Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Northeast Region
Helicopter flies over a forest fire.
Pagami Creek Fire, Superior NF, Minnesota, September 2011. (Photo: Kari Greer)
Resilient Landscapes - Fire-Adapted Communities - Safe and Effective Wildfire Response  
The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee (NE RSC) provides executive leadership, coordination, and guidance to carry out the Northeast Regional Action Plan while providing a forum for members to guide strategic direction for fire and land management activities. The NE RSC continues to collaboratively recognize, support, and help with National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy goals and implementation efforts.

NE RSC Chair: Brad Simpkins, New Hampshire State Forester
In This Issue
Northeast Region Cohesive Strategy Key Contacts

New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands

172 Pembroke Road

PO Box 1856

Concord, NH 03302-1856


Maureen Brooks

Communications Working Group Lead

U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area S&PF


Larry Mastic

Coordinator, Northeast Region

Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

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August 2016

LANDFIRE Update Underway in the Northeast 
LANDFIRE and North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange logos.
By Jeannie Patton , Communications Lead, TNC-LANDFIRE

LANDFIRE is an innovative program designed to create and periodically update comprehensive vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics data using a consistent process for the United States, including Alaska and Hawai'i. LANDFIRE produced and delivered state-and-transition models and descriptions for every major ecological system ( Biophysical Settings, or BpS ) mapped by the program between 2005 and 2009 - information about vegetation dynamics, structure, and composition on lands across the U.S. prior to Euro-American settlement.

The Nature Conservancy's LANDFIRE team sees an
opportunity for collaboration with the Cohesive Strategy effort that can result in a win-win for both.

Our collaboration can begin here: The
  Nature Conservancy's LANDFIRE team is leading the update of more than 1,000 BpS models and descriptions - the first since they were delivered - and is soliciting expert opinion and insight.

Your help is needed!

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Delaware Wildfire Crew Headed to Rocky Mountains
SMYRNA, Del. (July 25, 2016) - The Delaware Forest Service is sending a team of 20 wildland firefighters to the Rocky Mountain region for a scheduled two-week assignment to battle wildfires for the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). The crew departed Blackbird State Forest this morning and is headed to Denver, CO, to be "pre-positioned" for a specific assignment.

On July 25, the NIFC's National Preparedness Level was increased to 3 on a 5-point scale, a reflection of increased fire activity nationwide as well as hot and dry weather conditions across most of the West. Currently, 26 large fires have burned more than 232,000 acres in 12 states. Four new large fires were reported yesterday in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, and Wyoming.

A group of firefighters from Delaware pose for a picture.
Delaware wildfire crew at Blackbird State Forest: Front Row: (from left) Todd W. Shaffer of Smithsburg, MD; Samual L. Topper of Federalsburg, MD; Christopher S. Riale of New Castle; Monica Testa of Newark; Adam N. Keever of Newark; Alexander J. Jenks of Rehoboth Beach. Back Row: (from left) William T. Seybold of Dover; Charles D. Collins of Newark; Todd D. Gsell of Townsend; Nathaniel J. Sommers of Smyrna; Daryl D. Trotman of Milford; Scott A. Veasey of Millsboro; Zachary R. Brown of Harbeson; Spencer F. Valenti of Dover; Bartholomew D. Wilson of Dover; Jeffrey A. Wilson of Clayton; Daniel A. Mihok of Camden; Michael L. Krumrine of Magnolia; Laura K. Yowell of Trappe, MD; Christopher R. Valenti of Dover.

Contact Kyle Hoyd, Delaware Forest Service, 302-698-4548.

Read the full Delaware wildfire crew news release. 2017 Research Topics -- Sneak Peak logo. Friday Flash eNews
Issue 158 / July 15, 2016

We will be requesting proposals through one or more formal Funding Opportunity Notice (FON) announcements beginning approximately September 15, 2016, and remaining open through November 17, 2016.

