No. 52
January 2021
A Newsletter for the Southern Prescribed Fire Community
Happy New Year!

2020 has been a hard year for many, and we are hopeful that 2021 will bring good news and new opportunities.
We look forward to working with all of you to continue to advance the use of prescribed fire across the South!
Prescribed Fire Training Needs Survey Now Open
Partners across the South are conducting a survey to better understand prescribed fire training needs across the region.

The survey will gather information about both NWCG and non-NWCG courses, and will be open through January 26. The survey can be taken at
2020 Prescribed Fire Use Report
The 2020 National Prescribed Fire Use Report has been released. The report is a product of the National Association of State Foresters and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, who have produced it every three years since 2011. Moving forward, data will be collected more frequently than the previous three year interval to more accurately track trends in data.

Highlights from the report include:

  • The Southeast burned 6.3 million acres in 2018 and 5.9 million in 2019, an 8% decrease from 2011

  • 38% of Southern states reported an increase in burned acres in 2019 compared to historical averages
Louisiana Updating Prescribed Burn Contractors Updates
Louisiana is updating the state list of prescribed burn contractors. Those with changes or additions to the 2020 list should contact Keith Hawkins at 337-463-7006 or
New Fire Podcasts
Several new podcasts have been released that address topics related to prescribed fire in the Southeast:

  • Friends of Fire is a podcast from the Southern Fire Exchange. Each episode features an interview with both a researcher and practitioner.
  • Fire Ecology Chats is a podcast series from the Association for Fire Ecology.
The Tennessee Division of Forestry has launched a Wildfire Public Viewer. It provides up-to-date information on wildfires across the state and aids Tennessee’s wildfire prevention and suppression efforts.
Southeast Prescribed Fire Update Offers New Resources
The Southeast Prescribed Fire Update Resources page has been updated! The materials may be useful for RT-130s, other trainings, or general education and outreach. Prescribed fire resource lists include:

Those with a resource to add to the page can contact Laurel Kays at
Prescribed Burn Association Webinar Recording
A recording is now available of the Prescribed Burn Associations: Different Models for Different Spaces webinar hosted by the Western Region of the Wildlife Fire Leadership Council in December.
Smoke and Fire Updates
Several new publications and news articles have been released concerning smoke and wildland fire:

The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute has created a storymap about longleaf pine in Texas, including its connection to the historic presence of fire on the landscape.

The storymap joins several others showcasing longleaf and fire, including one on the animals that call longleaf pine ecosystems home and another about the seasonal changes in a longleaf forest.
The Nature Conservancy's Resilient Land Mapping Tool showcases a variety of data, including connected networks of resilient sites which could help sustain biodiversity if conserved.
Two Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College students recently photographed a six-foot long Eastern Indigo snake while preparing capstone project research for their bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management.
Fire Science Exchange Network News
The Joint Fire Science Program Fire Science Exchange Network celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2020. A series of infographics was created to celebrate the network's accomplishments.

The FSEN includes the Southern Fire Exchange, Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists, Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, and Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium.
The Southern Fire Exchange has released two new resources:
The International Association of Wildland Fire has several opportunities and resources available:

Prescribed Fire News Roundup
Funding Opportunities
USDA Forest Service Cohesive Fire Strategy RFP
Cohesive Fire Strategy grants help State Forestry Agencies achieve the wildfire risk reduction and wildfire response priorities of State Forest Action Plans. Three types of grants are available to States and local partners: Cross‐Boundary Wildfire Hazard Mitigation on Non‐Federal Lands, Wildfire Risk Reduction, and Wildfire Response. All applications are due close of business January 15, 2021.

Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund 2021 Request for Proposals
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting proposals for the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund. Projects may focus on restoring, enhancing and maintaining bottomland hardwood forests and wetlands and promoting aquatic connectivity on private and public lands to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Proposals are due by January 14 at 11:59 PM ET.

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Request for Proposals
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is accepting proposals for the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund. Grants will be given to protect bottomland hardwood and other wetland forests in eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia. The deadline for proposals is January 29.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes federal funds available through the new Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities grant program to states, local communities, tribes and territories for pre-disaster mitigation activities. Applications will be accepted through January 29 at 3:00 PM ET.

Longleaf Landscape Stewardship Fund 2021 Request for Proposals
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting proposals for the 2021 Longleaf Landscape Stewardship Fund. Projects may focus on expanding and enhancing longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range, as well as on the restoration and enhancement of bottomland hardwood forests within priority focal areas. An applicant webinar was recorded on Wednesday, December 2, and proposals are due by Thursday, February 4 at 11:59 PM ET.

Association for Fire Ecology Funding Opportunities
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) has two ongoing funding opportunities:

  • Wayne Harrison Memorial Scholarship - Students may apply for up to $2,500, with funding available annually. Applications are due each year by March 31, with awards announced by May 31.
  • Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) TREE Grants - 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 conference or workshop.
Job Postings
All jobs are open as of the Driptorch Digest send date, however application reviews may have begun.

Land Conservation Steward, The Nature Conservancy Florida, Applications due January 6

Living with Fire Special Projects Manager, Nevada Cooperative Extension, Applications due January 15

Communications Director - Southern Group of State Foresters, Applications due January 31

Montana Conservation Interns - Montana Conservation Corps, Applications due February 14

Job Boards
Upcoming Events & Webinars
Prescribed Fire Council Meetings

  • August 18-19, 2021 - 2021 North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Meeting, Morganton, NC

Prescribed Burner Certification Courses

Webinars (All Times Eastern)

Conferences, Workshops, Festivals, and Other Events

Prescribed Fire Resources
Do you want to learn more about prescribed fire? We've compiled an extensive list of resources that can help you explore the world of prescribed fire. On our resources page you can explore fire-related publications, videos, podcasts and webinars. You can access these resources on our web page, and if there's something we should add please reach out and let us know!
Contact us to share your prescribed fire information, stories, or events!

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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