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Workshop/Field Trip: Flat Rock Jack Pine Wildfire

Flat Rock Fire Workshop and Field Trip

  • September 13th-14th, 2019 near Altona, NY (upstate)






This site is amazing and literally unlike any other pine barrens – a 3,000-acre contiguous jack pine heath barrens growing on less than 3 inches of organic matter on top of a largely exposed sandstone pavement. The understory is a continuous carpet of blueberry and huckleberry, with sphagnum and cotton grass bogs scattered throughout. The site is owned by the NY DEC Division of Lands and Forests and a private research facility, The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute.  Miner maintains a cooperative agreement with SUNY Plattsburgh, which has spent decades studying and using the site. There are a variety of SUNY professors studying all aspects of the site, including the effects of the wildfire. The state lands are managed by the NY DEC Division of Lands and Forests, but fire protection and law enforcement is done by the NY DEC Forest Rangers. The site is ~15 miles north of Plattsburgh. The 2018 fire was >500 acres and covered both the state and Miner properties.

The Flat Rock Fire Workshop is being generously hosted by the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, New York. There is no cost to attend, but we ask that you please pre-register for the field trip so that we can have an accurate headcount for lunches, which the Miner Institute is graciously providing. CHECK OUT the working agenda below to see what is in store for this event! Also see the LODGING INFORMATION after the agenda. Hope to see you there!


Friday, September 13, 2019 – Science Symposium and Panel Discussion

11:00-12:00 Optional tour of W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute facilities
12:00-1:00 Optional lunch meet & greet among presenters and participants

Science Symposium

1:00-4:30 Afternoon symposium and student poster session on fire science, fire ecology at Flat Rock.
Presentation topics will include:
- Jack pine regeneration studies comparing silviculture, emulating disturbance, human history, comparison to actual post-fire conditions
- Geology and geomorphology of Flat Rock
- Benefits of pine barren management for fuels & pyrodiversity 
- Jack pine/pitch pine range extents
- Jack pine regen following fire, snow manipulation & seedling survival
- Deer exclosures
- Fire chronosequence
- Entomology

4:30-6:30 Free time, dinner OYO
6:30-7:00 – Reception 

Panel Discussion

7:00-8:30 Fire in Society: An evening community panel discussion focused on the wildfire, operations, and what it means to the community. What happened? Could it happen again? What if it happened again? 
Invited speakers include:
- Ellen Adams, historian at the Miner Museum 
- Greg Spinner, Chief of Altona VFD 
- Dave Russell, NYS Forest Rangers, IC for 2018 wildfire
- Jared Booth, NYS Forest Ranger, on 2018 wildfire
- Kim Coleman, natural resources planner, SUNY-Plattsburgh

Saturday, September 14, 2019 – Field Trip: Pre-registration is required for the field trip. The Miner Institute is generously providing lunch for this event.

8:00-8:30 Sign-in, field trip overview, plan carpools to Flat Rock Field Trip
8:30-9:00 Travel to Flat Rock stop 1.
9:00-3:00 Stops will feature “outdoor classroom” discussions of:
- Fuel loads and fuels management
- Fire ecology of jack pine barrens
- Resource management, suppression impacts (e.g. dozer line)
- WUI, community wildfire protection planning
- How can we manage Flat Rock for multiple objectives of ecological integrity and human safety? 

12:30 Lunch at Altona Fire Department -Operations base from 2018 wildfire
1:45 Dam – pitch pine, ice storm, cone crushing
2:45 Wrap-up
3:00 Travel back to Miner
3:30 Adjourn

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Comfort Inn in Plattsburgh, 411 NY-3, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, (518) 562-2730. The hold is under Miner Institute Flat Rock and the cost is $130/night for rooms with 2 queen beds. Reservations for the room block must be made by September 6.

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NAFSE Sessions at the 3rd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop
to Oct 24

NAFSE Sessions at the 3rd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop

NAFSE Sessions on Communications and Partnerships at the 3rd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop

  • October 21st-24th, 2019 in Plymouth, MA

NAFSE helped organize two sessions and a talk at the upcoming Cohesive Strategy Workshop to be held in Plymouth, MA Oct-21-24th. We will also have a table where you can peruse the latest research briefs, ask about networking opportunities, and get your friends to sign up for our mailing list!

  1. The first session is one hour and is entitled PROMOTING PARTNERS: A Necessity and Advantage for the Eastern Fire Science Exchanges and features examples of how partnerships have helped scientists and managers connect or advance their objectives in the Appalachian, Southern and North Atlantic fire science exchanges.

