Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Northeast Region
Aerial view of a yellow firefighting helicopter flying over an active forest fire on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota.
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


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

Important Links

Northeast Regional Strategy Committee 


National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy


Eastern Area Coordinating Group 


Fire Adapted Communities Coalition 


Dovetail Partners 


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 


Science and Joint Fire Science Consortium & Exchanges

National Joint Fire Science Program 


Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists 


North Atlantic Fire Science Consortium 


Lake States Fire Science Consortium 


Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium 


Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center 


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July 2015
Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors Meet in Dedham, MA
The 20 Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors (NFFS) met with their key partners and vendors the week of June 15, 2015, in Dedham, MA, for their annual coordination meeting. Logo Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors 2015 Meeting.
The theme of the meeting was "Fire Management in the 21st Century: Working Toward Common Goals."  Dave Celino, Massachusetts Chief Fire Warden and State Fire Supervisor, chaired the meeting.
A large group of men and women attending the Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors meeting in Dedham, MA, pose for a picture on a grassy area.
Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors pose for a picture with friends and colleagues during their June 2015 meeting in Dedham, MA. (Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts DCR)



Read the full story about the Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors 2015 meeting.


Ontario Wildland Fire Management Strategy, May 2015

Front cover of the Province of Ontario Wildland Fire Management Strategy released May 2015. The Province of Ontario recently produced a new wildland fire management strategy that may be of interest to many Northeast wildland fire managers and practitioners. Below is the executive summary from their strategy.  



The Wildland Fire Management Strategy provides strategic direction for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's management of wildland fire within the province of Ontario.   


Wildland fire management goals and objectives include these:



  1. Prevent loss of human life and injury.
  2. Prevent and mitigate losses, economic disruption, and social disruption.
  3. Promote the understanding of the ecological role of fire and use fire to benefit resource management.


  1. Prevent: The threat to people and values is diminished by reducing the number of human-caused wildland fires.
  2. Mitigate: Property owners and land managers take action to mitigate the undesirable impacts of wildland fires on their property or other values.
  3. Respond: All fires are assessed and receive an appropriate response.
  4. Understand: The people of Ontario are aware of and support the ecological role of wildland fire.
  5. Apply: Wildland fires and prescribed burns are safely and effectively used to reduce wildland fire hazards and meet ecological and resource management objectives.
This strategy moves away from the previous zone-based approach to one where each wildland fire is assessed and receives an appropriate response according to the circumstances and condition of the fire. Under this approach, wildland fires that are an immediate threat to high values, such as communities or infrastructure, will be responded to as quickly as possible to minimize damages and disruption. Wildland fires that are not threatening values can be managed effectively to limit negative impacts, enable the beneficial ecological role of fire, and manage costs. The strategy also renews commitment for wildland fire prevention and mitigation action, which also help achieve the wildland fire management goals of protecting public safety and reducing losses.

Nearly 1,000 People Attended Wildfire Academies in Minnesota and Missouri in June
Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, MN, Hosted Minnesota Wildfire Academy June 1-5*
Logo Minnesota Incident Command System. More than 780 participants attended 24 classes essential to wildland firefighting, including fire behavior, equipment use, and leadership development. The academy is presented by the Minnesota Incident Command System , an interagency partnership between the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Big Rivers Forest Fire Management Compact Hosted 2015 Summer Fire School and Midwest Wildfire Training Academy June 3-7*

Logo Big Rivers Forest Fire Management Compact. More than 190 participants attended 17 classes essential to wildland firefighting, including fire behavior, equipment use, and leadership development. The Big Rivers Compact was formed as a cooperative venture between the States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri, and the U.S. Forest Service.


* From The Chief's Desk: People, Places and Things
(June 5, 2015) 


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Wildland Urban Interface Focus: Public Perceptions of Hazard Reduction in an Intermix Environment
A mixed hardwood and conifer forest has several camps nestled among its trees in eastern Massachusetts.
Cottages in Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, MA. (Photo: Brian Blanchard)

Check out this June research brief that focuses on perceptions of risk in the Plymouth, MA, wildland-urban interface.
Moquah Barrens Field Tour: A Pine Barrens Restoration Project in the Northwest Sands Region of Wisconsin
An aerial view of a prescribed fire in the Northwest Sands Project in northwestern Wisconsin.
Prescribed Fire being used in the Northwest Sands region of Wisconsin. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

A closeup photo shows magenta wildflowers in an open area of the Northwest Sands region of Wisconsin.
Vegetation of the Northwest Sands region of Wisconsin.
(Photo: U.S. Forest Service).

When: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.


Where: Meet at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 Co Hwy G, Ashland, WI 54806. Tour will include multiple stops on the Washburn District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.


Overview: The Northwest (NW) Sands Project (Moquah Barrens), located in northwest Wisconsin on the Washburn Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, is a long-term effort to restore 22,900 acres of rare pine barrens plant community. The NW Sands project area is one of the largest pine barrens management areas in Wisconsin. Initiated in 2009, this restoration project has used a variety of approaches, including prescribed burning, timber harvests, invasive species removal, native seed planting, and monitoring, to accomplish restoration goals.


The field tour is free, but they would appreciate a head count. To let them know you're coming or to ask questions, contact Jack McGowan-Stinski at or by calling 989-287-1734.

Click here for additional information about this field trip.


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Conferences, Meetings, and Training Opportunities



Wisconsin Community Wildfire Protection Plans Summit

August 29, 2105

Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort in Wausau, WI

Registration information not yet available 


Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting
September 10-11, 2015

Camp Grayling, MI
Registration information not yet available; will be posted at    


Burning Issues Symposium: How do we integrate competing fire objectives in land management and restoration?
A Symposium hosted by the Michigan National Guard, Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, Lake States Fire Science Consortium, and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
January 26 and 27, 2016
Fort Custer Training Center, Augusta, MI
Registration information available after October 2015
$40 registration fee; lodging and meals separate




2015 National Association of State Foresters Annual Meeting - Lake Tahoe

September 14-17, 2015

Resort at Squaw Creek

Olympic Valley, CA

Backyards and Beyond, Wildland Fire Education Conference

October 22-24, 2015

Pre-conference seminars, October 20-21, 2015

Myrtle Beach, SC


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

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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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