North Atlantic Prescribed Fire
Science Workshop 2021

Tues, Sep 14 - Thurs, Sep 16  |  Workshop

all day each day

About the Event


Though registration has closed, we have a small number of spaces still available. If interested, please register and email so we can send you the information you need in order to attend.

We are hosting a workshop in September 2021 to reset, recharge, and reimagine the future of fire science co-production. The last year has posed unimaginable challenges to fire scientists, managers, and wildland firefighters. We are thrilled to have a plan to reconnect in person!

Field trips to New Jersey Pine Barrens sites will stimulate discussion about regional prescribed fire science challenges and solutions. The workshop day will build a structure for region-wide prescribed fire science co-production and post-workshop coordination.


As restrictions continue to challenge our ability to gather, it is more important now than ever to take advantage of opportunities to get together safely in-person.


This event is being planned with COVID safety as a top priority for the benefit of each individual participant and for the fire science community at large.


Based on our experience with digital, hybrid, and in-person events over the last year, there are outcomes from in-person meetings that simply cannot be replicated in a virtual space. Face-to-face meetings directly develop personal and professional connections, inspire future work, catalyze collaborations, and facilitate consensus on challenges and solutions. With wildfires burning rampantly across the U.S. and a global climate crisis at hand, it is essential to break down barriers between fire science and management.


We are confident in the facilities and our plans to execute this event following COVID-safe practices. These include:

  • Planning an almost entirely outdoor program, including when holding facilitated meetings

  • Reserving a backup, indoor meeting space with more than a wall of openable windows

  • Flexible lodging accommodations that allow for separation from other individuals

  • Meeting or exceeding federal, state, and local health protocols


Please contact us with any concerns; we are happy to provide more safety details upon request.


Join us for a three-day experience in a camp environment outdoors, at YMCA of the Pines in Medford Township, New Jersey. Spend time in the field with fellow fire science stakeholders. Get your thoughts working in the amazing classroom of New Jersey's prescribed fire landscape. Registration costs $55 per person per day or $165 for the entire three-day workshop, which will include meals, refreshments, and on-site lodging (with payment arranged by August 27). We recommend registering for all three days of this workshop but full registration is not required. Travel cost assistance is available; please email for details.


  • Day 0, Mon 9/13: Arrival, optional dinner (not provided) with other participants at a local restaurant

  • Day 1, Tues 9/14: NJ Pine Barrens field trip, including Silas Little Experimental Forest, Coyle Airfield, and other local spots of interest

  • Day 2, Wed 9/15: Workshop day, including facilitated discussion of prescribed fire science needs and solutions in the North Atlantic region

  • Day 3, Thurs 9/16: Field trip to “Small Timbers," a fire-managed private forest on part of a cranberry farm