A new in depth piece from ProPublica investigates issues related to air quality as a result of sugarcane burning in Florida.Continue Reading
Dr. John Willis and Dr. Dale Brockway of the US Forest Service Southern Research Station in Auburn, Alabama have released their 2021-2022 regional longleaf pine forecast report. This report includes current cone counts and conelet observations from 11 sites ranging from Louisiana to Florida and up to North Carolina. Fire and land managers can use these data to inform plans to maximize natural regeneration opportunities in mature longleaf stands. Download the full report here. For questions about the report contact Dr. John Willis (John.firstname.lastname@example.org).Continue Reading
Registration for the NCPFC/CAFMS Annual Meeting/Workshop is now available at: https://apfire.wixsite.com/
The annual meeting and presentations will be held August 18, 2021 in Morganton, NC at the Foothills Conference Center. This meeting will be hybrid, with both in-person and virtual options. A field trip will be held on August 19, 2021. The meeting will follow the most up-to-date state, federal and local Covid-19 guidance at the time of the meeting. More details including the agenda can be found on the registration page.Continue Reading
SC DNR is looking to hire someone as a Wildlife Biologist III to manage Heritage Preserves in the coastal counties of SC, the position is very prescribed fire heavy and has a rare and threatened species component as well. The job posting can be found https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sc; search for Wildlife Biologist III. Applications can only be received through that website.Continue Reading
America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative released its 2020 Range-wide Accomplishment Report celebrating a decade’s worth of accomplishments and significant progress towards restoring longleaf pine. Despite a turbulent 2020, ALRI’s dedicated partners proved resilient and recorded over 1.9 million acres of accomplishments ranging from new longleaf establishment, prescribed burning, land protection, and maintenance activitiesContinue Reading
For many years, people have used the FEPS 1.0 outputs as inputs to the PC versions of VSMOKE, VSMOKE-GIS, and PC HYSPLIT atmospheric dispersion models. Many prescribed burners have found these tools helpful to examine possible downwind smoke impacts when planning and implementing prescribed fires.
Recently, Bill Jackson completed a new version of the software interface (it is now 64 bit compatible) so that a person can modify Fuel & Fire Tools (FFT) input files, complete a new FFT analysis, and the FEPS output from FFT still serves as input to the three atmospheric dispersion models. The attached User’s Guide will provide you with a full description of how the new software interface, called SmokeTools, works.
If you are interested in trying SmokeTools then please email Bill at email@example.com and you will receive an invite from DropBox to download two zip files that need to be unzipped to your PC. Once unzipped, then you will be able to install the software (see Appendix A in the attached manual for all of the software that needs to be installed).Continue Reading