Join the Southern Fire Exchange, the Fire Science Exchange Network, and others as we participate in this hybrid-virtual conference!
From the conference webpage:
The Association for Fire Ecology is excited to host this event with Tall Timbers at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, November 30 to December 4, 2021. The Fire Congress will offer an exciting blend of in-person and virtual learning opportunities for fire managers, natural resource professionals, policy and administrative leaders, and the academic and research community. It is shaping up to be a groundbreaking and meaningful event that we hope you will join either in person or virtually!
The Southern Fire Exchange, Tall Timbers, and other partners are helping to arrange for an exciting lineup of fire science field trips in the North Florida region. Confirmed field trips will visit Eglin Air Force Base, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, and Deer Lake State Park to learn about their prescribed fire management programs.Continue Reading
The 2021 South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on September 15, 2021. Free registration here. More information and an agenda will be posted on the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council website.Continue Reading
Continue ReadingSYNOPSISThe 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.
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. We anticipate that registration costs will be $55 per person per day, which will include meals, refreshments, and on-site lodging (exact cost will be billed closer to the workshop date). We recommend registering for all three days of this workshop, but full registration is not required. Travel cost assistance is available; please email NAFSEhelp@gmail.com for details.
- Registration closes Monday, August 23 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
- 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 cranberry farmPlease reply to this email if you have questions!
Workshop information is also available on our website.
On July 29th, Southern Fire Exchange’s Dr. Rae Crandall will be live on Reddit’s “I Am A” page answering questions about wildland fire. She has experience as a wildland firefighter in the West, a fire ecology researcher at the University Florida, and a prescribed fire practitioner across the US, so be sure to ask her anything about wildland fire!
More about Dr. Crandall:
“I am a forestry professor at the University of Florida who studies the effects of wildland fire on plants. Some people call me a pyromaniac, because I love to light prescribed fires as much as I love to measure and study plants. As an undergraduate student, I volunteered on a prescribed fire, “caught the fire bug”, and have been passionate about teaching others about the benefits of prescribed fire ever since. I have worked as a wildland firefighter in the West, and as a fire lighter across many states of the U.S. Ask me anything about wildland fire!
I am also the mother of two young boys, who enjoy going hiking and learning about the positive effects of using prescribed fire for management of our natural areas.”
You can learn more about Dr. Crandall’s research here.Continue Reading
Registration is now open for in-person and virtual attendance at the 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Miramar Beach, Florida from November 30th – December 4th, 2021. Opportunities for sponsorship, exhibit booths, and presentations are still available. The workshop will feature a selection of optional fire science field tours co-sponsored by the Southern Fire Exchange to fire managed lands in Northwest 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.email@example.com).Continue Reading
The May – June 2021 issue of the Southern Fire Exchange Fire Lines newsletter is out! Click through to read a research brief on mesophication in eastern US forests, science and technology updates relevant to the Southeast, new video interviews, new wildland fire podcasts, upcoming events, and more! Do you have thoughts about our newsletter? Contact us!Continue Reading
SFE Webinar: Restoring the Pine Barrens – Attitudes towards restoration of a threatened ecosystem in the U.S. South
Description: Fire is a critical element for the restoration of native longleaf pine forests in the southern United States. This research explored public interest in restoration of this threatened ecosystem and the application of prescribed fire, a key component of restoration. We report on a project conducted across eight southern states with the following objectives: (1) to identify if prescribed fire has kept pace with demand for planting longleaf following disaster events and (2) to identify landowners’ and public interest in ecological restoration using science-based prescriptions and how managers may use this information to increase prescribed burning. To address these objectives, we collected data from key informant interviews and a public telephone survey. Results demonstrated several important predictors of social barriers to prescribed burning and types of landowners most likely to burn in longleaf ecosystems. We conclude with a discussion about ways to increase dialogue among stakeholders to help them understand the risks and benefits of appropriate ecosystem management using fire. Following the presentations there will be time for audience Q/A with the speakers.
Scheduled Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET June 29, 2021
Speakers: Dr. Jason Gordon, University of Georgia
Dr. John Willis, US Forest Southern Research Station
Webinar Partners: US Forest Service Southern Region, the University of Georgia, the Southern Fire Exchange, NC State University, and the University of Florida.
Webinar Target Audience: Natural Resource Managers, Park Rangers, Public Information Officers, Outreach Specialists, Cooperative Extension Agents
Webinar Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sBibA3bvSmuWBUgCdHymagContinue Reading
The 2021 International Fire Ecology and Management Congress will be held Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 in Miramar Beach, Florida. The conference is being co-hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology and Tall Timbers Research Station. The Southern Fire Exchange is supporting the conference by co-coordinating the conference field trips that will take attendees to locations around North Florida that have examples of overcoming fire management challenges and prescribed fire barriers. Proposals for conference special sessions are now being accepted and general registration will open in July. Read more about the upcoming conference and opportunities for student scholarships.Continue Reading