NAFSE Summer Newsletter 2019

In this month's Newsletter:

NAFSE's Recent Activities: Fire History Webinar, Fire in Eastern Oaks Conference
Upcoming Events: Flat Rock Workshop, Communications Training, ESRI/GIS Training, Regional/National Meetings, More Training Opportunities
Interview: Neil Gifford and Tyler Briggs on Flat Rock
North Atlantic News: Rare Bee Species in MA, 360 Crown Fire Video - NJ, WPI Fire Spread - MA, Fire History - PA, Fire Birds - NY
News Articles: News Articles Applicable to our Region
Job Announcements: The Nature Conservancy
Resource Highlights: Firefighter Entrapment, Design a Poster, IFTDSS Burn Probability
Photos: Cool photos from our region this Summer!

NAFSE Winter Newsletter 2019

Winter Newsletter 2019

In this month's Newsletter:
NAFSE's Activities: ESRI Workshop, Webinar Recap, Winter Compact Meeting
Upcoming Events: NAFSE Field Trip, Conferences/Workshops, Training
New Website Resources: Northeast Barrens Legacy Publications, Coastal Barrens Synthesis
North Atlantic News: CPAW in NJ, Academic Programs, Recent Dissertations 
In The News: Regional and National News Articles
Resource Highlights: Wildfire Smoke Resilience Resources from the EPA
Photos: Cool photos from our region!

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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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
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: App for Fuel Monitoring
Photos: Recent NAFSE and Regional Events

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.


Canada focus: Improved delineation of the wildland-urban interface and fire risk in 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.


Prioritizing prescribed fire areas: a geographical approach

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! 

Smoke science: Smoke Model Review

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!

Photo by Bob Williams

Photo by Bob Williams

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


Recent Research: Predicting fire frequency with chemistry and climate

Click here to check out this March 2015 research brief highlighting our latest webinar speaker's 2012 paper on mapping and modeling fire frequency.

If you missed Dr. Guyette's Feb. 26th webinar you can find it HERE

Author: Inga La Puma, Authors of paper: Richard P. Guyette, MichaelC. Stambaugh, Daniel C. Dey & Rose- Marie Muzika 

January 2015 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:

Follow NAFSE's New Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr Pages
Register Now For The NAFSE Field Trip
Check Out Greg Nowacki's December Webinar Recording
In The News: Quail And Fire In NJ
Upcoming Events: Conferences And Webinars
Help Improve LandFire Data In Your Region

Now Available:

  • Joint Fire Science National Fire Science Digest Collection
  • Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide 

Methods in Fire History Part 1: Tree species as indicators of fire history

The use of witness trees as pyro-indicators for mapping past fire conditions.

This is a paper on mapping fire tolerance. The is the first in a series of research briefs addressing different methods used to research and understand North Atlantic fire history.  Stay tuned for other methods we plan to cover, including pollen and charcoal dating from soil cores, fire scars, written accounts, and maps.

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Authors: Inga La Puma author of the brief, Thomas-Van Gundy and Nowacki authors of the paper. 


Vegetation, Landcover, and Fuel Mapping of the Ossipee Pine Barrens, Carroll County, NH

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 East

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Islands of Pine: Future Climate Scenarios in the NJ Pinelands using the LANDIS-II Forest Landscape Disturbance and Succession Model

Assessing forest resilience to disturbances including climate change is an important aspect of adaptive management. Climate change impacts on fire and forest composition in the Pinelands of New Jersey have not been assessed to date and the prospect of major shifts in forest composition present challenges to the mission of the Pinelands National Reserve to preserve the ecological integrity of the Pinelands.

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Landscape Disturbance and Succession Modeling in the Pinelands of New Jersey using LANDIS-II: The Implications of Human Influence on Fire and Forest Composition

Coupled human-natural systems present complex relationships between human influence and ecosystem response and services. The Pinelands of New Jersey represent a highly human influenced system noted for its fire regime which helps maintain pinelands cover and halt succession from pine to oak forest composition.

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Vegetation of The Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve: Description, Classification, and Successional Trends. Carroll County, NH

To aid in management planning, I used analysis of current and historical aerial photos, data from 32 study plots and 10 observation points, and multivariate analysis to classify the vegetation of the Preserve into eight types, and to map and describe these types.

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