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Volume 3, Issue 1 - Spring 2010

In this issue:

Prescribed Fire Awareness Week

Monumental Effort Leads to Prescribed Fire Proclamation

New North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Officers and Steering Committee Members for 2010

Where There’s Fire There’s Smoke

Longleaf Advocate Recognized

Voluntary Agriculture Districts: A Proactive Approach to Forest Management

Climate: Scientists Prescribe Controlled Burns to Protect Forests, Curb Emissions

A Few Burning Issues

E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database

Anti-Prescribed Fire website

Research

A Burning Story: The Role of Fire in the History of Life

Ecological Forestry in the Southeast: Understanding the Ecology of Fuels

Fire Behavior Notes

Fuel Consumption and Air Quality Fire in the Floodplain Forests in the Southeastern USA: Insights from Disturbance Ecology of Native Bamboo

Response of Northern Bats (Myotis Septentrionalis) to Prescribed Fires in Eastern Kentucky Forests

Standing Tall: How Restoring Longleaf Pine Can Help Prepare the Southeast for Global Warming

Educational Resources

Fire in Florida

New Longleaf Book Released

TNC Educational Brochures

TNC's Global Fire Initiative

Prescribed Fire Awareness Week
by Bob Mickler
Governor Bev Perdue proclaimed Feb. 7-13 as "Prescribed Fire Awareness Week", North Carolina’s first statewide recognition of the importance of prescribed burning. The NC Prescribed Fire Council, N.C. Division of Forest Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Nature Conservancy promoted prescribed burning this week with a display of posters and other prescribed fire educational materials that promote prescribed fire in the third floor visitor’s lobby of the state Legislative Office Building in Raleigh.

Although this year’s strong El Nino and Arctic Oscillation filled the skies with snow flurries rather than smoke from the prescribed fires, it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of North Carolina’s certified prescribed burners. Click here to read more

New North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Officers and Steering Committee Members for 2010
Submitted by Doug Sprouse
Shortly after the first of the year, the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council held elections for Vice-Chair and 4 At-Large Steering Committee positions who would assume office on March 1st, 2010. Click here to read more.

Where There's Fire There's Smoke
by Johnny Randall, PhD, Associate Director for Natural Areas and Conservation Programs, North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Many plants have seeds that respond to well-known germination cues such as the presence of water, exposure to red light, warm temperatures, scarification (such as the passing through an animal’s gut), and certain chemicals. All of these cues demonstrate some adaptation to the environment within which that particular plant occurs. And since plants cannot choose a preferred site for germination, these cues also help to ensure that a seed will tend to germinate in a place and time that might maximize its survivorship. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Longleaf Advocate Recognized
Submitted by John Ann Shearer
Lark Hayes, senior and founding attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, received the 2010 North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society Wildlife Conservation Award for her outstanding efforts dedicated to the restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem in North Carolina and the Southeast.

As an advocate for the restoration and enhancement of the longleaf pine ecosystem, Lark dedicated an immense amount of time, effort, and knowledge to the launching of America’s Longleaf, a range-wide initiative to restore this imperiled ecosystem. America’s Longleaf seeks to maintain healthy longleaf forests, improve forests in poor condition, and restore forests where they’ve been lost. Click here to read more.

Voluntary Agriculture Districts: A Proactive Approach to Forest Management
by Terry Sharpe with review suggestions from Jerry Dorsett, Working Lands Coordinator NC DENR - Winston-Salem Regional Office and Paige Burns, Richmond County Cooperative Extension Service
While considering enacting a Voluntary Agriculture District (VAD) ordinance, Richmond County Cooperative Extension Service recently held a series of information meetings. While attending one of these meetings, I realized that VAD is a tool that private landowners can use to help preserve our ability to conduct prescribed burns in areas experiencing an influx of new landowners and homeowners unaccustomed to burning. Enrolling in a VAD is a way of going on record of being in place as a qualified farm or forestry operation. Enrollment makes it more difficult for someone to successfully bring suit over nuisance from farm or forestry operations. VAD enrollment can help protect landowners who use prescribed fire from complaints just as it would protect a farmer who is enrolled in the VAD from someone who complains about manure smells, farm equipment operating at night, etc. Click here to read more.

CLIMATE: Scientists Prescribe Controlled Burns To Protect Forests, Curb Emissions
by Noelle Straub, E&E reporter
Scientists from the Association for Fire Ecology today called for the increased use of fire in forests, arguing that planned burning is the key to reducing net carbon emissions and preparing forests for the effects of climate change.

Meeting at the Fourth International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Savannah, Ga., leaders of the group said boosting the use of fire and fuels management would help forests withstand the wildfires and droughts associated with climate change and protect long-term carbon storage in larger trees. Click here to read more.

A Few Burning Issues
by Dr. Bill Palmer, Game Bird Program Director, Tall Timbers
Quail managers know the importance of burning on a 2-year fire frequency, at times even more frequently. To maintain this frequency about half of the pine woods need to be burned every year. There is a risk to bobwhite during this period, because burning temporarily removes their habitat making them more susceptible to predation. During wet years, burned cover may be suitable again in less than six weeks, however in dry springs it may be several months, and therein lies much of the risk........see remainder of article at:

http://www.talltimbers.org/ttnews/news.cfm?news_id=176.


E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database
http://www.talltimbers.org/fedb-intro.html
In an effort to reach an expanded audience for the Tall Timbers E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database, the Tall Timbers Research Station Library has created a new web-based gateway for fire information called the Southern Fire Portal (SFP). The SFP provides portal users with single point access to fire data, documents, projects, tools, and websites related to fire and natural resource management in the southern United States. A diverse group of federal, national, regional, and state organizations partnered to create and publicize the SFP. The Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Database and the Southern Research Station's online Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science are key components of the SFP. The Joint Fire Sciences Program (JFSP) was a major source of funding for the SFP project. To learn more about the SFP and its Partners and Supporters, please visit the web site at http://frames.nbii.gov/southernfire.
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