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In this Newletter:

Announcing the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange

What will we do?

Upcoming Events and Activities

Put it on your schedule

Calling All Fire Managers!

Calling All Fire Scientists!

Funding Opportunities

Research of Interest
This fire science exchange is for you! Scientists want to know what you want to know. Managers have first-hand, on-the-ground experience that most scientists will never have.
  • What research are you interested in?
  • What is it about your system that is unique?
  • What should scientists wanting to study your system know?
Contact to start the conversation.  
This fire science exchange is for you! Other scientists and managers want to collaborate with you and help make your science relevant to todays wildfire challenges. 
  • What research are you interested in?
  • What holds you back?
  • How can other fire scientists and managers collaborate with you?
Contact to start the conversation.  
Become a Member of NAFSE

Announcing the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange!

Thank you for becoming a member of the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange. The leadership team is very excited to introduce the Exchange and we realize that without all of your input and support, we would never have had a proposal that succeeded. Our Exchange is funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, which is a cooperative effort of six federal agencies and our Exchange completes the coast to coast coverage of Fire Science Exchanges. We include 11 U.S. states from Delaware to Maine and 3 Canadian provinces in the North Atlantic region. 

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What will we do?

The NAFSE priorities for the coming year are:
  • One capstone workshop
  • Numerous field trips
  • Website and social networking 
  • Monthly research briefs
  • Bibliographic and reference links 
  • Several webinars per year
  • Quarterly newsletters
As a NAFSE member you won't want to miss our workshops, field trips and all of the other collaboration opportunities coming your way.
Upcoming Events and Activities 
  • NAFSE/ Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) Field Trip
    SAVE THE DATE: Thursday February 5, 2015
    (in conjunction with the SEMPBA Forum Friday 2/6/15)
    Thursday, February 5, the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange will be offering a field-based workshop in conjunction with the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance’s annual Regional Conservation Forum.  The one-day workshop will focus on fire in management, one of the unique features of the Pine Barrens ecosystem. We invite participation from the spectrum of land managers at work in the Pine Barrens, including municipal, state, federal, private, and non-governmental organizations, as well as fire scientists and managers from further afield.  Presentations and field tour stops will examine themes in restoration, habitat management, ecological goal-setting, prescribed burning techniques, and the potential for fire planning in the future of the Pine Barrens. 
  • 1st NAFSE research brief: October
  • NAFSE website: This site will include everything you've been looking for in a North Atlantic Fire Science Hub.
Put It on Your Schedule

NAFSE is excited to announce the following events we think you will be interested in:

Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference

The 5th Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference will be held 27-29 May 2015 at the Bryant Conference Center on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The goal of the Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference is to improve land stewardship through transfer of knowledge and technology of fire as a management tool and its role in a historical context. The conference brings together noted experts in research and management to present state-of-the-art information, perspectives, and syntheses on key issues and provides learning and networking opportunities to over 300 participants.

The conference is held once every three to five years and the prior meetings were held in Springfield, Missouri (2011), Carbondale, Illinois (2008), Columbus, Ohio (2005), and Richmond, Kentucky (2000). This symposium will emphasize topics relevant to management of oak and oak-pine forests and woodlands and should be of great interest to managers, scientists, landowners, consultants and students.

The conference will feature field tours, 16 invited presentations, a poster session, and a panel discussion led by scientists and managers on a wide range of topics in fire science and management. 

Funding Opportunities
2015 JFSP Research Funding Opportunity Solicitation is Now Open
Open:   September 12, 2014
Closes:  November 21, 2014  (Friday at 5 PM Mountain Standard Time)
The primary funding opportunity notice (FA-FON0015-0001) includes the following 7 task statements:
  1. Fuels mapping for emissions inventories
  2. Smoke hazard warning system
  3. Implications of changing fuels and fire regimes (Alaska, California, Great Basin, Southeast [shown as South on the JFSP Fire Exchange/Consortia map], and the Southwest
  4. Fire ember production
  5. Fire effects on soil heating
  6. Fire weather and decision making: a social and modelling analysis (Note: Investigators should connect model sensitivity analyses with sensitivity analyses of manager's decisions, including use of social science to assess what fire weather information is needed and used by decision makers.)
  7. Re-measurement: long-term fire effects on vegetation and fuels (Note: 15 or more years post fire)
Visit and look for Funding Opportunity Notices (FONS) in the upper left rotating panels.
Click on View and apply
The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award has one task statement (FA-FON0015-002).
Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP and must directly address one of the following topics:
  • Climate change and fire (e.g., fire behavior, fire effects, fire regime)
  • Post-fire recovery (e.g., effects of burn severity, treatment effectiveness)
  • Smoke or emissions assessments
  • Fire weather
  • Social issues and fire (e.g., community preparation, transfer and use of science, public perceptions, fire-adapted communities)
Proposals on other GRIN topics will not be reviewed.
Visit and look for Funding Opportunity Notices (FONS) in the upper left rotating panels.
Click on View and apply
For an in-depth examination of both the primary and GRIN funding opportunities, please go to:
Administrative questions should be addressed to Becky Jenison (208) 387 5958 or
Task statement questions should be addressed to John Cissel (208) 387 5349 or
Research of Interest
Check out this informative Joint Fire Science Program publication just out: 

The Fire–Oak Literature of Eastern North America: Synthesis and Guidelines 
by Patrick H. Brose, Daniel C. Dey, Thomas A. Waldrop

This synthesis is perfect for a general overview of available information on fire in oak systems in the Eastern United States.
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