NAFSE January 2015 Newsletter
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In this month's Newsletter:

Follow NAFSE's New Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr Pages
Register Now For The NAFSE Field Trip
Check Out Greg Nowacki's December Webinar Recording
In The News: Quail And Fire In NJ
Upcoming Events: Conferences And Webinars
Help Improve LandFire Data In Your Region

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NAFSE field trip in Cape Cod! 
REGISTER: Restoration Ecology in the Context of Fire  

Thursday, February 5, 2015 

This field trip is being offered in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Conservation Forum. Click here for more information and to register. Only a few spaces are left!

See a virtual field trip preview.  Use the legend items to get more info and see images of the sites we will visit.  Preview provided by Kate Sullivan of NE-Forest Fire and Management, LLC.


The one-day field-based workshop on February 5 will focus on fire in land management, one of the unique features of the Pine Barrens ecosystem. We invite participation from the spectrum of land managers at work in the Pine Barrens, including municipal, state, federal, private, and non-governmental organizations, as well as fire scientists and managers from further afield. Presentations and field tour stops will examine themes in restoration, habitat management, ecological goal-setting, prescribed burning techniques, and the potential for fire planning in the future of the Pine Barrens.

Morning site visits - view four different combinations of site prep, mastication, harvesting, & burn treatments. On-site speakers include: Dave Celino, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Afternoon site visits - New England cottontail habitat, Trustees of Reservations, Simon Lowe Conservation Area (Orenda Wildlife Land Trust)

Register for the forum presentations on Feb 6th!  

NAFSE December Webinar Recording and Technical Report

Last month we hosted a well-attended webinar by Greg Nowacki titled: 


Click here to see the recording of the webinar (fill in the short form to view the recording). You can still see NAFSE's research brief on the journal article here.

Feel free to contact Greg Nowacki if you have further questions on this topic.

In the News:

Restoring quail habitat using prescribed fire in the New Jersey Pinelands

Check out this article in the Press of Atlantic City on a cooperative effort between NJ Audubon, Tall Timbers Research Station, Bob Williams at Pine Creek Forestry, LLC and the Haines family to restore bobwhite quail to land near cranberry farms using prescribed fire.
Upcoming Events:

From the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium:
Webinar January 13, 2015 -Tomorrow. Time: 1pm central time/ 2pm eastern time
"Managing Vegetation Composition and Structure in Eastern Grasslands Using Fire and Combinations of Fire and Other
Treatments" By:  John Gruchy
To join click here Enter room as a "Guest", beginning at 12:45 pm on the day of the webinar

From the Lake States Fire Science Consortium: 
Webinar January 15, 2015 at 2 PM EST / 1 PM CST 
"Phragmites and Prescribed Fire: Seasonal Prescriptions and Risk" By: Lee Osterland
 Click HERE to Connect to Webinar
Please use Guest Login and type in first and last name – no registration or passcode needed

Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference
The 5th Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference will be held 27-29 May 2015 at the Bryant Conference Center on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


The goal of the Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference is to improve land stewardship through transfer of knowledge and technology of fire as a management tool and its role in a historical context. The conference brings together noted experts in research and management to present state-of-the-art information, perspectives, and syntheses on key issues and provides learning and networking opportunities to over 300 participants.
The conference is held once every three to five years and the prior meetings were held in Springfield, Missouri (2011), Carbondale, Illinois (2008), Columbus, Ohio (2005), and Richmond, Kentucky (2000). This symposium will emphasize topics relevant to management of oak and oak-pine forests and woodlands and should be of great interest to managers, scientists, landowners, consultants and students.

The conference will feature field tours, 16 invited presentations, a poster session, and a panel discussion led by scientists and managers on a wide range of topics in fire science and management. 

Help improve LandFire Data in your region!

The LandFire Program i
s asking for your help to gather current disturbance and plot data by January 31st, 2015.

They are interested in the following data:
Polygon data: for disturbance and treatment activities
Plot data: for vegetation and fuel conditions
Feedback: on LandFire products.
Click here to contribute to this national effort.
The Joint Fire Science Digest Collection

These fire science digests 
summarize results from a broad research topic in twelve to sixteen pages, along with helpful photos and graphics.  What a great resource!
Check out the online version of the Fire Behavior Reference Guide.

John Kern, Deputy Chief, Field Operations, Region 3 in Florida had this to say about the Guide:

"With the Fireline Handbook going away, along with its Appendix B that has/had lots of fire behavior info, charts, tables… we felt there might be a need for creating a “place” where this info should be stored in a more contemporary format.
NAFSE Leadership Team

USFS Northern Research Station
Nicholas Skowronski - PI
Erin Lane - Coordinator
Forest Guild
Amanda Mahaffey - Workshop and Field Trip Coordinator
NEFFPC / Rutgers University
Inga La Puma - Co-PI/ Science Communications Director

NAFSE Community Representatives


Gregory Nowacki, USFS
Kenneth Clark, USFS
Thomas Parent, NEFFPC
Maris Gabliks, USFS
John Ross, CIFFC

Tom Gerber, NJFFS
John Cecil, NJ Audubon
Brad Simpkins, NHDFL
Neil Gifford, APBPC
Jessica Leahy, U of ME
Lauren Howard, Arcadia U.
Joel Carlson, NEFFM, LLC.
William Patterson, III., UMass
Matthew Duveneck, Harvard Forest

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