire operations, as well as meet or exceed expectations from state air quality monitors. Real-time weather applications for wild and prescribed fire as well as planning tools are all of interest to managers.
Spatial Tools for Fire Management
15-minute presentations plus Q&A.
Remotely-sensed data from satellites and spatial monitoring and modeling using geographic information systems are becoming more and more useful for landscape planning as well as fire effects monitoring. LiDaR can estimate structure and spectral indices can indicate health. All of these technologies are of interest to managers and wildfire scientists.
Fire, Fuels, & Silvicultural Tools
15-minute presentations plus Q&A.
What does it take to enter a forest and burn for the first time in 30 years? How do we prevent widespread insect damage and fuel loading? What silvicutural tools are designed to emulate fire and why? These are some of the questions managers in the region need answered.
Open Topic Sessions
15-minute presentations plus brief Q&A.
Highly-relevant topics that don’t fit into a particular theme, but that should be ‘known to everyone’ in our region and beyond. E.g. fire and invasives, fire ecology and decision-making, climate and fire, etc.
7-minute “flash talks.”
Quick 7-minute talks on a current problem in management that needs scientific help, or a science problem that needs managers help. Also welcome are quick updates on well-known places or topics in the region.
10-minute interactive presentations.
Similar to the ‘gadget hour,’ these 10-minute talks will describe the latest and greatest in technological research in wildland fire science. Managers and scientists that have created their own technological tricks to find out what they need to know are welcome to share.
Submit your abstract today to email@example.com!
Stay tuned for registration information.
Fire & Fuels Monitoring Workshop
- 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.
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
0845-1015 Metric selection
1015-1045 Orientation walk
1045-1130 Monitoring prep for baseline plots in thinned and burned scrub-oak
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
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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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).
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, email@example.com or (207)432-3701.
Presented by Neil Gifford, Conservation Director at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
- May 25th 12PM to 1PM Eastern - Video of Webinar Below!
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.
Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens
Long Island’s Pine Barrens evolved as an extraordinary ecosystem dependent on fire. Today, the natural processes are altered by human communities, fire suppression and safety efforts, and threats such as the southern pine beetle. Join us for an evening discussion, panel presentations, and afternoon field trip exploring the challenges and opportunities for keeping the pine in the Pine Barrens.
- May 3-4, 2017 -Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00-8:00PM
Fire Management in the Wildland-Urban Interface
An evening conversation featuring:
Tim Kelly, Deputy Fire Chief, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Tom Gerber, Section Warden, New Jersey Division of Forestry, Forest Fire Service
Alex Entrup, Senior Specialist, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC
Thursday May 4, 7:30AM-4:00PM
7:30 a.m. Participants begin arriving at BNL
8:15 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m. Panel 1: Restoring Pine in the Pine Barrens (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
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
Connect to Webinar - No registration or passcode needed – please choose “Guest Login” and type in your First and Last name
Aspen is a ubiquitous component of many forest types across northeastern North America, including many fire-dependent ecosystems, and contributes a range of ecosystem services from habitat provisioning to fiber supplies. This talk will discuss the wide range of sites where aspen (Populus grandidentata and P. tremuloides) currently exists and the historic role of fire and other disturbances in generating a complex of stand age and compositional conditions within aspen forests. Much of the seminar will draw from the long history of work with aspen forests in the Lake States region; however, the development of aspen-dominated forests in New England landscapes will also be briefly discussed.
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
Presented by Dr. Brent Ruby, University of Montana
Dr. Ruby will present his informative webinar on the physiological limits of wildland firefighters and how to address energy loss on the fireline.
Webinar - Seasonality of Fire: Growing Season Burns in Oak-Pine Barrens and Jack Pine Barrens
- February 14th, 2017 12PM Eastern presented by Jack McGowan-Stinski of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium
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.
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.
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
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
The cost $60.00 will include refreshments at the breaks. Lunch (not included) is available from vendors at the meeting facility.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Presented by Dr. Mike Stambaugh and Joe Marschall of the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium
- January 17th at 12PM Eastern
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.
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.
- 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.
Webinar recording below:
Fire history animation of Barnegat and Mullica watersheds below:
- 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!
320 Green Street
Athens, GA 30602-2044
- 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:
- 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.
JFSP Reports from the Forest's Stewards Guild:
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
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.
Allegheny Society of American Foresters Annual Summer Meeting Program
“Forest Management for Productivity and Resilience”
September 14 -16, 2016 -- The Westin, Mount Laurel, NJ
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.
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.
0800-0815 Registration, BYO coffee (Tim Horton’s available in building)
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>
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in reserving a room block in Houlton.
To register: Please forward your names and email information to, Stephen.email@example.com by August 31, 2016.
Cost: Free, BBQ included. Lodging OYO.
Directions to Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex Theatre: Click here.
- July 27, 2016 at 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 11 PM MT
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.
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
3:45 Depart for Westborough
4:00 Westborough, end of day
WORKING Agenda Thursday, June 16, 2016
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
Caren Caljouw, Habitat Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
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
Peter Grima, Service Forester, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Diane Burbank and Jeff Tilley, USDA Forest Service, Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests
12:40 Challenges for using fire in oak
Joel Carlson, Principal, Northeast Forest and Fire Management, LLC
John Scanlon, Habitat Program Leader, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
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
John Neely, USDA Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest
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
3:50 Wrap-up & Evaluation
Presented by: Dave King and Joan Milam, UMass research wildlife biologists
David I. King, PhD
Research Wildlife Biologist
USDA Forest Service
Northern Research Station
- 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.
Journal articles associated with this webinar:
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.