This is an early alert to investigators interested in the topics listed [in this post] so you can begin considering responsive ideas with potential partners and collaborators.

Please recognize that final decisions regarding topic selection will not be made until September 2016 and that final topic selection may differ from [those in this post].

Read the full Friday Flash eNews post for July 15, 2016.   
Wildland Mobile Technology Working Group Mobile Technology Cheat Sheet 2016
Wildland Fire Information and Technology banner. Forest Service shield is on the left and the U.S. Department of the Interior logo is on the right.

Every year the Working Group puts together a "cheat sheet" for mobile technology within Fire and Aviation Management. Feedback and field information from pilots is consolidated and put together to provide a starting point for the use of mobile tech (primarily apps and devices) in fire.
Of course, this cheat sheet is by NO MEANS all inclusive!! So please -- if you know of other tips/tricks/apps/information that have worked well for you in your fire job or you see lots of folks it to the discussion and add it to the list!

Access the Mobile Technology Cheat Sheet for 2016 via the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development & Application Web site. 
New Wildfire Web Application Keeps You Informed
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Photo banner for Wildfires Near Me app. Firefighters walk in a line.

What is it?

Wildfires Near Me
is a beta Web application that focuses on keeping you informed about wildfires in your area. You tell the app all the places you care about and you will receive an email or text message when a fire is possibly threatening that location. It's fast, simple, and easy to use. Get the app and more information .
Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire! DVD
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DVD cover for Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire. Decades of research shows that there IS something you can do to keep your home from igniting during a wildfire. This new DVD,  Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire!, shows that sometimes it's the little things that count the most to keep your home safe from a wildfire. During the chaos of a wildfire, these little things might go unnoticed and turn into a big problem for a home and neighborhood. If your home doesn't ignite, it can't burn.
Dr. Jack Cohen, Physical Research Scientist, offers his insight as he assesses a home and its vulnerability to a wildfire.

Supported by new research, this video is a must to see and to share with others during Firewise┬« days, events, or other community presentations.

Homeowners and Residents, Wildland Mitigation Specialists, Emergency Response personnel, Insurance Professionals, Firewise State Liaisons, Community Planners

Conferences, Meetings, and Training Opportunities

October 20-30, 2016
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY
Registrations due by September 26, 2016.
Register online
An Instructional, Practical and Pragmatic Approach to Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation
December 6-8, 2016
Mystic, CT
Contact your state or provincial forest fire prevention specialist in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic
Conferences and Meetings


LaCrosse, WI
Contact the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium if you are interested in contributing to a special session about suppressing invasive plants using integrated treatment that includes prescribed fire. 


September 19-22, 2016 
Savannah, GA
Hilton Savannah DeSoto 
The Georgia Forestry Commission is pleased to partner with the NASF to bring together the nation's forestry and wildfire leaders at the beautiful Hilton Desoto in historic downtown Savannah, GA. NASF looks forward to hosting you for an exceptional week of business, learning, and networking. Registration closes September 12! Register today. More information.
2nd International Smoke Symposium
November 14-17, 2016
Beyond Hazard Fuels: Managing Fire for Social, Economic, and Ecological Benefits
Held concurrently with the 1st Applied Fire Science Workshop
November 28 - December 2, 2016
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Tucson, AZ
Now Accepting Submissions for Special Sessions, Workshops and Trainings
and Attached Meetings .
Call for oral and poster presentation abstract submissions opened April 1. Registration now open.

FireVision 20/20: A 20-Year Reflection and Look into the Future
7th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress

Held concurrently with the 2nd Applied Fire Science Workshop
Hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology in cooperation with the Southern Fire Exchange
November 28 - December 2, 2017
Orlando, FL

The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee (NE RSC) delivers articles and stories each month that demonstrate the collaborative efforts of agencies, organizations and communities supporting and promoting the three goals of the Cohesive Strategy: Restoring Resilient Landscapes, Creating Fire Adapted Communities and Responding to Wildfire. 


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