Copy of Prescribed Fire Management in Sandplain Grasslands and Heathlands: Impacts of Burn Seasonality and Intensity on Vegetation Composition, Head of the Plains, Nantucket MA

The effectiveness of prescribed fire as a tool for maintaining sandplain grasslands and coastal heathlands by reducing the encroachment of woody species and perpetuating important plant species has not been definitively documented (Dunwiddie, 1998; Niering & Dreyer, 1989; Vickery, 2002).

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Multi-scale analyses of wildland fire combustion processes in open-canopied forests using coupled and iteratively informed laboratory-, field-, and model-based approaches.

Skowronski , N. et al. Manuscript in preparation. Multi-scale analyses of wildland fire combustion processes in open-canopied forests using coupled and iteratively informed laboratory-, field-, and model-based approaches.

Abstract: The goals of this research are to: 1. Improve understanding of the processes driving heat transfer, ignition, thermal degradation, flaming and smoldering combustion, mass consumption, and fire propagation at the scale of individual fuel particles and fuel layers in low-intensity surface fires; 2. Develop an understanding of how fuel consumption is affected by spatial variability in fuel particle type, fuel moisture status, bulk density, and horizontal and vertical arrangement of fuel components in low-intensity surface fires; 3. Increase understanding of the effects of multi-scale atmospheric dynamics, including ambient and fire- and forest overstory-induced turbulence, on fire spread and convective heat transfer in low-intensity surface fires, and; 4. Ensure that the measurements undertaken support the development and validation of physics-based fire behavior models using an iterative approach consisting of laboratory, field, and model simulations.

https://www.researchgate.net/project/Multi-scale-Analyses-of-Wildland-Fire-Combustion-Processes-in-Open-canopied-Forests-using-Coupled-and-Iteratively-Informed-Laboratory-Field-and-Model-based-Approaches

The estimation of burn severity using satellite imagery in a temperate deciduous forest.

New methods for evaluating burn severity across broad spatial extents, using satellite imagery, have enabled new opportunities for wildland fire managers and researchers.  While numerous studies have calibrated burn severity for forest types of the western United States, comparatively little research has been conducted in forest types of eastern US, where seasonality modulates wildfire occurrence and reflectance patterns of vegetation. 

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A Vegetative Fuelbreak Protecting the Town of Bar Harbor, Maine – Acadia National Park, ME

Abstract: The Bar Harbor Fire of 1947 burned a total of 17,188 acres (10,000 in Acadia National Park), killed three people, and destroyed 237 homes and the Jackson Laboratory on Mount Desert Island, Maine. The fire caused 23 million dollars in damages (1947 dollars). The volatile conifer forest that covered much of Mount Desert Island and contributed to the intensity of the fire was replaced by early successional species. Acadia National Park is evaluating the potential for using a deciduous fuelbreak to prevent a future fire from causing comparable damage.

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Monitoring Protocols for the Ossipee and Waterboro Pine Barrens

Abstract: Fire suppression during the last 50-100 years has changed the composition and structure of northeastern pine barrens, a globally rare and fire-dependent natural community that provides habitat for numerous rare and declining Lepidopteran, plant and early successional/shrubland bird species. These changes have resulted in a number of deleterious effects to the natural community, including an increase in canopy cover and organic soils and the proliferation of tree species less tolerant of fire (such as red maple, white pine, red oak, aspen, and American beech).

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An Assessment of the Impact of Fire on Rare Lepidoptera in the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve

Abstract: The Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve, managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), was once part of a much larger pine barrens ecosystem. Currently, the pine barrens stretch across the towns of Madison, Freedom, Ossipee, and Tamworth in Carroll County, New Hampshire. The pine barrens ecosystem is an imperiled rare natural community that was historically maintained by fire. Pitch pine, the dominant tree in the pine barrens, is well adapted to a fire regime. Scrub oak and blueberry, the dominant shrub and ground cover, can also flourish post-fire. 

