North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange – Fire Science Research Needs Synthesis Report

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.

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Contact Jess Charpentier at jcharpentier@antioch.edu 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.

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:
NAFSE's Activities:  Webinars and Field Trips
Funding Opportunity: FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant
CPAW: Community Planning Against Wildfire
Comm-rep Corner: NJ Audubon, Interview: Tom Gerber
Upcoming Events: Conferences, Training Courses
New Website Resources: NAFSE research page update
In The News: Skeletal remains, Southern Fire Exchange prescribed fire perspective, Post-Gatlinburg lessons, Wildfire smoke in most US states
Podcast: On the Line
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights
Photos: Cool photos from our region!

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Winter 2018 Newsletter

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In this month's Newsletter:
NAFSE's Activities:  Igniting Exchange Recap, Slides and Videos
Association for Fire Ecology: Conference Videos
Upcoming Events: Conferences, Webinars, Training Courses
In The News: 92-year-old Prescribed Fire Enthusiast, Fire Narratives
Scholarship: International Association for Wildland Fire
LANDFIRE: Meeting videos
National Fire Danger Rating System: Info needed!
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: Science Analysis of National Cohesive Strategy
Photos: Cool photos from our region!

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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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

August 2016 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:
NAFSE's Activities: Renewal, Oak Capstone Workshop/Field Trip Recap
NAFSE's Upcoming Events: Canadian Fire Science Exchange Day, Allegheny SAF: NJ Division Meeting
Joint Fire Science Program Funding Opportunities Sneak Peak
National Wildfire Coordinating Group: Request for Comments
Smoke and Prescribed Fire Message from EPA, USDA and DOI
In The News: Insects, Microbes, WUI in PA
Upcoming Events: Conferences, webinars, training courses
So This Happened: Call for unknown research and oral histories
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: EPA wildfire smoke guidelines updated

April 2016 Newsletter

In this month's newsletter:
NAFSE's Activities: Graduate Student Group Established
NAFSE's two upcoming webinars: Register now!
NAFSE's Oak Capstone Workshop: Registration and travel funding available
New Tool for WUI Communities
In The News: Rolling Stones article on NJ fire, goats, students, and longer fire seasons
Upcoming Events: Conferences, webinars, training courses
One Fire Day: Neil Gifford's Albany Pine Bush Experience
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlight: How to design a prescribed fire demonstration area

January 2016 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:
Recent NAFSE activities: NJ Field Trip Recap, NAFSE Workshop presentations
NAFSE's upcoming webinars
NAFSE's Oak Capstone Workshop: Save the date
Canadian Focus: John Ross Q & A
In The News: FAC Network, PA Game Commission Rx fire, NE Regional Cohesive Strategy's New Website, Bob-white quail restoration
Upcoming Events: Conferences, webinars, training courses
Notice To Graduate Students
Undergraduate Funding Opportunities
Sandplain Network Survey
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlight

October 2015 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:
Upcoming NAFSE workshop - Don't miss it!
September Pennsylvania Rx Fire Council field trip review
JFSP Funding Announcement
In The News: Rx burning in PA, 100 acre fire in Adirondacks, Labor Day Fire in NJ, FBAT Team
Upcoming Events: Conferences, webinars, training courses
One Fire Day: Short Stories of Memorable Fires, "The Kings Grant Fire"
Regional Research Project Showcase: Noémie Gonzalez, 
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: Seven Best Practices for Prescribed Fire Communication, JFSP's Smoke Science Plan

August 2015 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:
July Field Trip Recap
JFSP Funding Announcement
In The News: Steven Pyne's Box and Burn and other articles.
Upcoming Events: Field trips, webinars, workshops, and trainings.
One Fire Day: Short Stories of Memorable Fires, "The Birthday Burn"
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlight: Fire management of Japanese Stiltgrass

May 2015 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:
Announcing our NEW WEBSITE
March Field Trip Recap
Smoke Modeling Resources
In The News: NJ's Stockton University, Senate hearings, and regional articles and news clips on this year's fire season.
Upcoming Events: NAFSE Webinar and Workshops
Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference
One Fire Day: Short Stories of Memorable Fires
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlight: Ecological Effects of Prescribed Fire Season

 

October 2014 Newsletter

Announcing the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange! Thank you for becoming a member of the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange. The leadership team is very excited to introduce the Exchange and we realize that without all of your input and support, we would never have had a proposal that succeeded. Our Exchange is funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, which is a cooperative effort of six federal agencies and our Exchange completes the coast to coast coverage of Fire Science Exchanges. We include 11 U.S. states from Delaware to Maine and 3 Canadian provinces in the North Atlantic region.

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Author: Inga La Puma

NE Pine Barrens description

Pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, also known as "pine plains," "sand plains," "pinelands," and "pine bush," occur throughout the Northeast from New Jersey to Maine. These barrens are characterized by excessively drained soils and by several plant species which are highly flammable and/or have adaptations to survive or regenerate after fire.

Pitch pine-scrub oak barrens are among the rarest and most imperiled natural community types in the United States, and they support a number of rare species, including lepidopterans such as the Karner blue butterfly ( Lycaeides melissa samuelis ) and the barrens buckmoth ( Hemileuca maia ), and plants such as the Sand-plain Gerardia ( Agalinis acuta ).

In the Northeast, researchers, land managers, and conservation organizations are working together to learn and apply the best ways to promote, maintain, and restore these unique ecosystems. Management techniques include the use of mechanical treatments (mowing, grazing, thinning), herbicides, and prescribed fire.

Author: William Patterson, UMASS - Description of NE Pine Barrens

Karner blue butterfly  (Lycaeides melissa samueli )  photo by John and Karen  Hollingsworth, USFWS

Karner blue butterfly 
(Lycaeides melissa samueli ) 
photo by John and Karen 
Hollingsworth, USFWS

Barrens buckmoth  (Hemileuca maia) 

Barrens buckmoth 
(Hemileuca maia) 

Sand-plain Gerardia  (Agalinis acuta)

Sand-plain Gerardia 
(Agalinis acuta)