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Thinking Beyond Fuel Reduction

March 17, 2022, 12PM Eastern

We often view prescribed fire simply as an alternative to wildfire and as little more than a tool for fuel reduction. This panel discussed some of the benefits of controlled burns that go beyond that notion. We explored using "goodfire" for food production, supporting wildlife, and keeping soils healthy as well as what it takes to build a burn program from scratch.

















 
This discussion was approved for 1.5 Category 1 CFE's by the Society of American Foresters.

Our panel

Jen Bunty

Jen Bunty

Jen is the Public Info Coordinator for the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists, one of 15 regional knowledge exchanges under the Joint Fire Science Program. Her background is in population ecology and science delivery. She works to connect fire researchers with natural resource managers and the public through publications, workshops, websites, social media, and educational trails.

Mac Callaham

Mac Callaham

Mac is a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, based in Athens, GA. He has 25 years of experience studying land management effects on soils, soil microbes, and soil invertebrates.

Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Ben is the President/CEO of the Ruffed Grouse & American Woodcock Society. His fire work began on the Homochitto National Forest investigating effects of prescribed fire on wild turkey habitat. He is currently interested in the effects of habitat restoration in reducing West Nile Virus in ruffed grouse. Ben also serves on the advisory board for the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists.

Lindsay Rae Silvia

Lindsay Rae Silvia

Lindsay is a wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service. As the Fuels Technician for the Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests her work focuses on returning fire to the landscape for pollinator and wildlife habitat enhancement. Through collaboration, she plans and implements prescribed fire for resource benefit as an RXB2. Her passion to uncover and highlight fire's role in northern New England fire-adapted plant communities serves as a driver to reintroduce fire across boundaries.

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