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 


March 20-24, 2015
March 24-26, 2015
Reno, NV

13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire
April 20-24, 2015
Boise Centre, Boise, ID

May 27-29, 2015
Tuscaloosa, AL

Advancing Ecology in Fire Management: Knowledge Transfer through Workshops, Presentations, and Meetings
November 16-20, 2015
San Antonio, TX

---Wildfire Training---

S359 - Medical Unit Leader

March 24-26, 2015

Eastern Area

Champaign, IL


S339 - Division/Group Supervisor 

April 14-16, 2015
Eastern Area

Champaign, IL


83rd Annual Summer Fire School and Midwest Wildfire Training Academy

June 3-7, 2015

Jefferson City, MO


2015 Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy

June 6-12, 2015

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

Important Northeast Cohesive Strategy Wildland Fire Management Links

Quick Links


Science and Joint Fire Consortium/Exchanges

Social Media



March 2015
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center Releases 2014 Wildland Fire Incident Review Summary
Cover of a 2014 Wildfire Incident Review Summary. The information in this report comes from wildland fire incidents submitted from various agencies to the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (LLC) during 2014. (Most of these reports have been posted to the LCC's Incident Reviews Database). The intent of this report is to inform upcoming safety trainings and discussions you may be planning.

Wildland Fire Training Held at Mashpee [Massachusetts] Fire Department
Story by Kevin Morley/CWN
Photos courtesy of Massachusetts DCR Bureau of
Forest Fire Control
Posted Friday, March 6, 2015 @ 7 am

MASHPEE -- On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Bureau of Forest Fire Control held a training course entitled "Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior" at the Mashpee Fire Department.

The course covered the primary factors that affect the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. It provided the students with wildland fire behavior knowledge applicable for safe and effective fire management activities for wildfires, prescribed fire, and fire use. This course introduced Fire truck in a parking lot. students to characteristics and interactions of the wildland fire environment--fuels, weather, and topography--that affect wildland fire behavior for safety purposes.

View the full Mashpee wildland fire training article. Friday Flash eNews
Issue 120 | February 13, 2015
Cover of Drivers of Wildfire Suppression Costs document.
Drivers of Wildfire Suppressions Costs

This is an important publication to read because it provides keen insight into one of the underlying issues driving the Cohesive Strategy in all regions of the country. Read the full publication here

Issue 121 | February 20, 2015
Fire Science Briefs from the Lake States Region

This issue presents fire research that supports management of fire-dependent ecosystems spanning the Lake States--from Minnesota to New York and the adjacent Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.

There are 18 quick and easy reads that include these articles:

Logo: Joint Fire Science Program, Research Supporting Sound Decisions

NFPA Offers Courses in Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone
Destructive wildfires affect virtually every part of the U.S., threatening communities; disrupting residents through evacuations and home losses; and creating millions of dollars of damage to homes, businesses, and valuable natural resources. In the past 10 years, annual home losses from wildfire have tripled. In 2012, more than 2,200 primary structures were lost due to wildfire and resulting home-to-home ignitions. While firefighters work diligently to protect our property, the truth is, they can't save every home, and their efforts and safety are increasingly compromised by today's severe wildfires.

There is good news, however. Unlike threats from floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes, threats from wildfire can be countered with simple and often inexpensive ways to make homes safer. With a good understanding of wildfire hazards and mitigation strategies, community residents can effectively lower the risk of wildfire and losses to their homes, neighborhoods, and natural resources.

NRCS and U.S. Forest Service Partnership Continues Conservation Work Nationwide
Editor's Note: Five of these projects are in the Northeast Region.

Under Secretary Announces 15 Restoration Projects and a $37 Million Investment

Boise, ID, February 19, 2015 -- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today nearly $37 million in investments to mitigate wildfire threats to landowners and communities. This is the second year of a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet.

Joined by partners at an event in Idaho, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie unveiled the 15 Chiefs' Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership projects for 2015. Located across the country from Washington to Vermont and from Arizona to Ohio, NRCS and the Forest Service will invest $10 million in new projects to improve conditions on public and private lands. 
USDA NRCS and U.S. Forest Service logos.
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.

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 .  

Does your agency, organization, or community have a wildland fire management project or event you'd like to see featured in the NE RSC News Update? 

Tell us about it! 

Send submissions to Larry Mastic by the end of each month to appear in the next monthly issue. 

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