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Upcoming Events

Email announcements, news, activities, and photos to to reach our network. All times listed below are EDT.
NAFSE and Cooperator Events

June 18: Deadline to apply for the RX 310 Introduction to Fire Effects class. This will be an in-person course with mixed session formats, including field trips. The course will be held on the Penn State University campus in State College, PA. Email Jennifer Case at for more information.

August 3 - 5: Intensive Engine Operations course covering theory and offering practical experience with engines, pumps, strike team operations, and more. Contact Amanda Mahaffey at for more information.

September 13 - 16: North Atlantic Prescribed Fire Science Workshop 2021. We want to rest, recharge, and reimagine the future of fire science co-production in our region. We're planning field trips and facilitated discussion, based in New Jersey's pine barrens.

Regional and National Interest
June 16, 5pm: Wildland Firefighters Mental Health and Well-being, a free digital event by the International Association of Wildland Fire featuring four mental health and fire response experts.

June 28: Deadline to apply for the Endangered Species Recovery Challenge funding opportunity

NAFSE Activities

Fueling Collaboration Panel Discussion Series

Virginia Schutte smiling to the cameraWe wrapped up the Fueling Collaboration Panel Discussion Series in February, a 4-part, 4-month series of moderated panel discussions. The Fueling Collaborations team (which included fire folks from across the US) selected discussion prompts from hundreds of questions that our 1,000+ viewers submitted. The overwhelming response to this very fun series has us working now on Fueling Collaboration 2.0, to begin this fall. We'll send out more announcements about topics and dates as we get things set- we hope you'll be able to join us! For now, please visit this website to view  discussion recordings on fire history and management, fire seasonality and prescribed burns, fire and a changing climate, and timber management and prescribed fire.

Reflecting and thoughtfully move forward

The spring Fire Science Exchange meeting took place in early May. We met with our counterparts in regions across the US to talk about lessons learned this past year and especially what we're all looking forward to in the coming months. Leadership Team member Virginia Schutte led a  session on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and will be leading a fire science JEDI Resource Group for the forseeable future. We've also been cooking up some plans to help y'all in our region get reconnected with one another as we emerge from our COVID cocoons. Please feel free to reach out to us at to chat or ask for help about JEDI, getting re-acquainted with relevant folks in the North Atlantic, or anything else on your mind!

News and announcements

Congratulations to:
Controlled burn podcast
This four-part series explores controlled burns in the North Atlantic, covering prescribed fire ecology with Mike Gallagher, history with Marc Abrams, research with Lauren Howard, and ties to climate change with Dave Robinson. This website hosts all four podcast episodes plus supporting media, like links to research and videos.

Drip torch safety warning
Lock rings on drip torches may appear to be closed, but could detach if pressure is applied. More details  are here on past incidents, how to spot a potential hazard, and what to do if you suspect your torch may not be properly locked.
Short-term smoke effects
"...even short-term exposure to hazardous air quality from wildfire smoke can be damaging to skin health", which we don't hear about as much as cardiac or respiratory problems but a new study shows is important. Here's the study and here's an excellent summary.
Fire Science Resources

Tackling Challenges of a Drier, Hotter, More Fire-Prone Future

"Research is increasingly showing how drought, heat, and wilfdire influence each other. Ongoing collaborations provide templates for how best to study these phenomena and plan for their future impacts." There are some excellent resources and a compelling synthesis in this article.

Burn Severity Portal
The USDA, USFS, and USGS have put together a new Burn Severity Portal, which is a single access point for as much post-fire mapping and field plot data as possible. The portal includes data gathered through a wide range of federal programs.

New monthly newsletter
FAC Circular, by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, will focus one aspects of fire adaptation in each newsletter, as outlined in their new guiding graphic. Learn more and subscribe here.
Tips for a Vibrant Virtual Workshop
This new virtual event guide from the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network is a great outline of  logistics to consider when planning a fully virtual meeting. But we think it's also very useful for general goal-setting and planning, which may help with hybrid meetings as well.
NAFSE Leadership Team (get more info here)
Nicholas Skowronski - PI    ·    Erin Lane - Coordinator
Amanda Mahaffey - Workshop/Field Trip Coordinator
Virginia Schutte - Communications Specialist
NAFSE Community Representatives
Jon Bailey, TNC   ·   Thomas Brady, NFFPC   ·   Joel Carlson, MAARNG    ·   Jenny Case, TNC
Kenneth Clark, USFS   ·   Don Donnelly, NJ Audubon   ·   Maris Gabliks, USFS
Michael Gallagher, USFS   ·   Tom Gerber, NJFFS   ·   Neil Gifford, APBPC
Lauren Howard, Arcadia U.   ·   Inga La Puma, LANDFIRE   ·   Greg Nowacki, USFS
William Patterson III, UMass   ·   John Ross, CIFFC   ·   Kathy Schwager, BNL
Albert Simeoni, WPI   ·   Tim Simmons, Simmons Stewardship   ·   Brad Simpkins, USFS
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