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!

Research Brief: Fire and Wildlife- Eastern hognose snakes prefer managed habitat

Photo by Micheal Jewel via Flickr

Photo by Micheal Jewel via Flickr

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.

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Prescribed fire effects: Tick management

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.     

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Evaluating the impacts of southern pine beetle on pitch pine forest dynamics in a newly invaded region.

Southern pine beetle (SPB), a native insect that has historically affected pine ecosystems in the southeastern U.S., has recently expanded northward causing extensive tree mortality in pitch pine and pitch pine-oak forests across much of eastern Long Island, NY.

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October 2016 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:

NAFSE's Activities: Canadian Fire Science Exchange Day, JFSP Governing Board Field Trip, Webinars
Interview: Tim Simmons: Conservation Ecologist with a Passion for Fire
NAFSE's Upcoming Events: Webinars, Field trips, and Workshops
Upcoming Events: Conferences, Webinars, Training Courses
Funding Opportunities: JFSP and NPS
Call for Research: Identifying Research Gaps in the North Atlantic
In The News: Great Swamp, Albany Pine Bush, Pennsylvania Game Commission
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: Rx Fire Smoke Management Pocket Guide

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

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 

Rare Lepidoptera and Shrubland Birds: Their Presence, Distribution and Habitat Preferences on the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve in Carroll County, New Hampshire - A 2002 field survey

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.

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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)

An Assessment of the Impact of Fire on Rare Lepidoptera in the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve

Abstract: The Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve, managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), was once part of a much larger pine barrens ecosystem. Currently, the pine barrens stretch across the towns of Madison, Freedom, Ossipee, and Tamworth in Carroll County, New Hampshire. The pine barrens ecosystem is an imperiled rare natural community that was historically maintained by fire. Pitch pine, the dominant tree in the pine barrens, is well adapted to a fire regime. Scrub oak and blueberry, the dominant shrub and ground cover, can also flourish post-fire. 

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A Summary of the 2002 Lepidoptera sampling at The Ossipee, Carroll Co., NH Pine Barrens

Previous collecting efforts by myself (then working with TNC) and Lars Crabo (an avocational Lepidopterist) and on at least one night by Thomas Rawinski (then TNC) from about 1984 to 1988 had identified numerous regional or at least state level rare moths and one skipper at Ossipee Pine Barrens a large boreal variant pitch pine-scrub oak barren in Carroll County, New Hampshire.

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Management Plan for Katama Plains Management area (sandplain grassland)

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Contact: Karen Lombard, Director of Stewardship and Restoration


Description:  This is a revised Management Plan for the 190 acre Katama Plains Conservation Area (KPCA) which represents one of New England’s largest and best remaining examples of sandplain grasslands, a globally rare natural community. The site also supports 18 rare or declining species of birds, invertebrates, and plants that depend upon the open grassy and shrubby habitat.