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Fire in Oak: Bringing Together Managers and Scientists for Solutions in the Northeast

Photo of A diverse mix of managers and scientists join in the field to discuss and discover creative solutions for oak regeneration using prescribed fire. Erin Lane, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.A diverse mix of managers and scientists join in the field to discuss and discover creative solutions for oak regeneration using prescribed fire. Erin Lane, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Snapshot : The North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange brings together diverse partners to learn and work together to address the issue of regenerating oak using fire. Through multiple interactive methods of collaboration, progressive discussion and an innovative vision is emerging.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Lane, ErinSkowronski, Nicholas
Research Location : Virtual, Field tours in and around Westborough, Mass.
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2016
Highlight ID : 1078

Summary

The Forest Service’s Northern Research Station has “jump started a long overdue effort in the Northeast relative to fire in oak,” according to John Scanlon, Habitat Program Leader for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, when referring to the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange team’s two-day workshop titled, “Fire in Oak Workshop: Regional Differences, Local Applicability.” The event included field tours and discussion among researchers and the managers focusing on fire and oak in New England and beyond. The workshop served as the in-person component of a series featuring aspects of managing oak systems using prescribed fire. The series included a discussion group conference call, two research briefs (one focused on regeneration, the other a synthesis), and a webinar on the impacts of fire on local fauna. Communications were ignited among participants from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as universities, conservation organizations, and consulting businesses, all with an interest in fire, oak, or both. During small group discussions at the workshop, professionals passionate about these topics deliberated on a vision for the future to successfully achieve management goals. Future research can help ascertain New England-specific modeling results, while greater experience, trained personnel, and funding will help implement fire on the landscape.

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External Partners

 
  • Forest Stewards Guild
  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact

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