On November 16, the White Oak Initiative released Restoring Sustainability for White Oak and Upland Oak Communities: An Assessment and Conservation Plan, a science-based report that details the current state of America’s white oak forests and recommends a practical plan of action to avoid their decline. The plan highlights the important role of fire in the history of oak ecosystems, and its role in their restoration.Continue Reading
Fire Lines is a southeastern fire science newsletter, produced by the Southern Fire Exchange, that is published every two months to help the fire community in the Southeast stay up to date on the relevant research, tools, events, funding opportunities, trainings, etc.
This most recent issue, covering October-November, includes:
• Longleaf pine seedling growth and survival: Effects of season and intensity of simulated prescribed burning
• New Florida Bonneted Bat Fire Science Success Story
What’s New in Fire Science?
• N95 Respirators Could Offer Robust Protection from Wildfire Smoke
• Bat Activity Response to Fire Regime Depends on Species, Vegetation Conditions, and Behavior
• Tree Encroachment Impacts on Seed Predator Selection and Seedling Establishment
New Technology and Tools
• Fire Modeling Tools Advance with Collaboration between Southeastern and Western Scientists
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Previously published issues of Fire Lines are archived on our website.
In this issue:
ESSAY – ‘Good Fire’ Communication and Policy
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT – Characterizing Context and Demand for the CFLRP
SPOTLIGHT – Meet Ryan Gauger, Missouri TNC
HOT SPOTS – Targeted Goat Browsing / Woodland Restoration on the Mark Twain NF
HEADS UP! – Brown-headed nuthatch reintroduction virtual workshop recording available, 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress has gone virtual!
UPCOMING EVENTS – Fall Webinar Series, Fueling Collaboration 2.0, and lots more!
The Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center 2021-22 Global Change Fellow, Andrew Shannon, summarized the first in the fall Global Change Seminar series, Demystifying the Recent IPCC Assessment Report and “Code Red” on Climate Change, on October 21, 2021. The discussion was moderated by Global Change Fellow, Ben Makhlouf. The seminar planning team also included Madeline Anderson, Regina Ayala Chavez, Smitom Borah, and Olakunle Sodiya.Continue Reading
The International Association of Wildland Fire Dispatch includes a number of important news items:
Recordings are available for the Workforce Resilience Ignite Talks on Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada and Containing the blaze: How can we do better? Stories from transgender people in the fire community.Continue Reading
Kevin McIntyre provides an overview of the natural history of longleaf pine. You’ll also learn about Ichauway’s prescribed fire program, join Brandon Rutledge for a look at a project to restore the red-cockaded woodpecker population on Ichauway, and the Center’s approach to managing mature longleaf pine forests.Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University Oklahoma Climatological Survey/Mesonet is conducting a research study on risk perceptions and decision-making, as well as related processes, among different organizational levels within the fire management field. Individuals who are at least 18 years old and work or volunteer in fire management, firefighting, or any related trade may participate. Participation will involve the completion of an online survey that will take roughly 20 minutes to complete. If you are interested, please visit the linkhttps://ousurvey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1THfdsjGvRpHJJk to participate in the survey by December 3. There are no known risks or compensation involved in this research.
For more information about this study, please contact Monica Mattox, by phone at 517-605-1853 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University is interested in learning the costs associated with conducting prescribed burns, which can vary depending upon how the burn is conducted. This survey will provide useful information that can help university extension professionals, government agencies, prescribed burn managers, and landowners across the United States.
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The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) Fire & Climate 2022 Conference has issued a Call for Presentations.
The Fire & Climate Conference 2022 is relevant for researchers and practitioners with expertise in a range of wildland fire areas including air quality monitoring and/ or regulation, land management, fire responders, public health, fire weather, climate change and forecasting, among others. The conference will leverage the lessons learned in recent extreme wildfire seasons around the globe and discuss emerging adaptive behaviors to benefit the entire international wildland fire community.
The conference will be held in Pasadena, California on May 23- 27, 2022 and in Melbourne, Australia on June 6-10, 2022. There will be a separate program for each venue, and, therefore, a separate process to submit presentations.
The deadline to submit is January 15, 2022 for Pasadena and January 31, 2022 for Melbourne.
Climate change is increasing the odds of higher occurrence rates, intensity, and severity of wildland fires in drought-prone regions. High intensity wildfires not only denude the landscape and lower the resistance of soils to surface erosion, but they also change the physical properties of soils, alter the soil microbiome, and extend the recovery timescales relative to lower intensity fires. Rain-on-burn events can magnify multiple negative impacts, such as poor water quality and debris flows. Wildland management is at a critical juncture, requiring new knowledge and innovative tools to best support the mitigation and prevention of fire-induced hazards. The Fall 2021 Meeting of the Board of Earth Sciences and Resources discussed the emerging frontiers in research and the outlook for implementing science-based tools to support equitable federal, state, and community responses to fire-induced hazards.Continue Reading