A Newsletter for the Southern Prescribed Fire Community
No. 41
February 2020
Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability

Upcoming Events
The SERPPAS Spring 2020 Steering Committee Meeting will be held March 4-5 in Atlanta, GA, while the 2020 Principals Meeting will be held May 12-13 in Beaufort, NC. SERPPAS will be celebrating 15 years of partnership in 2020! Logistics and more information can be found on the SERPPAS website.
Texas Sets Prescribed Burn Record
A recent statewide survey found that over 400,000 acres were treated with prescribed fire in Texas in 2018. This figure is the highest recorded, and is nearly 50,000 acres greater than the previous year. This increase is attributed to both an increase in prescribed fire application and improved reporting of burns.
Florida Fire News:
Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, Fire Festivals, New Leadership for Florida Forest Service

Every year, the last week of January is Prescribed Fire Awareness Week in Florida. To commemorate this year, Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried noted that “Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensuring the health of our natural habitats and protecting Florida’s residents and visitors by reducing the risk of wildfire.” As part of Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, fire festivals were celebrated around the state, including the Red Hills Fire Festival at Tall Timbers Research Station and the Sarasota County Fire Fest.

Commissioner Fried also recently announced two new appointments to leadership within the Florida Forest Service. Erin Albury has been appointed State Forester and Director of the Florida Forest Service. Albury succeeds James “Jim” Karels, who has led the agency the past 12 years and served the Florida Forest Service since 1985. Johnny Sabo has been appointed Assistant Director of the Florida Forest Service. Sabo currently serves as the Field Operations Bureau Chief and will succeed Albury following Karels’ retirement.

Image: A child poses with fire equipment at the Red Hills Fire Festival
Credit: Alicia Devine, Tallahassee Democrat
The Perennial Forest Story Map

The Longleaf Alliance has released "The Perennial Forest," a story map showing the changes a longleaf forest experiences in a calendar year.
Image: Screenshot from The Perennial Forest
Credit: The Longleaf Alliance
Burning for the Bees

A new study from researchers at NC State University shows that prescribed fire benefits native bee species. According to an article about the study, freshly burned longleaf pine forests have more than double the total number of bees and bee species than similar forests that have not burned in over 50 years.

Image: Bee on a flower
Credit: Clyde Sorenson
How Can NRCS Get More Fire on the Ground?

A new publication from John Weir of Oklahoma State University explores how the Natural Resource Conservation Service can promote the use of prescribed fire and contribute to an increase in the use of prescribed fire as a management tool. The publication includes recommendations for the national and state level of the agency.
Wildfire Lessons Learned Center 2019 Numbers

The Wildfire Lessons Learned Center has released an infographic showing important numbers from incidents that took place during 2019. These incidents include one fatality on a prescribed fire and injuries sustained during training activities.
NWCG Releases Updated 2020 S-190 Training Course Materials

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group has released training course delivery information and materials for the 2020 version of S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior. The update includes content changes based on subject matter expert input and conversion to the new NWCG course template. An update of the self-directed (online) version of the course will be available in the near future. A Spanish translation is also in progress.
South Carolina Forestry Commission Releases Wildfire App

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has released a smartphone app that will allow citizens, media and fire departments to view information including current wildfires and burn notifications, the latest fire weather, and push notifications about important news such as burning bans and red flag fire alerts.
Extension Connection
National Extension Wildland Fire Initiative Quarterly Meeting
The National Extension Wildland Fire Initiative (NEWFI) will hold their quarterly web meeting February 20 at 1:00 PM EST. The meeting will include presentations from Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington Extension professionals on how their programs incorporate wildland fire. The meeting is open to all, and registration is available at go.ncsu.edu/newfi_feb_meeting.

Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals 2020 Conference
The biennial ANREP conference will be held May 3-6, 2020 in Bend, Oregon. Registration is now open. Two special sessions and the post-conference field tour (held on May 7) will be focused on Extension's role in wildland fire management.
Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

New Blog Posts: Youth Outreach, HEPA Filter Loan Program, and Navigating Funding Challenges
The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network publishes a variety of content related to fire adaptation. The following recent posts may be of interest to the prescribed fire community:

Southern Fire Exchange

Workshop Schedule
SFE has two workshops currently scheduled. Each is being held in partnership with other organizations, and additional information, including registration, will be available soon.

  • May 28, South Carolina Duff Fire Science and Management, Aiken, SC
  • June 10, Burning in Hardwoods, Albermarle, NC

Webinar Schedule and Recent Recordings
SFE currently has four upcoming webinars. Registration is required for each, and will be available soon.

Prescribed Fire and Wildfire Risk
Jun Zhuang, Ph.D., and Ester Jose, University of Buffalo
February 20, 2020 1:00 PM ET
Statutory, Regulatory and Legal Constraints on Prescribed Fire in the USA
Carissa Wonkka, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
March 12, 2020 1:00 PM ET
Outcomes Prioritization on Fuel Treatment Placement in Extreme Fire Weather
Louise Loudermilk, Ph.D., USFS Southern Research Station
April 30, 2020 1:00 PM ET
Longleaf Pine Forest Patch Dynamics
Kevin Robertson, Ph.D., Tall Timbers Research Station
May 14, 2020 1:00 PM ET
Prescribed Fire News Roundup
Funding Opportunities
Close-up of $100 bills
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Longleaf Stewardship Fund
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced the release of the   2020 request for proposals  under the Longleaf Stewardship Fund. This request for proposals (RFP) expects to award up to $5.5 million in federal and private sector funding in support of projects that restore, enhance and maintain longleaf pine on private and public lands to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Full proposals are due Thursday, February 6, 2020 by 11:59 PM EST .

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced the release of the   2020 request for proposals under the Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund. Up to $1.5 million is expected to be available this funding cycle for projects that will help accelerate the restoration and enhancement of critical forest and freshwater habitats and associated wildlife species in the region. Full proposals are due Thursday, February 20, 2020 by 11:59 PM EST .

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications from land-grant institutions and others for funding from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Forest landowners may be considered beginning farmers and landowners, and applications are due by March 16.

Travel, Research, and Educational Experience (TREE) Grants
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) will distribute Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) TREE grants. These are designed to help graduate students travel to present at conferences and workshops related to fire science and management. Applications are due 60 days before the start of the event the applicant would like to attend. Additional information and application link are available on the  AFE website
Job Postings
All jobs are open as of the Driptorch Digest send date, however application reviews may have begun.
Research Position - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development is seeking a candidate to engage in research projects aimed at assessing the environmental effects of wildfire and prescribed fire, and characterizing community risks and vulnerabilities.  Applications are due by February 6, 3:00 PM EST.

Prescribed Fire Crew Technician - North Carolina State Parks is accepting applications for burn crew members. Those interested should submit materials by February 9.

Fire Ecology Post-Doctoral Researcher - The USDA Forest Service Center for Forest Disturbance Science in Athens, Georgia is accepting applications for a post-doctoral researcher to collaborate on several projects relating to the spatial dynamics of wildland fire. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted by February 21.

Assistant Professor of Forest Health and Fire Protection - Alabama A&M University is hiring for a nine-month academic appointment with additional three-month summer employment available and expected. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Veterans Fire Corps - The Student Conservation Association is accepting applications from post-9/11-era US military veterans for its Fire Corps internships. Additional information and the application portal can be found on the  program website.

Fire Ecology Internships - The Fire Ecology Program at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy in Tallahassee, FL seeks to provide field and laboratory experience for college students and recent graduates in the areas of plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, and fire ecology and science. Most internships last 12-16 weeks and are largely fieldwork based. Summer interns work from May-August and Fall interns work from October-December.   Get full details and application instructions here.