  2. The second session is a two-hour COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING sponsored by the Appalachian and North Atlantic Exchanges and run by COMPASS, a communications training company that has a stellar reputation for training scientists and managers in the wildland fire world. This is your chance to gain more confidence communicating essential messages about fire science and management! See and share the postcard below!

  3. NAFSE's Erin Lane has put together a talk on a successful project in Maine demonstrating co-production of science with managers.

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Training: ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management
to Dec 5

Training: ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management

SAVE THE DATE: ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management 

  • December 3-5, 2019 - South Portland, ME

This wildly successful training will be held again this year in cooperation with the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact in early December. This is a three day training covering the following topics:

Tuesday: ESRI Mobile Applications for Wildland Fire Management
Wednesday: Operationalizing ESRI Decision-Support Tools
Thursday: Get Ready for GISS

Stay tuned for registration details.

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Webinar: Investigating the Fire History of Western Maryland
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: Investigating the Fire History of Western Maryland

Webinar - Thursday June 20th at noon with Dr. Lauren Howard of Acadia University


Understanding the historic context of fire in forests is important for designing and getting public buy-in for future controlled burns. In this webinar, Dr. Lauren Howard from Arcadia University will explain how fire histories are investigated and constructed, using Catoctin Mountain Park in western Maryland as an example. Catoctin is representative of many fire-adapted oak-pine forests in the Appalachians where fires haven’t burned in a long time, but where fires used to be very common. Trends in historic fire patterns at Catoctin will be presented and explained.

Stay tuned for virtual field trip to accompany webinar.

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Field Trip: The Dome in the Green Mountain National Forest
8:30 AM08:30

Field Trip: The Dome in the Green Mountain National Forest

Field trip to the Dome: Green Mountain National Forest

***Due to the inclement weather forecast for Friday, we are exploring options for an indoor meeting space. Updates will be posted here. Please contact Amanda Mahaffey at with immediate questions.***

On Friday, May 10, 2019, our friends at the Green Mountain National Forest will host a field trip for a small cadre of monitoring enthusiasts to hike The Dome and share thoughts on the history, recent burn, and future monitoring activities in this ecosystem.

Space is extremely limited, and FFT2 or greater fireline quals may be required. If you are interested in participating in this NAFSE field trip, please contact Amanda Mahaffey at

The Dome is a mountainside areas within the Green Mountain National Forest home to oak forest with significant ecological value. This spring, a prescribed burn will be conducted to enhance habitat for wildlife and rare plants, and to counteract the mesophication of this stand.

The planned management activities provide an excellent opportunity for fire scientists and managers to explore questions related to fire and fuels monitoring techniques to capture first- and second-order fire effects.

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NAFSE Field Trip – Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown, Rhode Island
8:30 AM08:30

NAFSE Field Trip – Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown, Rhode Island


“Established in 1970, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge consists of 858 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats including grasslands, shrub lands, wooded swamps and freshwater ponds.” Ninigret Website



Dave Walker, Fire Managament Officer, monitors the burn. Taken on March 31, 2012 at Ninigret NWR. Photo Credit: Juancarlos Giese, USFWS

Dave Walker, Fire Managament Officer, monitors the burn. Taken on March 31, 2012 at Ninigret NWR. Photo Credit: Juancarlos Giese, USFWS

8:30 Optional group breakfast. Hungry Haven Restaurant (pay as you go)
9:30 registration, meet & greet, check out exhibits. Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, 50 Bend Road, Charleston, RI
10:00 Welcome, introductions
10:10 Presentations

  • Overview of Refuge system 

  • USFWS Forest Inventory program 

  • Regional perspective on science-based fire management for Region 5 

  • Fire history in Rhode Island

  • State lands management 

  • Overview of pitch pine forest & shrubland management at Ninigret 

  • Site overview - field trip stops 

  • Q&A, discussion

11:45 Bag lunch time (BYO, or optional pizza order)
12:30 Head to field
12:45 Lewis Tract - pitch pine forest 

  • Stop 1- Unmanaged site (no treatment)

  • Stop 2 - WUI/neighbors 

  • Stop 3 - Spring 2018 burn - 19 ac (thin & burn)

  • Stop 4 - Managed site (thinning) 

2:15 to Salt Pond Unit via Kettle Pond Visitor Center for vehicle pickup
2:30 Salt Pond Unit 

  • Walk to junction of Grassy Point & Cross Refuge Trail

  • Rare plant site, 0.5 ac burned every 3 yrs. 

