In the eastern U.S., a long absence of fire has shifted forests towards trees adapted to moist conditions, and away from fire-tolerant species that were historically dominant. Forest Service scientists are co-authors on a recent study to see how fire affects soils in pine barrens. The team found that repeated prescribed fire encourages drier soils that favor fire-tolerant trees. Additional management that clears other vegetation is also helpful.Continue Reading
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A selection of recent prescribed fire science publications has been compiled by NC State Extension Forestry, Southern Fire Exchange, and the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists with input from researchers from around the region. These publications are particularly useful to include the most current prescribed fire science in training events such as RT-130 Annual Refreshers. Those with questions can contact Laurel Kays, email@example.com.Continue Reading
The U.S. Global Change Research Program is pleased to announce a series of public engagement workshops to help inform the Fifth National Climate Assessment.
The virtual workshops, which are free and open to the public, will be held in January and February 2022. The information gathered will help the authors determine which topics to cover in their chapters of the Fifth National Climate Assessment.
More details, including the full schedule and registration links, can be found on USGCRP’s website.Continue Reading
The latest FLN Networker includes a number of items relevant to the South:
Indigenous Voices: There were two announcements from the federal government on November 15: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Council on Environmental Quality jointly released a new memorandum that commits to elevating Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge in federal scientific and policy processes (press release). And the departments of Agriculture and the Interior issued a joint Secretarial Order to strengthen tribal co-stewardship of public lands and waters (press release).
Smoke: The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Smoke Learning Group has collected some highlights from its learning, including a two-pager on HEPA filter programs and another summarizing a conversation about smoke with social scientist Sarah McCaffrey.
Inequality & Risk Response: The authors of the article “Inequality Hinders Group Efforts to Avoid Environmental Disasters” experimentally explored how people’s contributions to a common solution were affected by differences in (experimental) wealth and probability of risk. “As inequality increases, much depends on the rich, who do not necessarily cooperate.”Continue Reading
We’re making good progress on the new approach for the 2022 Southeast Conservation Blueprint. A big focus right now is on expanding and improving indicators for use in the new Blueprint. For some indicators, we’re only working directly with data providers and a select group of experts. With others, we’re also opening up the review teams to anyone who’s interested. The first two of those are indicator teams for Southeast grasslands and longleaf pine.
The overall commitment for each team is 1-2 online meetings (1 hr each). The calls will likely happen in January.
Thanks to some big progress in longleaf mapping throughout the range, it looks like we can combine work from Florida and in states throughout the longleaf range into a decent indicator. This team will review some options based on those data.
- Sign up for the longleaf pine indicator team (https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=urWTBhhLe02TQfMvQApUlMsSMhhZgj5LtUzvT7wy35tUQ05JWUoyMFNVWjUwV0lTVjNJV1E5NENHWS4u)
Southeast grasslands indicator
There’s also some excellent work on current and historic grasslands now. As you probably know, grassland mapping is really tough, but things seem far enough along for a larger Southeast grasslands indicator.
- Sign up for the Southeast grasslands indicator team (https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=urWTBhhLe02TQfMvQApUlMsSMhhZgj5LtUzvT7wy35tUMFlPUERPWEdXQ0RWV0RPSko0MFcxNjNYSC4u)
Tall Timbers Research Station is undertaking a project that aims to do the following:
1) Survey Southeastern states to understand their prescribed fire permitting systems.
2) Develop minimum attribution for geodatabase (specific to prescribed fire)
3) Create a geodatabase to include how permit location is tracked, what attributes are collected, spatial characteristics, period of record and data stewardship.
4) Generate a formal updating process for each state.Continue Reading
A $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is funding a study at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health that will evaluate cancer risks among wildland firefighters with the goal of finding ways to reduce those risks.Continue Reading