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Field Trip - Montague Plains, Massachusetts

We explored the rich history of fire science research that has taken place at Montague Plains, Massachusetts in the Pine Barrens ecosystem. We spent time in the field with some of the fire bugs whose research has helped inform our management of these ecosystems, including Bill Patterson III, Matthew Duveneck, Brian Hawthorne, Kenn Clark, Tim Simmons, and Caren Caljouw.


Agenda: 11:00 - 12:00 Optional pay-on-your-own lunch at Lady Killigrew Café and Pub 12:30 - 1:00 Site overview & history STOP 1 AUDIO 1:00 - 1:45 Lake Pleasant Road Site STOP 2 AUDIO 1:45 - 2:00 Donut Site STOPS 3 AND 4 AUDIO 2:00 - 3:00 Aspen Site STOP 5 AUDIO 3:00 - 4:00 Thicket Reserve and Scrub Oak Unit STOP 6 AUDIO 4:00 - 4:30 Discussion & Wrap-up

Please familiarize yourself with the following required pre-field trip readings:

  1. Montague Plains WMA Fact Sheet with pertinent references

  2. Montague Plains WMA management plan

  3. NAFSE webinar on Fauna and fire at Montague Plains

  4. Outdated but significant fuels research and management (please refer to #1 for current contact information for Montague Plains WMA): Northeast Barrens Montague Plains webpage

Additional resource: Journal article: Characterizing Canopy Fuels to Predict Fire Behavior in Pitch Pine Stands by Matthew Duveneck and Bill Patterson PDF

This field trip was part of a series revisiting Massachusetts Pine Barrens sites examined during a 2004 JFSP-sponsored field trip on Managing Fuels in Northeastern Barrens (see handout). The June 25th field trip preceded this one at Cape Cod National Seashore (INFO HERE).

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