    • Shrubland habitat burned to promote regeneration

    • Invasives controls

3:45 Wrap-up (in-field)
4:00 End, or optional visit to New England cottontail Pen ->4:45

Suggested Lodging


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

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

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

Photo by Nick Skowronski

Photo by Nick Skowronski

Check out our blog post by Marie Cook for her reaction to this workshop!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

Field Trip: Experimental wind tunnel tour for wildland fire applications


Field Trip: Experimental wind tunnel tour for wildland fire applications

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

Hosted by Dr. Albert Simeoni - Worcester, Massachusetts


Intro Presentation

Lab Intro

Combustion Lab

Fire Propagation 1

Fire Propagation 2

Fire Propagation 3

Wind Tunnel Intro

Wind Tunnel Experiment Demo

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

Cost: Free. 

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

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

Field Trip - Montague Plains, Massachusetts

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


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


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

  1. Montague Plains WMA Fact Sheet with pertinent references

  2. Montague Plains WMA management plan

  3. NAFSE webinar on Fauna and fire at Montague Plains

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

Additional resource:

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

Cost: Free. Lunch on your own.

Travel funding is not available for this event.

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

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1:00 PM13:00

Field Trip - Cape Cod National Seashore

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


Photo by Dr. Bill Patterson

Photo by Dr. Bill Patterson

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

Cost: Free. Lunch on your own.

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National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Workshop
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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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. 

Click here for the flyer to share!

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: 

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, a resource offered by the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact Training Working Team.


Hosted by NAFSE and NFPPC

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Fire & Fuels Monitoring Workshop
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 ( 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
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
-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
1230-1330            Data processing
1330-1415             Unit work
1415-1430             Break
– load ppts if applicable
1430-1545            Monitoring protocol presentations
1545-1600            Final thoughts


  • 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 ( 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:
Travel assistance can be applied for through the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact; please visit for more information.
Please visit this page for updates on this workshop. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Mahaffey, or (207)432-3701.


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Field Trip: Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens
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

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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Workshop - Burning Issue: Sparking effective communication about prescribed fire
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.


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

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

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Field Trip: History of fire management at Camp Edwards
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.

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.


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Fire Science Exchange Day Field trip: New Brunswick, Canada
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 -

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 ( if you are interested in reserving a room block in Houlton.

To register: Please forward your names and email information to, by August 31, 2016.
Cost: Free, BBQ included. Lodging OYO.

Directions to Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex Theatre: Click here.

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Workshop: Fire in Oak - Regional differences, local applicability
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

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

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

11:45   Lunch

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

1:30      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

John Neely, USDA Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest


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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November Capstone Workshop, Stockton University, NJ
to Nov 6

November Capstone Workshop, Stockton University, NJ

  • 101 Vera King Farris Dr Galloway, NJ, 08205 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

Did you attend? We need your feedback to continually improve our fire science communication effectiveness. Please fill out the evaluation here.

DAY 1  - Wednesday 11/4 - Field trip

7:30   Registration
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
4:30  Adjourn

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
>Bill Patterson.ppt
9:30     Panel - Fire Science and Management in NJ
●      Facilitator:  Nick Skowronski
●      Ken Clark - Lessons from Silas Little
>Ken Clark.ppt
●      Bob Zampella - Cultural influence on the ecological evolution of the Pine Barrens
>Bob Zampella.ppt
●      Maris Gabliks - Fire suppression and RxB in NJ
>Maris Gabliks.ppt
10:45  Break
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
>Tim Simmons.ppt
●      Neil Gifford - Albany Pine Bush
>Neil Gifford.ppt
●      Ben Jones - Fire and deer in Pennsylvania
>Ben Jones.ppt
2:30    Break
2:45    Common ground in Fire Adapted Communities
>Bill Brash.ppt
>Wendy Fulks.ppt
3:45    Wrap-up
4:00   Adjourn

DAY 3 Friday 11/6- Stockton Forest

7:30     Registration
8:00     Welcome, presentation
8:45     Field visit - Stockton Forest Stewardship Project
12:00   Lunch and discussion
1:00     Adjourn


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Field Trip: Pitch Pine- Oak Management in Central Pennsylvania, Habitat Restoration in Progress
10:00 AM10:00

Field Trip: Pitch Pine- Oak Management in Central Pennsylvania, Habitat Restoration in Progress

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: 

Email: or call 717-418-0625 to register for the field trip by Aug 21. See the flyer below for more information.             

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Field Trip: Contrasting consequences of wildfire seasonality - NJ
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip: Contrasting consequences of wildfire seasonality - NJ

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.

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