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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June 2016

Good Neighbor Authority in Action in Wisconsin  
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Banner with Forest Service shield.

  Wisconsin department of Natural Resources




May 26, 2016

[Editor's Note: This project is an excellent example of how Cohesive Strategy Goal 1 is being met in the Northeast. Regional Option 1c focuses on mitigating event-created fuels to reduce risk of unwanted wildfire. Even though it wasn't the primary objective for this project, landscape restoration is being achieved by Cohesive Strategy partners using a new tool to get the work done in a more efficient manner.]

An agreement gained by Gov. Scott Walker's administration to facilitate forestry management and watershed work in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is being put into action with the first timber cut and salvage operation now underway in the 1.5 million-acre forest.

As part of the Good Neighbor Authority agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service, Wisconsin is pioneering the expanded authority granted by Congress that allows states across the country to build on the work being accomplished by the U.S. Forest Service. The agreement, which includes expanded forest-management and watershed-restoration activities on federal lands, promises to support jobs while improving wildlife habitat and water quality.

Read the full Good Neighbor Authority article. 

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National Leaders Meet and Commit to Cohesive Strategy
May 23, 2016
  Photo of a welcome board for a meeting and a group of people sitting during a meeting.
(Photos: Shawn Stokes)
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell led a discussion last week with federal firefighting agencies at the White House regarding the increasing danger to communities in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas as fire seasons become hotter, drier and longer. Jewell also highlighted the need for greater collaborative action to enhance community resilience against these risks and strengthen federal firefighter safety and preparedness. 

In her remarks Secretary Jewell emphasized the importance of cooperative relationships and collaboration at all levels to mitigate wildfire risk, increase firefighter safety and identify further policy actions needed to enhance community resilience within the WUI. She added that the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy provides a strategic roadmap for working together - across federal, tribal, state and local governments and with non-governmental organization (NGO) partners - to manage fire-prone lands; protect the nation's natural, tribal and cultural resources; and make communities safe and resilient for future generations.   

Read the full national leadership meeting blog post.   

From National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, Western Region Blog

A Different Approach to Our Wildfire Message
Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network logo.
River and scenic forest.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. (Photo: Matt Frank)  

Gloria Erickson, Matt Frank

May 24, 2016

Is there a different way to reach out to people when relaying our wildfire message - a more personalized message, a message that tells a story, a message that doesn't come from a "fire expert"? How do we get people to "own it," to see their role in helping their communities be more resilient to wildfire?

These are the questions I had been asking myself when I came up with this "crazy" idea to do an art exhibition about the concept of living with wildfire. The idea stemmed from multiple community-oriented purposes - personalizing our relationship with wildfire, creating a venue for local artists to display and sell their artworks, and increasing traffic for local business owners where the artwork will be displayed. I was also inspired by the community-based wildfire art project that our [Fire Adapted Communities] partners in Flagstaff -- the Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership -- conducted in previous years.

In Ely, Minnesota the Donald G. Gardner Trust Fund annually offers an artistic project grant that benefits our community. My idea was a little out of the box, but with the assistance of my colleagues at Dovetail Partners, our proposal was accepted and we received a grant to do an art exhibition called "Living with Wildfire." The exhibit seeks to highlight experiences and reflections about wildfire from residents' perspectives through two- and three-dimensional artworks.

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News on Prescribed Fire Activity Across the Northeast Region 
Game Commission Uses Prescribed Burns to Help Control Forest

Kent Jackson, Staff Writer

The Times-Tribune 

May 29, 2016

Crewmen from the Pennsylvania Game Commission took a calculated risk when setting a forest on fire.

Unlike the wildfire that drove 80,000 people from their homes this month in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, the crewmen lit a controlled burn in Lackawanna County on May 11.

Months before the crewmen touched off the woods with drip torches that spray fire, a bulldozer scraped a fire line around the burn site on State Game Lands 135 in Thornhurst, about two miles northeast of Bear Lake and three miles east of the Luzerne County border.

A plan written a month before for the fire contains page after page of precautions, water sources, escape routes and weather conditions required before starting the fire.

On the morning of the controlled burn, the crew waited 3½ hours for the humidity to increase before they put torches to tinder.

Read the full Pennsylvania Game Commission prescribed burn article.

