Do prescribed fires create long-term carbon losses from the forest? How about insect defoliations? How long does it take a forest to re-capture that carbon from the atmosphere? Dr. Kenneth Clark and his fellow researchers investigated all of this and more with their latest research in the pinelands of New Jersey. Click below to access the brief.
What fire research is most needed in our region? Read this report to delve into the perspectives of NAFSE’s community and to discover a response. Jessica Charpentier, student at Antioch University of New England, used a scientific approach to analyze available information for her service learning project. Managers make decisions using sound research and identifying needs for more research can call attention to the gaps. This study shows that increasing research in two areas could most improve prescribed burn implementation. The two needs are: a) regionally specific experimental prescribed fire and post-burn monitoring, and b) research on public knowledge gaps and strategies for influencing attitudes. Read the full report for more details.
Contact Jess Charpentier at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Also included here is the compilation of available grey literature that Jess Charpentier put together which has been posted to the Reports and Data section of our website.
Some animals like an open canopy and some don't! For those that do, mechanical thinning and prescribed fire can help create and maintain the habitat they need. This month's research brief covers a study by Dr. Micheal Akresh and his fellow researchers tracking the habitat preferences of the Eastern hognose snake in the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area in Western Massachusetts.
Check out this research brief on Dr. Eric Mueller's most recent paper describing the instrumentation needed to measure prescribed burns in the pinelands of New Jersey. This type of research would not be possible without the help of local managers and should help them understand how fire will behave in their system.
WELCOME TO TICK SEASON IN THE NORTHEAST! Tick-borne disease is a huge issue in our region and prescribed fire could be one way to decrease tick densities for several years. Check out the latest NAFSE research brief on a study by Shane Tripp highlighting the interactions between prescribed fire and ticks in the North Atlantic region.
For another great resource on ticks and prescribed fire check out our March webinarpresented by Dr. Liz Gleim.
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!
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.
Have you thought about prescribed burning your area this summer? Don't miss this month's research brief on a paper by Neill, Patterson and Crary highlighting how burning in different seasons and with different frequencies affects soils.
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!
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.
This month we highlight smoke science from the Pinelands of New Jersey where smoke impacts are never far from our minds. This research, brought to us by Dr. Warren Heilman of the USDA Forest Service's Northern Research Station along with his fellow researchers, highlights important observations of how turbulence forms in different types of fires, and how this research might be used in the future.
This is the latest research brief in our Canadian focused line-up, which also includes a field trip and webinar in September to share compelling fire science between the U.S. and Canada in the North Atlantic region. This research brief summarizes a paper by Lloyd Irland, which focused on the fire history of extreme fires in New England, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
This brief is part of our Canadian focused line-up, which also includes a field trip and webinar in September 2016 to share compelling fire science between the U.S. and Canada in the North Atlantic region. This research brief is part of that effort and focuses on municipal level wildland-urban interface delineation in Nova Scotia. It is a cross-cutting topic that can apply to any city, town, or neighborhood in need of a sound method to prioritize resources in fire-fighting or mitigation.
For this brief, we highlighted an example of a local research project in Connecticut investigating silvicultural treatments in combination with prescribed fire. Dr. Jeffrey Ward's project used local forests to investigate fire effects on sprouting and survival.
This brief covers the current scientific understanding of fire in oak ecosystems. It covers highlights from the recent Joint Fire Science Program funded Fire-Oak Synthesis by Brose, Dey, and Waldrop from 2014.
Click here to check out NAFSE's February 2016 research brief. This month we searched for a recent paper using LANDFIRE data in preparation for our March 16th webinar highlighting the LANDFIRE resource. We found a very recent paper out of Wisconsin by Tracy Hmielowski and colleagues using LANDFIRE vegetation and fire return intervals to help pinpoint high priority areas for prescribed fire in the WUI, and throughout the state. Don't miss this brief describing Hmielowski et. al.'s methods to find out how you might be able to use them for your own area!
Click here to check out NAFSE's January 2016 research brief. This month we look at a smoke model review from 2012 by Dr. Scott Goodrick (USDA Forest Service) and colleagues which details the applicability and assumptions of smoke models in use today. Great information on the latest in smoke models!
Check out NAFSE's December research brief highlighting an informative report that came out of the USDA Forest Service's Southern Research Station: Managing smoke at the wildland-urban interface by Dale Wade and Hugh Mobley. This paper provides a template for sound decisions regarding smoke management in the wildland-urban interface.
Check out NAFSE's July research brief highlighting this Peters et. al (2013) paper on modeling wildfire ignition risk across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Authors: Inga La Puma, author of the brief; Peters MP, Iverson LR, Matthews SN, Prasad AM, authors of the research article.
Check out this June research brief focusing in perceptions of risk in the Plymouth, MA wildland urban interface. This study used a survey to ascertain how residents viewed fuel treatments and prescribed fire near their homes.
Authors: Inga La Puma, author of the brief; Brian Blanchard and Robert Ryan, authors of the article