Using Fire Seasonality to Open the Burn Window
How can we use science-based reasoning to support burning outside of the dormant season? Our panel will discuss their work and your questions on this topic. Check back here for updates, resources, and eventually the recording of this discussion.
This discussion was approved for 1.5 Category 1 CEU's by the Society of American Foresters.
Amanda Mahaffey is a co-founder of the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange and serves as Deputy Director for the Forest Stewards Guild. She collaborates with partners on place-based projects on themes such as Foresters for the Birds, Women and Our Woods, the Rhode Island Woodland Partnership, and climate change adaptation. Amanda is a licensed forester and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Southern Maine.
Mike is a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station at the Silas Little Experimental Forest. He researches the drivers of fire behavior and fire regimes using a mix of prescribed fire experiments and remote sensing techniques. This work aims at a better understanding of complex fire behavior and how it leads to spatial heterogeneity in fire effects. Mike is also a wildland firefighter and has worked with state, federal, and non-profit crews in over a dozen states.
Don is an Assistant Professor in the forestry program at Clemson University, where he teaches courses and conducts applied research. His research program addresses how fires influence population, community, and ecosystem-level processes in southern Appalachian forests. Current research projects are supported by the Joint Fire Science Program, the US Forest Service, and the National Park Service. He also serves on the advisory board for the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists.
Jack is the Program Manager for the Lake States Fire Science Consortium funded by the Joint Fire Science Program and administered through The Ohio State University. Jack recevied a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from UW-Stevens Point, and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University. Jack's other professional experiences include Fire Manager and Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy, Consultant/ Contractor Burn Boss, and multiple seasonal positions with USFS and State DNR's.
Neil is the Conservation Director for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission in Albany, NY. As lead scientist, he directs management and research activities, within the 3,300 acre, globally-rare, pitch pine-scrub oak barrens preserve. Neil has been with the Commission for 24 years, using wildland fire and studying how it can help conserve rare wildlife and ecological communities. He is a NAFSE Community Representative and a graduate of Paul Smith’s College, and Plattsburgh State University.
Fuel for discussion:
Each person that registers has the opportunity to send us their questions and specific topics that they want to hear about from our panelists. We will use this input to help organize our discussion. What do you want to hear about?
What is the growing season prescribed burn effectiveness to meet burn objectives to reduce sprouting of shrubs?