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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.

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.

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