The Orianne Society is looking for a Director for the Longleaf Savannas Initiative. This position acts as the supervisor for The Orianne Society’s Land Management and Species Inventory programs in the Longleaf Savannas Initiative and manager over the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve. Apply by January 5, 2021.Continue Reading
Presenter: Louise Loudermilk, Ph.D., US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Hardwood-cypress swamps, or ephemeral wetlands, that typically burned less frequently form a spatial matrix with their more frequently burned neighbors, pine flatwoods, causing unique patterns of low to high intensity fires, variation in smoke emissions and overall ecosystem carbon stores in these southeastern forests. At the Osceola National Forest in Florida, our group examined the effects of different long-term management practices (prescribed fire, harvest, no fire) during extreme fire weather across these two vastly different, yet intertwined ecosystems using a simulation model. This presentation will discuss how future extreme fire weather may alter future fire conditions, and how we can spatially optimize prescribed fire and timber harvest to manage wildfire risk.
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Join others in learning about the high diversity of plant species characteristics of the longleaf pine ecosystem and how it supports the many common and unique wildlife species in these open forests dominated by a single tree. Participants will also learn how to maximize wildlife management goals through active management of early successional plant communities. Commonly referred to as early successional habitat, these plant communities benefit a vast array of wildlife species including the northern bobwhite quail, monarch butterfly, and red-cockaded woodpecker. This webinar will address active management techniques and discuss some specific tips to reach one’s property objectives.
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SFE Webinar: Fire-Ties that Bind: The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Controlled Burning in the Southland & the Rekindling of Global Fire Culture
Host: South Carolina DNR, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Working Lands for Wildlife, Quail Forever, Amsa Yoga, the Southern Fire Exchange, Joint Fire Science Program and the University of Florida.
Presenter: Johnny Stowe, South Carolina DNR
Abstract: All across North America, and beyond, people are gathering to Share the Flame. Resilient embers have been re-kindled, passionately nurtured in the deep-time crucible of people and fire that has warmed our hearts and hearths for scores of thousands of millennia. Twenty-five years ago, the phenomenon of wildland fire-lighting in North America was barely flickering in scattered spots. Today, an intense, intergenerational, pandisciplinary pyronexus forged in the natural and multicultural heritage of people embedded in fire-loving landscapes is being restored and is thriving in a wide and deeply-rooting range of programs, policies and on-the-ground practices. Lighting up the landscape, under prescription, is an accelerating, transcontinental, cultural phenomenon centering on the shared pride of people connected to special places through a uniquely satisfying, primordial practice. Fire-lighting binds people together as it promotes and gives resilience to ecological integrity, economic health and public safety. Fire-wonder is increasingly expressed through prescribed fire tales, poems and paintings, and it resonates in rituals, ceremonies, pyrotourism and other gatherings. Our cultural spot fires have pulled together, and they are creating their own winds and fuels. The fire-lighting pyroparadigm of North America — once nearly extinguished by decades of pathological, command-and-control, anti-fire propaganda, pogroms and policy — has been taken back, and we’ll let no one, ever again, wrest it away. Following the presentation there will be time for audience Q/A with the speaker.
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America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative’s Longleaf Partnership Council has released a new communications fact sheet, Blowing in the Wind: Advantages of Longleaf Pine in Wind Storms. This publication demonstrates the benefits of longleaf pine during windstorms such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
This windstorm fact sheet is the second in a series of communications documents that was requested by the LPC in Fall 2017 to demonstrate how longleaf pine can outperform other pine species during natural disasters. The first communications document, Longleaf Resiliency: Insects and Pests, was released in 2019.Continue Reading
A free one hour webinar from Tall Timbers Research Station, the Southern Fire Exchange, and the University of Florida.
Presenter: Kevin Robertson, Ph.D., Fire Ecology Program Director, Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL.
Webinar Description: It has long been observed that longleaf pine juveniles (between the “grass stage” near the ground to about head-high) tend to become established in dense clusters limited to open areas away from canopy trees. Recent detailed fire history mapping efforts at the Wade Tract in south Georgia, have shown that longleaf pine regeneration tends to occur within canopy gaps that experience lower fire frequency and severity. This research has implications for fire management for longleaf pine regeneration, suggesting that burning under conditions that allow for some patchiness following longleaf mast years (abundant seed production) is important for natural recruitment.
Following the webinar there will be time reserved for audience questions.
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The 13th Biennial Longleaf Conference call for abstracts closes April 15th. The conference will be held from October 20-23, 2020 in Wilmington, North Carolina. In the past, this conference has had a strong focus on applied longleaf fire science research and management applications. The call for abstracts can be found here.Continue Reading