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.
Discussing the relationships between fire management and the quality of habitat for bats: A workshop for scientists and land managers
Download a PDF copy of the announcement here.
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 matters: Development of an ArcGIS fire frequency, fuel accumulation, seasonality and prioritization tool to facilitate prescribed fire decision making on the Talladega National Forest, Alabama
The article "Fire Frequency matters: Development of an ArcGIS fire frequency, fuel accumulation, seasonality and prioritization tool to facilitate prescribed fire decision making on the Talladega National Forest, Alabama" by Jonathan M. Stober, District Biologist, Shoal Creek Ranger District, Talladega National Forest, Heflin, AL and Geoff Holden, Forest Geospatial Program Manager, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, Columbia, SC.
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?
Please follow this link to view the PDF file:Forest Recovery after Two Prescribed Fires in the southern Appalachian Mountains
The 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.
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.
Check out the new section on Eastern Invasives.