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 and Meetings


2015 Winter Training/Awareness Meeting of the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact

January 28-29, 2015

South Portland, ME


2015 Midwest Fire Conference
Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
February 17-19, 2015

Dubuque, IA


Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors Annual 2015 Meeting

June 22-26, 2015

Foxboro, 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


Quick Links

Fire Adapted Communities Coalition
Northeast Region Cohesive Strategy Key Contacts

Brad Simpkins


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. 


This news update is our primary communication tool with our partners and the public. Looking for more Northeast Region Cohesive Strategy information or past published news update issues? Visit this Web site.  



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January 2015
Michigan Goes Digital with Electronic Smokey Bear Fire Danger Signs 
Digital Fire Danger Sign in Michigan
Mackinaw Bridge North I-75. (Photo: Michigan DNR)

Editor's Note: Thanks to Dan Laux, Michigan DNR Fire Prevention Specialist, for providing this article.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is getting technical when spreading fire prevention messages to the public. It has placed electronic Smokey Bear fire danger rating signs in strategic locations across the State where fire danger messages can be delivered to a large number of travelers using State highways and rest areas.

Read the full article about Michigan's electronic Smokey Bear fire danger rating signs.
Beetle Trackers Hunt for "Hitchhikers"
Monday, December 22, 2014
By Tate Williams, Correspondent (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
All photographs by the author

Editor's Note: This article describes a great example of creative thinking to achieve better program integration as envisioned by the Cohesive Strategy. Specifically, the concept of the Forest Fire Compact has been expanded to include forest health issues, such as invasive insect pests, which have a direct relationship to resilient landscapes and wildfire risk. 

Outlying Areas Combed for Wayward Pests
Someon looks through a spotting scope to identify the cause of damage to a tree.
Aron Bishop, entomology technician with the Maine Forest Service, inspects damage to a tree in Uxbridge with help from Shawn Cameron, a forester with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

UXBRIDGE - In a wooded residential area off Route 122, a team of foresters and entomologists took turns looking through a scope at a small hole in the bark of a maple, maybe 55 feet up. Everyone agreed the damage came from a bird, probably a woodpecker, and not the Asian longhorned beetle.

A very good thing, since the invasive insect is not supposed to be this far beyond the infestation in Worcester.

But after 6 years of surveying 5 million potential host trees and removing about 34,000, the team fighting the beetle is taking a closer look at outlying areas that could be at risk of satellite infestations. If one compares Worcester's infestation to a fire, the team is hunting for sparks that might have gone astray without anyone knowing.

Becoming Fire Adapted: An Evolutionary Process in the Pine Barrens
By Bill Brash

Aerial photo of an area in New Jersey of a fire boundary.
The 2007 Warren Grove Fire burned more than 17,000 acres and, in several instances, was stopped right at the edge of several communities. (Photo courtesy of New Jersey Forest Fire Service)
In New Jersey there is a dichotomy with respect to the risk of wildfire and the understanding of that risk by many residents. South Jersey is home to the Pine Barrens, a 1.1-million-acre forest of pitch pine, shortleaf pine, and scrub oak that has evolved with fire as one of the dominant forces. The Pine Barrens have evolved through a millennium of frequent wildfires that have shaped the flora and fauna found there, and much of this evolutionary process or its implications are lost on new residents.

Read the full article about the Pine Barrens.
North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange Research Brief Available
Banner for Research Brief for Resource Managers

The North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange is excited to present its research briefs! These "quick read" one-page documents highlight all types of fire science research relevant to the North Atlantic region. Check out the December 2014 research brief: Methods in Fire History, Part 2: Using Fossil Pollen and Charcoal to Investigate Fire History; Implications for Management of Eastern Oak Species. This brief highlights a 2005 paper by William A. Patterson III. This is the second in a series of research briefs that address different methods used to research and understand North Atlantic fire history.
2014 Eastern Area Wildland Fire Totals
The Eastern Area Coordination Group (EACG) has reported wildland fire totals for 2014.

Summary of 2014 Fire Activity

Wildfire totals
 (All entities: Federal, State, Tribal, and Private)
Wildfire totals

Prescribed Fire Totals
(All entities: Federal, State, Tribal, and Private)

Prescribed fire totals. Type Totals Number 2,380, Acres 286,338

EACG provides an interagency approach to wildland fire management and all hazard support for all land ownerships within the 20 Northeastern States.

EACG is comprised of representatives from the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact, Big Rivers Forest Fire Compact, Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact, Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Forest Service.

The purpose of EACG is to strengthen interagency cooperation, communications, and coordination, and to provide interagency fire management direction and all hazard support for the Eastern Area geographic area.

Source: EACC

Eastern Area Coordination Center map of states.
Map of the Eastern Area Coordination Center's 20 Northeastern States.

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