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.
The USDA Forest Service's Dr. Ken Clark, Dr. Nicholas Skowronski, and Michael Gallagher presented recent research at the Silas Little Experimental Forest highlighting 1) heat flux and turbulence measurements in the fire environment, 2) the impact of Southern Pine Beetle and Gypsy moth on hazardous fuel loads and fire danger, and 3) validation of remote sensing methods to evaluate fire severity and tree mortality in Pinelands forests.
February 4th: 12PM - 1PM
The annual Winter Training/Awareness Meeting of the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact will be held at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn in South Portland, ME for commissioners, working team members, and guests, on January 27-28, 2016. The meeting will be two full days preceded by Working Team meetings on Tuesday Jan 26th. An awards dinner banquet is scheduled for the last evening, on Thursday January 28th.
NAFSE held a three-day capstone workshop at Stockton University in New Jersey. The NAFSE team crafted this workshop to consist of talks and field trip opportunities highlighting fire science in our coastal pine barrens ecosystems. See this link for the field trip recaps and presentations are linked below each speaker in the agenda.
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DAY 1 - Wednesday 11/4 - Field trip
8:00 Welcome, set the stage for the day’s sites
8:45 Head out
9:15 Field Stop 1 – Pine Island Cranberry Co.
10:30 Field Stop 2 – Speedwell
12:00 Bag lunch & discussion – Coyle Field - FFS Aviation Facility
1:00 Field Stop 3 – Cedar Bridge tower
2:00 Field Stop 4 – Whiting
4:00 Wrap up and return to Stockton
DAY 2 - Thursday 11/5 - Stockton University
8:00 Registration opens
8:30 Welcome (NAFSE and Stockton)
8:45 Keynote - Bill Patterson - Opportunities for finding common ground in the fire science of NJ’s forests
9:30 Panel - Fire Science and Management in NJ
● Facilitator: Nick Skowronski
● Ken Clark - Lessons from Silas Little
● Bob Zampella - Cultural influence on the ecological evolution of the Pine Barrens
● Maris Gabliks - Fire suppression and RxB in NJ
11:00 Framing management objectives
11:40 Poster session
12:00 Lunch & poster session
1:00 Case studies panel
● Tim Simmons – Cape Cod collaboration, fire, and the New England cottontail
● Neil Gifford - Albany Pine Bush
● Ben Jones - Fire and deer in Pennsylvania
2:45 Common ground in Fire Adapted Communities
DAY 3 Friday 11/6- Stockton Forest
8:00 Welcome, presentation
8:45 Field visit - Stockton Forest Stewardship Project
12:00 Lunch and discussion
Presenters: Dr. Luke Dodd and Dr. Mike Lacki
- October 14th, 2015 11:00 AM EST
Drs. Luke Dodd and Mike Lacki presented during the NAFSE webinar, "Fire and the Northern Long-Eared Bat: Vulnerability and Management Considerations." The webinar included basic bat biology as it relates to forests and forest management. Our presenters highlighted ongoing and emerging work at study sites in Kentucky. This presentation also addressed management considerations regarding the Northern Long-eared Bat, a species whose recent listing affects land managers' use of fire and silviculture on the landscape.
(Map by US Fish and Wildlife Service)
Organized by the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council and co-sponsored by the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange and the Appalachian Fire Science Consortium, this will be an exciting trip to view restoration projects in action. We hope that many folks from the NAFSE region can attend so we are offering funding for travel upon approval.
Contact Amanda Mahaffey for funding requests: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email: email@example.com or call 717-418-0625 to register for the field trip by Aug 21. See the flyer below for more information.
In July we heard from Dr. Jenn Marlon on the response of forests and fire to climate changes and human activities in the North Atlantic.
Photo credit - Bob Williams
This field trip was on Tuesday July 28th, 2015 from 8-1pm near Atsion Recreation Area in Shamong Township, NJ.
We visited two nearby field sites with contrasting fire management and wildfire histories and learn from the perspectives of Ted Gordon, a leading authority on the habitats and flora of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and Tom Gerber, a Section Warden for the New Jersey Forest Fire Services.
Check out our virtual field trip to see where we went and what we discussed at each site.
Presenters: Dr. Inga La Puma and Dr. Nick Skowronski
This webinar aired June 5th (12pm) and was led by Inga La Puma and Nick Skowronski of the NAFSE leadership team. We covered the resources available on our new website as well as other online fire science resources and tools specific to the North Atlantic region.
Click below to view webinar recording.
(There is a visual glitch in the webinar recording during Nick's section. Scroll down to see the list of the links he refers to during the webinar.)
Fire Effects Research and Analysis Team, Fuel and Fire Tools:
Digital Photo Series:
FFI Ecological Monitoring Utilities:
Fire Effects Information System:
Forest Vegetation Simulator:
Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination (Fire perimiters):
Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity:
Thumbnail photo by Joel Carlson
The one-day field-based workshop on March 11, 2015 sponsored by NAFSE and SEMPBA focused on fire in land management, one of the unique features of the Pine Barrens ecosystem. We invited participation from the spectrum of land managers at work in the Pine Barrens, including municipal, state, federal, private, and non-governmental organizations, as well as fire scientists and managers from further afield. Presentations and field tour stops examined themes in restoration, habitat management, ecological goal-setting, prescribed burning techniques, and the potential for fire planning in the future of the Pine Barrens.
If you missed this field trip you can take a virtual field trip to find out more about the sites we visited.
Authors: Inga La Puma and Amanda Mahaffey North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange Field Trip, in cooperation with the Southeast Massachussets Pine Barrens Alliance