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The Right Prescription: Why Prescribed Burning Can Be a Critical Tool in Many WUI Communities
Banner of a photo of a firefighter with a drip torch and the Words Wildfire Watch News from NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division.
(Photo: Getty Images )

Lucian Deaton
May 2, 2016
In March, an article in the Albuquerque Journal offered a good illustration of the debate around prescribed burning. Under the headline " A burning question facing our forests," the article proceeded to outline a local tug-of-war that is playing out in one form or another in communities across the country.

In this case, the flare-up was in Santa Fe, where the city council had recently approved a plan that included prescribed burning to restore and maintain the city's municipal watershed. These issues are closely linked because destructive wildfires that remove forests and their canopies can lead to soil erosion, flooding, and water-quality problems. Opponents of the plan claimed prescribed burns do more harm than good to wildlands and lead to air-quality issues and increased carbon release into the atmosphere, hastening climate change.
Lucian Deaton manages the Firewise Communities and Fire Adapted Communities Programs in NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division. 
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Synthesis of Knowledge of Extreme Fire Behavior Volume 2 logo. Friday Flash eNews -- Issue 149 
May 13, 2016

Pub cover for Synthesis of Knowledge of Extreme Fire Behavior Volume 2..

The objective of this project is to synthesize existing extreme fire behavior knowledge in a way that connects the weather, fuel, and topographic factors that contribute to development of extreme fire behavior. This synthesis focuses on the state of the science but also considers how that science is currently presented to the fire management community, including incident commanders, fire behavior analysts, incident meteorologists, National Weather Service office forecasters, and firefighters. The synthesis seeks to delineate the known, the unknown, and areas of research with the greatest potential impact on firefighter protection.

View this publication.

View Volume 1 of Extreme Fire Behavior.

Risk Management: Core Principles and Practices, and Their Relevance to Wildland Fire

 Pub cover for Risk Management Core Principles and Practices, and their Relevance to Wildland Fire.  

Thompson, Matthew P. ; MacGregor, Donald G.; Calkin, David E. 2016. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-350. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 29 p.


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5th Year Recruiting for FireCorps at Cape Cod National Seashore
Application Deadline: June 22, 2016

Two people in firefighting gear at Cape Cod are smiling.
AmeriCorps and the National Park Service are actively recruiting for the fifth year of FireCorps at the Cape Cod National Seashore. The season runs from September 2016 to July 2017. The recruitment and application period is open now. View more information and instructions on how to apply.

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A Special July Webinar
Finding the Best Science Available on Fire Ecology and Fire Regimes in Eastern Ecosystems
Logos for North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists, Lake States Fire Science Consortium, and Joint Fire Science Program.

July 27, 2016

1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 11 PM MT

Robin Innes and Ilana Abrahamson

U.S. Forest Service


Join us for our next Webinar in cooperation with the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange and Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists highlighting the new fire features of the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)  


Managers and planners need scientifically sound information on historical fire regimes and contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes to make informed management decisions. To address this need, two new fire regime publications--Fire Regime Reports and Fire Regime Syntheses--are now available and spatially searchable in the recently updated user interface for the FEIS.

Source: Lake States Fire Science Consortium, April 2016 Newsletter

Conferences, Meetings, and Training Opportunities

Conferences and Meetings

50th Annual Northeast Forest Fire Supervisors Committee Meeting
Fifty Years of Northeastern Fire Management
June 20-24, 2016
King of Prussia, PA
Radisson Valley Forge

Normal, IL

Illinois State University Is hosting this conference with presentations on prairie ecology, restoration, management, and some innovative ideas on working lands.

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


NASF 2016 Annual Meeting

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. Register today. More information.

2016 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference October 17-19, 2016
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.  

2nd International Smoke Symposium
November 14-17, 2016
Long Beach, CA
The Call for Presentations, Posters, and Special Sessions closes on May 16.   

3rd Southwest Fire Ecology Conference  
Beyond Hazard Fuels: Managing Fire for Social, Economic, and Ecological Benefits
November 28 - December 2, 2016
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. Early Bird Registration opens June 1.

Save-the-Date: 7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
November 28 - December 2, 2017
Orlando, FL
Buena Vista Palace Spa and Hotel 

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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