Online Job Boards 
Webinars, Video, and Other Media
Recent Archived Webinars

More recorded webinars on a variety of wildand fire-related topics can be found on the Southern Fire Exchange webinar page, the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium webinar page, and the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists webinars and presentations page .
Podcasts & Radio

Podcast Series

  • Good Fire Podcast - Covers the indigenous use of "good fire" is used around the globe.
  • Learn, Baby, Burn - Created by the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, this podcast will cover a variety of prescribed fire topics.
  • The Fire Learning Trail - Introduces listeners to the role of fire in the Southern Appalachians, wildland firefighting, and local history
  • On The Line - Covers topics of interest to wildland firefighters, including mental health, the pack test, and health considerations.
  • Forest Voices - Covers forest stewardship and management topics, including prescribed fire.

Past single podcasts and other resources can be found here.
Upcoming Events, Training, and Networking
Prescribed Fire Council Meetings

  • North Florida - March 24, Marianna, FL. More details will be available soon, and registration will open approximately one month before the meeting.

  • Tennessee - May 14, Murfreesboro, TN More details will be available soon.

  • North Georgia - June 4, Jasper, GA More details will be available soon.

  • North Carolina - August 12-13, Morganton, NC More details will be available soon.

  • Georgia - September 30, Tifton, GA More details will be available soon.

  • Central Florida - October 2, Kissimmee, FL. More details will be available soon, and registration will open approximately one month before the meeting.
Prescribed Burner Certification Courses

  • Louisiana - Courses are offered through LSU Cooperative Extension Service. None are currently scheduled.

  • Mississippi - The Mississippi Forestry Commission offers a Prescribed Burning Short Course. Three courses are currently scheduled.
  • March 3-5, Hattiesburg, MS
  • June 16-18, Pearl, MS
  • September 15-17, Starkville, MS

  • Texas - The Texas Department of Agriculture offers courses at various times and locations. Two courses are currently scheduled.
  • March 27-28, Mason, TX
  • May 1-2, Mason, TX

Conferences, Workshops, Festivals and Other Events

  • March 10-11 - Forest Economic Contributions Summit, New Orleans, LA

  • March 12-20 - Alto Minho TREX, Porto, Portugal

  • March 22-April 4 - Loup TREX, Central Nebraska

  • April 6-8 - After the Flames, Tahoe, CA


  • March 30-April 10 - Women-in-Fire TREX (WTREX), Southeastern VA

  • May 19-21 - Southern Blue Ridge FLN, Dillard, GA

  • October 25-November 6 - Southern Blue Ridge TREX, Pickens, SC

  • October 26-November 6 - Southern Blue Ridge TREX, Pickens, SC

  • Ongoing - Fire in the Field, This intermediate firefighter training program (equivalent to NWCG S-131, S-133, and S-231 courses, as well as the G-131 course) is designed to prepare the Firefighter 2 (FFT2) to move to the Firefighter 1 (FFT1) position. 
Partner Newsletters
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Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists Newsletter ( current edition )
Department of Defense Natural Selections Newsletter  ( current edition )
Fire Learning Network  Networker  ( current edition )
Forest Stewards Guild After Wildfire: News & Networking ( current edition  and  subscription link )
Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC Newsletter ( current edition )
Joint Fire Science Program  Fire Science Digest  ( current and archived editions )
LANDFIRE Bulletin & Post Card  ( current edition and subscription form   )
Partners for Conservation News ( current news and subscription form )
REPI Program Newsletter ( current edition and subscription form )
SERPPAS Circular ( current edition )
South Atlantic LCC Newsletter ( current edition )
Southeast Region Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy  ( current edition   )
Southern Fire Exchange  Firelines  Newsletter  ( current edition and subscription link )
Tall Timbers  eNews  and  eJournal
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center Two More Chains  ( current edition )
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Jennifer Fawcett
NC State Extension Forestry
Extension Associate
SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Working Group Coordinator

Laurel Kays
NC State Extension Forestry
Extension Assistant

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