Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Northeast Region
Plymouth, MA Fire Dept.
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
Conferences, Meetings and Training


Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors Annual 2015 Meeting

June 15-19, 2015    

Quincy, MA


Backyards and Beyond 2015 Wildland Fire Education Conference

October 22-24, 2015

Myrtle Beach, SC




Wildland Urban Interface Conference
March 20-24, 2015

March 24-26, 2015   

Reno, NV


Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves: Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire

13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire 

April 20-24, 2015

Boise Centre, Boise, ID

5th Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference
May 27-29, 2015

Tuscaloosa, AL

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
Advancing Ecology in Fire Management: Knowledge Transfer through Workshops, Presentations, and Meetings
November 16-20, 2015

San Antonio, TX



---Wildfire Training---


Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario, Manitoba)

S-490 Advanced Wildfire Behaviour

March 3-9, 2015

Madison, WI


S349 - Resources Unit Leader/Demobilization Unit Leader

Course Description 
Session Details

March 3-6, 2015

Eastern Area
Champaign, IL


S359 - Medical Unit Leader

Course Description 
Session Details

March 24-26, 2015

Eastern Area
Champaign, IL


S339 - Division/Group Supervisor

Course Description 

Session Details

April 14-16, 2015

Eastern Area
Champaign, IL


2015 Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy

June 6-12, 2015

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV



Important Northeast Cohesive Strategy Wildland Fire Management Links

Northeast Regional Strategy Committee

Northeast Regional Cohesive Strategy Committee


Forest Fire Compacts

Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact


Big Rivers Forest Fire Management Compact


Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact


Middle Atlantic Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact



Eastern Area Coordinating Group


Quick Links

Cohesive Strategy


Fire Adapted Communities Coalition


Dovetail Partners




National Wildland Fire Training 


National Wildfire Coordinating Group Training


Science and Joint Fire Science Consortiums/Exchanges

National Joint Fire Science Program


North Atlantic Fire Science Consortium


Lake States Fire Science Consortium


Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium


Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center


Social Media

Cohesive Strategy on Twitter 


February 2015
Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 Would End Transfers of Cash from Land Management Programs
National Association of State Foresters
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Washington--United States Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) today introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (H.R. 167). The bill would change how the federal government budgets for wildland fire suppression to eliminate the need to transfer funds from critical forest conservation and management programs.
Glowing fire in the forest.
(Photo courtesy of NASF)
Announcing the Fire Adapted Communities 2015 Field Guide
Wendy Fulks, January 22, 2015

I'm very happy to announce that we have just published our first in-depth look at the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network. The FAC Learning Network Field Guide summarizes recent activities and accomplishments for the Network's 17 hub organizations. The Guide provides a snapshot of current Network membership and includes contact information and key partner lists for each hub.

Cover Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Field Guide January 2015

Watershed Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities: Quick Guides Now Available
Lenya Quinn-Davidson, January 29, 2015

We are pleased to release our first set of Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network quick guides! This four-part series, which focuses on Increasing Watershed Resilience to Promote Fire Adapted Communities, provides community leaders with new ideas and inspiration for developing watershed-wide forest resiliency and restoration programs. The quick guides are based on examples and insights from four communities in the West: Ashland, OR; Santa Fe, NM; the Upper South Platte in Colorado; and Flagstaff, AZ. The guides provide details on strategies and projects that have worked in those places, and they also emphasize the need for site-specific innovation in programs that are just getting off the ground.

Through our quick guides, we aim to provide the FAC community with user-friendly technical guidance that is rooted in the experiences and successes of Network members. Quick guides will highlight best practices, lessons learned, and practitioner tips and recommendations, and provide other useful tools around issues of interest and concern.


Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Plans Prescribed Burns on 4,000 Acres to Prevent Wildfires
Cristina Rojas, Times of Trenton, January 24, 2015

Fire smolders in the woods.

A series of prescribed burns will take place at the joint base this winter to reduce the potential for wildfires.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst--The joint base is preparing to conduct about 4,000 acres of prescribed burns that officials say are crucial to clearing away brush that could fuel larger, uncontrolled forest fires. The intentional burns will take place this winter in various locations throughout the 42,000-acre base that spans Burlington and Ocean Counties in New Jersey.

"It has proven to be an effective and economical practice in protecting the joint base wildlands and safeguarding the joint base and surrounding communities," according to a press release issued by the base. The burns are intended to help prevent wildfires; reduce the intensity of the fires; and provide a foundation for safer, more effective fire suppression and protection operations, officials said. Prescribed burns can also help rebuild habitats and remove invasive species.

Trained fire personnel set prescribed burns under specified fuel and weather conditions. Smoke from the fires may be visible to residents and employees.

Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) Establishes the National Strategy Committee
Wildland Fire Leadership Council logo.
On its quarterly conference call on January 20, 2015, the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC)* approved a charter and a set of 13 committee members and 4 ex-officio members to establish the National Strategy Committee (NSC). This working team of technical experts will carry out the WFLC's direction to guide implementation of the National Cohesive Strategy and Action Plan as approved by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture in April 2014.

NSC responsibilities include:
  • Researching and analyzing topics provided by the WFLC and providing appropriate information and recommendations to the WFLC.
  • Advising the WFLC on opportunities to provide integrated and coordinated implementation of the Cohesive Strategy.
  • Representing their "field" or specialty area when formulating recommendations and information for the WFLC.
  • Acting as a conduit back to the representatives' agencies and organizations, and the three Regional Strategy Committees.

* The Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) is an intergovernmental committee of Federal, state, tribal, county, and municipal government officials convened by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Homeland Security dedicated to consistent implementation of wildland fire policies, goals, and management activities.

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Webinar Announcement: Fire Scars Record the Dynamics of Ecosystem Combustion in the Northeast

Presenter: Dr. Richard Guyette, University of Missouri

February 26, 2015, 12:00 p.m. EST


What can fire scars tell us about wildland fire rates in the Northeast under a changing climate? In the second Webinar presented by the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, Dr. Richard Guyette will discuss the application of a combustion model derived from fire scar data to predict fire probability in the Northeast. Click here to register on the event page.

North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange logo.

Northeast Region Cohesive Strategy Key Contacts


New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands

172 Pembroke Road

PO Box 1856

Concord, NH 03302-1856


Terry Gallagher

Technical Working Group Lead

U.S. Forest Service Eastern Region


Maureen Brooks

Communications Working Group Lead

U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area S&PF


Larry Mastic

Coordinator, Northeast Region

Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy  


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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