On September 10, 2019 we held a community meeting to bring together community members, local representatives, researchers, and natural resource managers from the USDA Forest Service, Clemson University, The Nature Conservancy and other organizations. There were science-based presentations about the future of land management and forest rehabilitation on the Sumter National Forest.
Firewise of Southwest Colorado has established a Neighborhood Ambassador program to help local communities adapt to living with wildfire. Neighborhood Ambassadors lead their own communities in efforts to become more aware of and safer from wildfire. This webinar is an introduction to that program and a discussion about the possibility of establishing a similar program in the Appalachian Mountains.
Tara Keyser (USDA Forest Service - Southern Research Station) discusses her recent research on controlled burning and short-term stem mortality in the central hardwood region, USA.
Joe Lemeris (SC State Parks) discusses his project to plan for better burn prioritization using GIS maps and ecozone data for the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. He defines the variables he used and includes how the process might be changed in the future or for other systems.
Michael Stambaugh (University of Missouri) presents recent work on fire history studies in Pennsylvania.
Charles LaFon (Texas A&M University) presents the CAFMS produced publication "Fire History of the Appalachian Region: A Review and Synthesis" (Available Here). He discusses how fires shaped Appalachian forests before the fire exclusion era and current research on fire and forest composition. A discussion period follows the presentation.
CAFMS Public Info Coordinator, Jen Bunty, discusses a collaborative outreach project between The Nature Conservancy, the USDA Forest Service, and the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists. The presentation includes specific information about how they designed educational signs, produced a podcast, and launched a social media campaign about the role of fire in western North Carolina. She includes specifics about pricing, time requirements and plans for more Fire Learning Trails in the future.
*sound works best with headphones*
Avenza Maps is becoming popular on firelines because it has made mobile GIS technology easy to access across devices. It allows for quick transfer of information with downloadable maps, easy search functions and GPS tracking abilities.
Jason Hattersley is the Timber Sale Administrator for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. He has extensive experience as a wildland firefighter and using the Avenza system on the ground. The 30 minute presentation includes an overview of how you can use the Avenza Map System as a tool in the field for wildfires or controlled burns and Jason's suggestions based on his experience followed by Q&A.
Managers and planners need scientifically sound information on historical fire regimes and contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes to make informed management decisions. To address this need, two new fire regime publications Fire Regime Reports and Fire Regime Syntheses are now available and spatially searchable.Read More
In 2013 and 2014, CAFMS hosted workshops for scientists and land managers to discuss the relationship between fire management and quality of habitats for bats. You can access presentations from these workshops by clicking on the links below.