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Dates and Deadlines

Appalachian Conference

9/14--Last day to register for the hotel and receive guaranteed low rates in our room block

9/16-EXTENDED:  TREE grants for Appalachian Conference


Large Wildland Fires Conference

Now Open-Call for Presentations, Attached Meetings, Workshops & Special Sessions proposals

9/1-Early Bird Registration opens 

10/15-Call for workshops closes

12/1--NEW!  Student Travel TREE grants for the Large Wildland Fires Conference--Early Decision applications due Dec. 1.  More funding possible in 2014.

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Wildland Fire in the Appalachians Conference, Oct. 8-10, 2013

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Make your hotel reservations soon!  If you haven't done so already, you should book your room at the Hotel Roanoke by Sept. 14.  Our room block with our guaranteed lower rates ends then.

NEW!  Red Card Refresher Course:  Monday, October 7 from 10am-3:30 at the conference hotel. The cost is $30 and includes continental breakfast and continuous coffee break and snacks. Register for the course here.


TREE Student Travel Grants have been extended until September 16.  


Shortleaf Pine Initiative Meeting!  On the day after the conference, Friday Oct. 11, the second of the stakeholder workshops in support of writing the Shortleaf Pine Conservation Plan will be held at the Hotel Roanoke. The workshop will be held from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Lunch will be provided. The workshop is FREE but we ask that you fill out and return a registration form to  by October 4th so we can appropriately plan. See the website for agenda, registration forms, and other information.


AFE Awards Banquet:  Every year, AFE holds an annual awards banquet.  This year, it will be Tuesday Oct. 8 at 6:30pm.  We will be giving The Stoddard Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has made a significant contribution to fire ecology and management in the eastern US. This award is named after the long-time prescribed fire advocate for longleaf pine management, Herbert Stoddard, Sr.  We will also be presenting 2 awards to students, our Graduate and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards. The Banquet guest speaker will be Dr. David Van Lear.  If you didn't include the banquet in your registration, it's not too late to sign up or to add a guest.   Register for the banquet here.


Field Trip Details:  An optional field trip will be offered on the last day of the conference, October 10.  It will be designed for open discussion of problems and opportunities for fire management in the southern Appalachian Mountains.  Stops include views of prescribed burning in different cover types on the Jefferson National Forest and a wildfire at the Barbours Creek Wilderness Area. The registration fee covers transportation and a box lunch.  We will leave the Hotel Roanoke at 8 am and return at approximately 5 pm.  We will see, present and discuss:

1)  Fire effects on wildlife and vegetation in two areas prescribed burned several times. The field trip will visit ecological systems including pine/oak-heath, post-oak woodlands, and mixed dry oak forests, 

2)  Monitoring techniques developed by the Fire Learning Network and other partners used for vegetation and wildlife, and

3)  The political, social, and practical effects of wildfire and post fire management in designated Wilderness area.


View the Conference Program Here.


Large Wildland Fires Conference, May 19-23, 2014

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Now accepting submissions for:
Student TREE Travel Grants (early decision closes Dec. 1)
SAVE THE DATE for these other AFE events:
Fostering Resilience in Southwestern Ecosystems: A Problem Solving Workshop.
Tucson, Arizona.  February 25-27, 2014.  Sponsored by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, with support from AFE.  Download a printable flyer here.

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
San Antonio, Texas, USA.  November 16-20, 2015.  Sponsored by the Association for Fire Ecology.
This event, held every three years, is one of the largest and most important fire ecology conferences in the world. The conference will be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel in an exciting and historic part of San Antonio. Stay tuned for more details.