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In April 2010, the Southern Research Station (U.S. Forest Service) and The Nature Conservancy received funding from the Joint Fire Science Program to create the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists (CAFMS). The consortium facilitates communication between fire managers and scientists in a number of formats by building on their existing ties within the Fire Learning Network. CAFMS includes fire managers along with government and university scientists throughout the Appalachian region which stretches from Pennsylvania to Alabama.

Past, Present, and Future of the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) Project

2014-04-08 1:00 pm
2014-04-08 2:00 pm
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Discussing the relationships between fire management and the quality of habitat for bats: A workshop for scientists and land managers

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Mark your calendars for this event on April 30th and May 1st, 2014, at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky. The primary focus of this workshop will be a synthesis of research funded through the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP #10-1-06-1). Results will be presented in a multi-trophic context that that will be relevant for stewards and scientists alike across the Appalachians and Oak Woodlands Consortia.

Fire Frequency Tool


Prescribed fire is used widely to mitigate wildfires and restore ecosystems.

A Meta-Analysis of the Fire-Oak Hypothesis: Does Prescribed Burning Promote Oak Reproduction in Eastern North America?

Patrick H. Brose, Daniel C. Dey, Ross J. Phillips, and Thomas A. Waldrop
Abstract: The fire-oak hypothesis asserts that the current lack of fire is a reason behind the widespread oak
(Quercus spp.) regeneration difficulties of eastern North America, and use of prescribed burning can help solve
this problem.

Introducing the newly updated Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems

Introduction to Prescribed FireThe goal was to update this extensively used guide to include the best available research and current management practices. The previous versions emphasized prescribed burning on the Coastal Plain while this version adds information on burning in grasslands and on steep terrain.

Successful Fall Burning in High Elevation Forests

Dean Simon, N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission

The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) were successful in 2011 with expanding their traditional mountain burning seasons from winter and spring to incorporate a fall burn window and complete burning projects in high elevation red oak forests on a 98-acre site at NCWRC’s Three Top Mountain Game Land and on a 87-acre area at TNC’s Bluff Mountain Preserve. Multiple attempts to conduct these projects during winter and spring burning seasons over the past several years have been thwarted by persistent gusty winds on these high elevation sites in Ashe County, NC, which average 4,600 to 4,800 feet in elevation. Additionally, the heavy snows during the last two winters compressed the leaf litter, making it slow to dry out and difficult to burn. Snow remained in patches in these higher elevation forests until mid-April. By mid-May, spring wildflowers and grasses appeared, trees were leafing out, and shading kept leaf litter too moist for desirable fire behavior.