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November 2017 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:


NAFSE's Activities:  Maine Events, Meetings, JFSP publication
NAFSE's Upcoming Events:  Igniting Exchange Partners Meeting, Webinar
Upcoming Events: Conferences, Training Courses
In The News: The Year Maine Burned, Mashpee Habitat, Monster Wildfire, Months-long CT Wildfire, Meet Nick Skowronski
Grant Opportunity: The Northeastern Area Request for Project Proposals
LANDFIRE: Data Call
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: App for Fuel Monitoring
Photos: Recent NAFSE and Regional Events

Prescribed fire effects: Aspen’s varied response

This research brief helps set the stage for our Maine fire history panel and field trip. The research covered here focuses on short and long-term prescribed fire effects on aspen regeneration. There is very little research on prescribed fire and aspen, so this long-term study is an important one!

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Monitoring techniques: Using citizen science to gather fuels data

Technology is a wonderful thing. Especially if it makes your job easier. Check out this research brief on a smartphone app designed to engage the public in estimating forest fuels. See how well professionals compared to non-professionals while using the app.

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July 2017 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:
NAFSE's Activities:  Long Island Workshop, Fire and Fuels Monitoring Workshop, Cohesive Strategy Workshop, All-Exchange Meeting, Webinar
NAFSE's Upcoming Events: Maine Workshop, Igniting Exchange: Call for Presentations
Upcoming Events: Conferences, Training Courses
In The News: Around the World, LI Pine Barrens, Tending to the Land, Karner Blue
LANDFIRE: Webinars for YOU
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: LanDAT
Around our Region: Update from Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Photos: Recent NAFSE and Regional Events

April 2017 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:
NAFSE's Activities:  Burning Issues Talks Posted, Webinars
NAFSE's Upcoming Events: Webinar, Workshop, Field trip
Upcoming Events: Conferences, Webinars, Training Courses
Call for Input: Prescribed Fire Materials Survey
In The News: Mapping Rx Fires, Human Ignitions, 1963 Newsreel, Stockton Student Video, Teaching Children to 'Play' with Fire
New Tool: Eastern Area Prescribed Fire Burn Window
Job Announcement: Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact Executive Director
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: US Fire Administration's National Emergency Training Center Library, Fire History of the Appalachian Region
Photos: Recent NAFSE and Regional Events

Social science: Fire and fuel management communication strategies

Don't miss this follow-up to our recent Burning Issues workshop, where we focused on prescribed fire messaging. This brief describes the results of a paper by Dr. Eric Toman and colleagues looking at the best ways to communicate fire and fuel management information to the public. Be more effective in communicating your program! Read this brief!

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February 2017 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:


NAFSE's Activities: Camp Edwards Field Trip Recap, Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact, Webinars
Interview: Ann Camp: Afire for teaching
NAFSE's Upcoming Events: Workshop, Webinars, Field trip
Upcoming Events: Conferences, Webinars, Training Courses
Call for Input: Tree mortality data needed, FEIS syntheses suggestions
In The News: Stockton University, Martha's Vineyard, Long Island, George Zimmermann
Job Announcement: MA Prescribed Fire Ecologist
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: LANDIS-II spatial disturbance and succession model

Suppression science: Effects of Suppression on the Ecology of the Wildland Urban Interface

Check out this month's research brief focusing on how effective suppression in the wildland urban interface results in different forest ecology in these areas. Dr. Inga La Puma and colleagues used a 50 year spatial fire history to investigate how distance from development was related to fire frequency and forest composition.

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October 2016 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:


NAFSE's Activities: Canadian Fire Science Exchange Day, JFSP Governing Board Field Trip, Webinars
Interview: Tim Simmons: Conservation Ecologist with a Passion for Fire
NAFSE's Upcoming Events: Webinars, Field trips, and Workshops
Upcoming Events: Conferences, Webinars, Training Courses
Funding Opportunities: JFSP and NPS
Call for Research: Identifying Research Gaps in the North Atlantic
In The News: Great Swamp, Albany Pine Bush, Pennsylvania Game Commission
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: Rx Fire Smoke Management Pocket Guide