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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October 2015
Northeast Fire Compact Mobilized Incident Management Team to Assist Idaho 
Source: Dave Celino (MA DNR), Liaison Officer
Submitted by Tom Parent, Executive Director, Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact

Logo Northeast Compact Incident Management Team. The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission helped provide 19 staff from New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the White Mountain National Forest for a crew that was mobilized to Idaho on August 22. A Northeast Fire Compact Incident Management Team (IMT) featuring State, Federal, and Canadian overhead personnel worked with local, private, State of Idaho, and U.S. Forest Service units to manage the 689-acre Last Inch Fire. The fire was located 12 miles east of Clarkia, ID. This was an example of the Northeast Compact responding to a call for assistance from the State of Idaho. The Northeast IMT received an outstanding evaluation from local agency administrators. The Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry supports these efforts with State Fire Assistance grant funding. 

A Quebec type 1 hand crew was also brought in through the Northeast Compact. It transitioned well with the remaining staff to continue mopping up the fire. The Compact IMT transitioned out with a formal transfer of command on Wednesday, September 9, and a closeout meeting with Agency Administrators and cooperators on September 10. The IMT returned home on September 11. The experience was very positive for the partnering Northeast Compact States and Provinces as well as the State of Idaho, which desperately needed the incident management resources.
A group of peoplle stand in front of a cabin.
NE Compact IMT. Last Inch Fire, Boehls, ID.
At the Boehls Base Camp (ICP)
A group of people talk inside a tent.
Operations Chief, Bruno Pelletier from New Brunswick, gives an in-briefing on the fire for a crew from French.

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Nominations for 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards Being Accepted 
Image Now accepting nominations for Annual Wildfire Mitigation Awards The International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Association of State Foresters, National Fire Protection Association, and the U.S. Forest Service are excited to open nominations for the 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards.

Established in 2014 in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the Nation, the Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation.

The three award categories include:
  • Fire Adapted Communities Fire Service Leadership
  • Wildfire Mitigation Innovation
  • Community Wildfire Preparedness Pioneer
These awards recognize outstanding service in wildfire preparedness and safety across a broad spectrum of activities among a variety of individuals and organizations. By honoring these achievements, the award sponsors also seek to increase public recognition and awareness of the value of wildfire mitigation efforts.

The 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards will be presented in March 2016 at the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference in Reno, NV.

Review award criteria and submit a nomination by November 6, 2015, by visiting Contact Bree Willging of the International Association of Fire Chiefs with questions.
2016 Smokey Bear Awards Nomination Deadline is February 1, 2016
Image text of smokey bear awards. The Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) Committee is pleased to invite nominations of deserving candidates for the 2016 Smokey Bear Awards. Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council, the national Smokey Bear Awards recognize outstanding service in the prevention of human-caused wildfires and increasing public recognition and awareness of the need for continuing wildfire prevention efforts. The Smokey Bear Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire prevention. This award has been bestowed on well-deserving groups and individuals annually since 1957.

Please send nominations to your agency contact listed in the "call for nominations" letters.   You can find the nomination form at this site .

Copies of the "call for nominations" letters, contact information for State CFFP coordinators, and a listing of past award recipients are available at

2016 Research Funding Opportunities Now Open Friday Flash eNews Issue 134
September 18, 2015

The Joint Fire Science Program has a number of Funding Opportunity Notices on its Web site. The primary funding opportunity notice ( FA-FON0016-0001) includes the following eight task statements:
  1. Implications of changing ecosystems in selected regions
  2. Social and regulatory barriers and facilitators to implementing prescribed fire
  3. Maintenance and restoration of sagebrush habitat in the Great Basin
  4. Effects of fire on tree mortality
  5. Post-fire landscape management
  6. Regional needs - Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists: Season of prescribed burning to reach management objectives
  7. Regional needs - Oak Woodlands and Forest Fire Consortium: Prescribed fire effects on wood products
  8. Regional needs - Southern Fire Exchange: Prescribed fire smoke emissions
View this and other funding opportunities.
Smokey Bear to Visit Delaware Schools for Fire Prevention Month

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2015
Source: NASF newsletter, October 2, 2015

A woman stands next to a person dressed in a Smokey Bear costume. Smokey Bear is once again teaming up with Ashley Peebles (pictured at right) and the Delaware Forest Service to visit elementary schools in the First State to spread the word about fire safety and prevention.

(DOVER) - To honor October as " National Fire Prevention Month,"  Smokey Bear will visit Delaware schools to teach children that "only you can prevent wildfires."  Nationwide fire data continue to show that human activity causes the largest number of forest fires, which is why Smokey teaches children at a very early age that they should never play with fire or use matches. 

During a typical Smokey Bear program sponsored by the Delaware Forest Service (DFS), first-graders learn about how trees provide natural benefits such as oxygen, shade, wood products, and wildlife habitat. Then, students learn about how harmful a fire can be to the forest. After discussing how a fire can get started, students watch a brief video about how children playing in the woods discover a box of matches that tempts them to start a campfire. When Smokey finally appears on the scene, the children are asked to make a solemn pledge to him that they "will not play with matches ever again." Ashley Peebles, trainer-educator for the Delaware Forest Service, oversees the annual Smokey Bear program. 

Last year, the Delaware Forest Service provided 104 fire education programs to 9,410 students, a record number of school programs for the agency. The year 2015 marks the 71st Anniversary of Smokey Bear's introduction as part of a public service effort to prevent forest fires during World War II. 

Since he was created in 1944, the Smokey Bear campaign has evolved into the longest running public service campaign in history. Smokey's first forest fire prevention message remained unchanged for 50 years until April 2001, when the Ad Council updated his message to address the increasing number of fires in the Nation's wildland areas. As one of the world's most recognizable fictional characters, Smokey's image is protected by U.S. Federal Law and administered by the U.S. Forest Service, National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council. Surveys have shown that "Smokey Bear" (not "Smokey the Bear") is recognized by over 95 percent of respondents.
Delaware Forest Service contact: Ashley Peebles , 302-698-4551.
The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee has a New Web Site!
Northeastern Region Cohesive Wildland Fire Managaement Strategy web site banner, The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee for the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy has developed a new Web site! This resource is dedicated to serving its members with up-to-date information; current and past newsletters; and links to both national and regional Cohesive Strategy plans, reports, and other key resources .Many thanks go to Matt Frank from Dovetail Partners for setting up this site.

Conferences, Meetings, and Training Opportunities

Training Courses

Fire Training in Michigan from Grand Valley State University
January 8-10 and 15-17, 2016
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI 
Registration Information available November 2015

Conferences and Meetings

January 24-27, 2016 
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI

Burning Issues 3 Symposium: How do we integrate competing fire objectives in land management and restoration?

February 2-3, 2016
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

Fort Custer Training Center, Augusta, MI
Registration information available after October 2015
$40 registration fee; lodging and meals separate


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

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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