Registration is open for the 2020 All Florida Prescribed Fire Council Virtual Meeting!
Friday, October 2, 2020 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET.
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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Host: Tall Timbers Research Station, the Southern Fire Exchange and the University of Florida.
Presenter: Jim Cox, Tall Timbers Research Station
Abstract: Millions of dollars have been spent over the past 20 years on reforestation of longleaf pine forests. Restoration will take time coupled with frequent and repeated application of prescribed burning. Burning is absolutely critical to restoration, but an appreciable number of individuals and groups now limit their opportunities to burn to a smaller and smaller burn window. The concern often voiced is that burning from April – July is detrimental to ground nesting/grassland birds and should be avoided. Restoration targets that require frequent burning and may not be achieved if the burn window becomes too narrow. This presentation will look at the science behind the use of fire during the “lightning season” (the months of April – July) and its effects on ground-nesting birds such as quail and Bachman’s sparrow. Following the presentations there will be time for audience Q/A with the speaker.
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“We are seeking applicants for a permanent, full-time Wildland Firefighter position stationed at Eglin AFB through Colorado State University. Duties will include prescribed fire preparation and implementation, wildfire response, equipment operation/repair/maintenance, and fire effects monitoring to meet WFMP objectives at Eglin AFB, Tyndall AFB, Moody AFB, and Hurlburt Field. Advertisement can be at https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/79389. Applications due by August 31st.”
Contact person: Brett Williams, email@example.com
Host: University of Georgia, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Working Lands for Wildlife, Quail Forever, East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture, the Southern Fire Exchange and the University of Florida.
Presenter: James Martin, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Since Herbert Stoddard Northern Bobwhites and prescribed fire have been strongly connected. However, prescribed fire, bobwhite ecology, and local site conditions need to be aligned for optimal bobwhite population response. This talk will discuss the context of fire frequency, scale, and seasonality for bobwhite management and restoration.
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The Simple Smoke Screening Tool is back! The Southern Fire Exchange previously hosted this tool on our website but we lost the ability to run it following our website migration in March 2020. Thanks to the Florida Forest Service, this easy to use smoke plotting tool has a new home and host on the Florida Forest Service “Fire Tools and Downloads” webpage. The Florida Forest Service is hosting this tool as a resource for prescribed burners across the U.S. so be sure to join us in sharing your appreciation!
Simple Smoke Screening Tool is an easy to use online tool for plotting a potential smoke impact area using a set of basic input parameters (location, area burned, wind direction, fuel type and ignition method). The Simple Smoke Screening Tool is similar to the manual protractor method for screening smoke impacts. The Simple Smoke Screening Tool was originally developed by the Southern High Resolution Modeling Consortium and hosted by Southern Regional Extension Forestry at the University of Georgia. Around 2015 it was upgraded to include a .kml output and hosted by the Southern Fire Exchange. Starting in July 2020 it has been hosted by the Florida Forest Service.Continue Reading
Host: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
Presenters: Naomi Stephens (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service), Prof Ross Bradstock (University of Wollongong), Dr Hamish Clarke (University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University)
A website specifically designed for fire and land managers, the Prescribed Burning Atlas is a tool to inform prescribed burning strategies and tailor them to outcomes that will best reduce the risk in a target area within available budgets. Backed by eight years of CRC research incorporating thousands of fire simulations, the Atlas compares the level of risk reduction achieved from different combinations of prescribed burning techniques and compares the costs of different mitigation options and their effect on reducing the likelihood of life loss, property loss and environmental values, as well as the effects of climate change on prescribed burning effectiveness. This webinar will provide you with the full details and a guided tour of the Prescribed Burning Atlas, explaining how the website can support organisations to make the best decisions about where and how to undertake prescribed burning for different areas across New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland.
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The recording of our June 2020 “Prescribed Fire 101” webinar with Dr. Kevin Robertson is now available on the Southern Fire Exchange YouTube Channel. This one-hour webinar provides a brief review of the basic reasons for using prescribed fire as well as some of the techniques and tools that go along with the practice.Continue Reading
The SFE-NC Prescribed Fire Council Prescribed Fire in Piedmont Hardwoods webinar is now available on the SFE YouTube Channel. Sharon Bischoff, Mountain Region Biologist with North Carolina State Parks, Dr. Chris Moorman, Professor and Coordinator of the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Dan Dey, Research Forester for the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station discuss the history, wildlife impacts, and silviculture of prescribed fire in Piedmont hardwood systems.Continue Reading