"Ecomath" is a term coined for the prioritization of controlled burns developed by participants in the Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network. The current version of Ecomath evaluates and ranks existing and potential controlled burn units. The result is a GIS shapefile with a unique score for each square kilometer section of a UTM based grid on the landscape. The score for each area is intended to be used in identifying priorities for future fire planning and management.
Prescribed fire is used widely to mitigate wildfires and restore ecosystems. This tool was developed to evaluate fire’s cumulative impact, calculate frequency, examine seasonality and estimate fuel accumulation to facilitate decision making in targeting successive prescribed fire application.
Article 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.