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

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

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

Participant List.pdf>

Presenter bios.pdf>


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

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

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

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

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

Smoke, Weather, & Planning Tools
Smoke Dispersion Modeling: A Brief Review. Mike Kiefer, Michigan State University.> Keifer_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. 


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 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>