Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Northeast Region
Plymouth, MA Fire Dept.
A firefighter from Plymouth, MA, uses a drip torch to ignite grasses in a prescribed fire.    
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
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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

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February 2016
Scanning the Future of Wildfire: Resilience Ahead...One Way or Another  
Front cover of the report Scanning the Future of Wildfire Resilience Ahead Whether We Like It or Not. A recent research project supported by the Joint Fire Science Program brought together futures researchers and wildfire specialists to envision what the future holds for wildfire impacts and how the wildfire community may respond to the complex suite of emerging challenges.
The consensus of the project's foresight panel suggests that an era of resilience is ahead, but that this resilience may come with one of the following:
  • A very high cost (after some kind of collapse)
  • A more systematic path (if the wildfire community plans for, and fosters, resilience)
  • Something in between
In any projected future scenario, the panel suggests that the end of the fire suppression paradigm is imminent and that a new paradigm -- one that fosters natural resilience of the system, along with natural wildfire -- is arising. 

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New Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Web Site
Check out this new resource for those working to safeguard U.S. communities from wildfire. The new Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network Web site includes an interactive map, searchable resources, a new FAC Self-Assessment Tool, and more!

Check out this great new wildland fire resource and connect with your peers across the country. We all have a role to play in making wildland-urban interface communities more adapted to fire. 

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Event Raises Awareness and Funds for Wildland Firefighter Foundation
Wildfire on Ice Hockey Tournament banner. Employees of the Superior and Chippewa National Forests recently participated in the 5th Annual Wildfire on Ice Hockey Tournament in Walker, MN. This event brings together people from different natural resource agencies to support the national Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Activities included skating with Smokey, a raffle, banquet, and silent auction. All proceeds go to the foundation. Last year, it was the foundation's second-largest fundraiser.

Source: Chief's Desk Newsletter, January 22, 2016

Grants are Available for National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day May 7
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day banner for 2016.Apply now to get funding for your Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project. State Farm is providing funding for 125 projects ($500 each) to cover expenses related to grassroots efforts. Apply by February 28 to be considered for a funding award. For more information about this effort, go to this National Fire Protection Association Web site.

New Fire Adapted Communities Learning Networks Field Guide Released
This guide provides a brief overview of the Fire Learning Network and its related programs -- the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network, Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX), and Scaling-Up to Promote Ecosystem Resiliency (SPER) targeted implementation projects.

The individual pages and sections are designed to be usable as stand-alone factsheets.
This most recent edition of the Field Guide (January 2016) includes:
  • Three-page introduction to the Fire Learning Network (FLN) and related efforts;
  • Map of all four efforts;
  • Factsheets for 13 regional FLNs and large landscape collaboratives;
  • Two-page introduction to the FAC Learning Network;
  • Factsheets for 16 FAC Learning Network member organizations and three state-wide efforts;
  • Two-page overview of TREX and the nine events held in 2015;
  • One-page summary of the five SPER II projects;
  • Indexes that cross reference FLN landscapes by partner type, expertise, threatened and endangered species, and invasive species; and
  • Indexes that cross reference FAC hubs by actions, strategies, and outreach efforts.
New Report Provides Insight to Community Success in Reducing Wildfire Risk
Cover of Land Use Planning to Reduce Wildfire Risk Lessons from Five Western Cities. This report documents how wildfires are increasingly an urban problem that affects not just homes but also water and power supplies, transportation networks, and cultural resources, resulting in injuries, lost lives, and millions of dollars in damages. While focused on five western U.S. cities, there are valuable lessons in this report for communities all across the country. See the full Land Use Planning to Reduce Wildfire Risk report .
Webinar - LANDFIRE: The Biophysical Settings and Historic Fire Regimes of the North Atlantic
Presenter:  Randy Swaty, The Nature Conservancy - LANDFIRE team
When: March 16, 2016 12:00 pm ET

LANDFIRE is a multipartner program that characterizes vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics for the United States. Many of the datasets build upon one another, making them easy to work with and adapt for local use. In this Webinar, Randy Swaty of The Nature Conservancy's LANDFIRE team will explore the presettlement vegetation and fire regimes of the Northeastern U.S. as modeled and mapped by LANDFIRE. This work is enabled by the Biophysical Settings models and descriptions, which Randy will describe. There will also be a "call to action" because LANDFIRE is planning to update and improve these bundles over the next year.

For conference details go to the LANDFIRE Webinar Web site.
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5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

Image of the earth with the flags of many nations encircling it.
The International Association of Wildland Fire and the Joint Fire Science Program present the 5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference April 11-15, 2016. This conference will be held concurrently in Portland, OR, in the United States and in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia!

What To Expect from this Event
A highly educational, engaging, and entertaining week featuring selected keynote addresses; numerous plenary, concurrent, and poster presentations; panel discussions; vendor exhibits and displays; and other special sessions (e.g. field trips, staff ride). This conference will advance the knowledge and practice of fire behavior and fuels management in the field of wildland fire and support sounds choices in fire management. 

Who Should Attend?
We encourage participation of government and nongovernment staff and volunteers at all levels:
  • Firefighters
  • Fire and Land Managers
  • Researchers and Scientists
  • Educators
  • Fire Management Consultants
  • Community Engagement Specialists
  • University Students
  • Members of the public interested in planned burning
  • Anyone who has a vested interest in dealing with wildland fire and bushfire in the future
For more information, go to the Fire and Fuels Conference Web site.

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Conferences, Meetings, and Training Opportunities

Midwest Wildfire Training Academy
Sponsored in cooperation with the Big Rivers Forest Fire Management Compact and the U.S. Forest Service
June 8-12, 2016
Jefferson City, MO
Held in conjunction with the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute's Annual Summer Fire School.
Registration Opens February 5, 2016 @

Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy
Sponsored in cooperation with the Middle Atlantic Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact, U.S. Forest Service, and West Virginia University
June 4-10, 2016
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Registration will be open soon @

Conferences and Meetings

North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange Oak Capstone Workshop  
Fire in Oak Workshop Regional Differences, Local Applicability
June 15-16, 2016 
Westborough, MA


2016 Wildland Urban Interface Conference
March 8-10, 2016
Peppermill Resort
Reno, NV
Online Registration and Hotel Information

5th International Fire Behavior & Fuels Conference
Wicked Problems, New Solutions: Our Fire, Our Problem
April 11-16, 2016
Held concurrently in Portland, OR, and Melbourne, Australia

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