Department of Natural Resources Conservation University of Massachusetts at Amherst
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
FOREST 698: PRACTICUM
Pine-oak forests comprise 46% of the vegetation of Cape Cod National Seashore. Flammable ericaceous shrubs, especially Gaylussachia baccata, dominate the understories and combined with heavy litter fuel loads increase the probability of intense surface fires. Past research has evaluated the use of brush cutting and prescribed burning to reduce fire hazard and to construct custom fuel models to predict fire behavior. Results suggest that the two treatments combined will better accomplish this goal than when they are applied separately. The goal of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of combined treatments.
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest JFSP Report: "Wildland Fuel Management Options for the Central Plains of Martha’s Vineyard: Impacts on Fuel Loads, Fire Behavior and Rare Plant and Insect Species" (Patterson, Clarke, Haggerty, et al. May 2005)
Eighty-three page final report submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation - 2005
Final report to Joint Fire Science Program, 2004
Alteration of natural habitats by woody invasive plants is a concern for land managers throughout the northeastern United States. Invasive species – both native and exotic – can adversely impact plant communities and alter fire regimes. Although there is some information on the impacts of invasive species on habitats in the Northeast, few studies have addressed best management practices for controlling or eliminating these species and no studies have evaluated their impacts on fire regimes.
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 email@example.com 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.
Summary: 1) In 2005, Science and Stewardship Department staff initiated a comprehensive research project aimed at documenting the effectiveness of prescribed fire in maintaining globally rare sandplain grasslands and heathlands at Head of the Plains.Read More
The geomorphology and surficial geology of 7 savannas in the Mullica and Oswego River basins was surveyed using airphoto analysis, soil augering, radiocarbon dating, and topographic profiling.Read More
In this study, the history of a savanna is traced using pollen and charcoal preserved in peat, especially to determine whether it predates Euroamerican clearing in the region, and to evaluate the importance of fire in its establishment and maintenance.Read More
Until 2011, Nantucket shadbush was listed as a species of “Special Concern” in Massachusetts, under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. While it is still considered uncommon throughout much of its range, recent surveys have led to the removal of its “Special Concern” status. However it still remains ranked “1” for rarity in the northeast, and the island of Nantucket is likely home to some of the largest and healthiest populationsRead More
An important factor on whether or not an intense surface fire with cause torching of individual trees, which can lead to the development of a crown fire, is the moisture content of the foliage in the overstory trees. The moisture content of the foliage of pitch pine (Pinus rigida Mill), white pine (Pinus strobus L.) and red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) was examined at Acadia National Park, Maine.Read More
Vegetation, landcover, and fuels were mapped within an 8,166-acre area of the Ossipee Pine Barrens in Carroll County, New Hampshire. The Nature Conservancy divides the Ossipee Pine Barrens landscape into three sections: White Lake State Park, Pine Barrens East, and the West Branch Pine Barrens. The mapping area covers the entire West Branch Pine Barrens, and a small portion of Pine Barrens EastRead More
Abstract: The Ossipee Pine Barrens, a globally rare natural community type occurring in east central New Hampshire, once covered an estimated 2,800 hectares (ha). Habitat conversion has reduced the barrens to approximately 800 ha and habitat fragmentation and fire suppression have significantly degraded what remains.Read More