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.

 

Wildland-urban interface focus: Smoke Management

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.

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Wildland-Urban Interface Focus: Using a probability model to map ignition hazards

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.

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Authors: Inga La Puma, author of the brief; Peters MP, Iverson LR, Matthews SN, Prasad AM, authors of the research article. 

from Peter et. al (2013)

from Peter et. al (2013)

Wildland urban interface focus: Public perceptions of hazard reduction in an intermix environment

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.

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Authors: Inga La Puma, author of the brief; Brian Blanchard and Robert Ryan, authors of the article

House in the wildland urban interface in Plymouth, MA – Photo by Brian Blanchard 

House in the wildland urban interface in Plymouth, MA – Photo by Brian Blanchard 

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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