In October 2021, the Southern Fire Exchange is submitting a proposal to the Joint Fire Science Program for funding to continue serving the region. We need your feedback to help document and share the impacts of our program! Please take this short (~5 minute) survey and help us document our impact.Continue Reading
The latest SFE Southern Fire Science video features Matt Dickinson, Ph.D. an ecologist with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station in Delaware, Ohio. Matt works to help us understand the relationships between natural fuels, fire behavior, and fire effects. In this video Matt talks about his project measuring near-surface fire radiation at the 2017 multinational Prescribed Fire Science Consortium event held at Tall Timbers Research Station and Pebble Hill Plantation in North Florida and South Georgia.Continue Reading
A free one hour webinar from North Carolina State University, the Southern Fire Exchange, and the University of Florida.
Society of American Foresters CFE Credit Expected.
Sadia Afrin, Graduate Research Assistant,
Dept. of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University
Fernando Garcia Menendez, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University
Webinar Description: While prescribed fire is an essential land management tool in the Southeast, its impacts on air quality and public health remain uncertain. This webinar will cover a recent project that used burn permit records, air quality modelling, and epidemiological associations between fine particulate matter concentrations and multiple health endpoints to examine these impacts, with a focus on case studies in Georgia and North Carolina. Results show not only potential health impacts from prescribed fire, but call for greater attention to the characterization of prescribed fire impacts, potential air quality benefits of land treatment, and the communities most exposed to fire-related smoke. Following the presentations there will be time for audience Q/A with the speakers.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
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
A new Southern Fire Exchange video features Jim Riddering, Ph.D., the Remote Sensing Program Manager at the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis at the University of Montana. In this video Jim talks about his project at the 2017 multinational Prescribed Fire Science Consortium event held at Tall Timbers Research Station and Pebble Hill Plantation in North Florida and South Georgia.Continue Reading
Join us for a free one hour webinar from the US Forest Service Southern Region, the University of Georgia, the Southern Fire Exchange, NC State University, and the University of Florida.
Society of American Foresters CFE Credit Expected.
Dr. Jason Gordon, University of Georgia
Dr. John Willis, US Forest Southern Research Station
Webinar 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.Continue Reading