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Volume 3, Issue 3 - Winter 2010

In this issue:

August Joint Meeting

2010 Prescribed Burning Award Winner

NC Prescribed Fire Council Update

Status of United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Proposed Ozone Standards

NCDENR Climate Change Assessment: How can Prescribed Fire help North Carolina Ecosystems

North Carolina Prescribed Fire Training Center Update

Plants on Fire – Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata)

Join the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists

Onslow, Carteret officials conduct controlled burns

Research:
Abstracts from Annual Meeting Posters

Small Mammal Response to Silvicultural Treatments for Oak Regeneration in the Southern Appalachians

Fuel Mitigation Recommendations in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI): A 10-year Case study of the North Carolina Sandhills

Vulnerability of the Carolina Gopher Frog to Early-season Prescribed Fire

Examining stakeholder prescribed burning priorities and decisions in a longleaf pine landscape

Quantifying species turnover and compositional shifts of the Longleaf Pine ecosystem in North Carolina after 18 years

Research

Autumn Olive


Response of Reptiles and Amphibians to Repeated Fuel Reduction Treatments

Effects of Prescribed Fire on Vegetation and Passerine Birds in Northern Mixed-Grass Prairie

Training/Conferences

Pre Conference workshop to focus on fire in South Carolina

4th Annual Fire in the Eastern Oak Forests Conference

Announcements/Resources

Shortleaf Pine Ecosystem Conference and Restoration Initiative

Tall Timbers newsletter

Southern Fire Exchange

Other Items of Interest

Prescribed Fire in Florida Strategic Plan 2008-2020

Fire Summit Hosted by Tall Timbers

NCPFC Treasurer's Report

August Joint Meeting
Debbie Crane
You couldn’t have found a more appropriately named venue for the NC Prescribed Fire Council and North Carolina Longleaf Coalition joint annual meeting. More than 150 people crowded into New Bern’s The Flame Catering and Banquet Center. Click here to read more.

2010 Prescribed Burning Award Winner
Brian Haines
Brian Elam, Surry County Ranger, with the N.C. Division of Forest Resources was selected as the recipient of the 2010 State Forester's Prescribed Burning Award.

According to Wib Owen, deciding on this year’s winner wasn’t an easy one for the committee. Of the three nominations they received this year all deserved recognition for the obstacles they had to overcome to accomplish prescribed burning. Click here to read more.

NC Prescribed Fire Council Update
John Ann Shearer, Council President
Your Fire Council Board of Directors is busy working to strengthen the Council in order to better promote prescribed fire. Incorporation of the Council in June was one such action taken for the purpose of strengthening the organization. This month the Council submitted an application for 501c3 or nonprofit status. As an incorporated nonprofit organization we will be able to collaboratively apply for and receive grant funds to support our committee actions. Click here to read more.

Status of United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Proposed Ozone Standards
Chris Dawes, Implementation Committee Chair
On January 6, 2010 the USEPA proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone. The new proposed rule has two separate standards:

  • Primary Standard – established to protect public health. The current standard is an eight hour average at 0.075 parts per million (ppm). The new rule will decrease the eight hour average to a level within the range of 0.060 – 0.070 ppm.
  • Secondary Standard – protects public welfare and the environment. It is designed to account for the cumulative effects of repeated ozone exposures on sensitive vegetation and will range anywhere from 7 – 15 ppm-hours.
The final rule was expected to be signed initially by August 31, 2010 but has now been delayed with an estimated signing date in late December 2010 or January 2011. Once signed, new non-attainment area (NAA) boundaries will be proposed by the state using either 2007-2009 monitoring data, or 2008-2010 monitoring data if available. Click here to read more.

NCDENR Climate Change Assessment: How can Prescribed Fire help North Carolina Ecosystems

As readers of this newsletter know, many of North Carolina's ecosystems benefit from prescribed fire, with or without the anticipated effects of climate change. NCDENR has made it a priority to comprehensively address climate change in our state, addressing mitigation and adaptation efforts to increase the resilience of our natural resources to these complex changes. The mitigation sector will primarily work on reducing carbon emissions and developing emission regulations. The adaptation sector will proactively prepare for changes that cannot be prevented and will address potential impacts to natural resources. As part of the adaptation side of this Plan, the Natural Heritage Program is initiating an evaluation of the likely effects of climate change on North Carolina's ecosystems and species. Click here to read more.

North Carolina Prescribed Fire Training Center Update
Boon Chesson, program coordinator for the NC Prescribed Fire Training Center
The Center is up and running with two separate classes being held recently and more workshops in the planning phase. S130/190 and L180 training was held September 27 through October 1 with 20 attendees. Those attending were from NCDFR, WRC, NC Zoo, Fort Bragg Forestry, ASIS (private contractors who do work for Fort Bragg), Bladen Lakes State Forest (NCDFR employees) and interested individuals not connected with an agency. Thanks to TNC, USFS, and NCDFR for providing instructors and support. Click here to read more.

Plants on Fire – Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata)
Johnny Randall, Assistant Director, North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Growing up in Charlotte, my family regularly traveled US Highway 49 to and from visiting friends in Chapel Hill. Gazing from the window of a 1956 Chevy, I saw rolling open pastures mixed with patches of shortleaf pine and oak, complete with roaming buffalo - thanks to the Buffalo Ranch near Concord. At a young age my vision of the NC Piedmont WAS a shortleaf pine/oak savanna occupied by buffalo herds.

I also grew up surrounded by shortleaf pine and oaks in my suburban Charlotte neighborhood, and thus developed a "sense of place" wherein I felt at home in this particular plant community. (And like many other kids, I was also intrigued at a young age over the wonder and use of fire.) Click here for more.

Join the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists
Tom Waldrop
Our consortium is becoming a reality! A web site is up and running with the beginning of what we hope to be a major source of information to managers and researchers. Please visit the site at cafms.org. We would love to hear any feedback on the site, especially what we can add to help you. Click here to read more.

Onslow, Carteret officials conduct controlled burns
Hope Hodge
While residents in Onslow and Carteret counties may have glimpsed large columns of smoke Tuesday, they weren't a sign of disaster, but disaster prevention. According to Onslow County forestry officials, Tuesday marked the completion of a 500-acres controlled burn between Belrade-Swansboro Road and the White Oak River. The burn started Monday, burning for about four hours in the afternoon, then began again Tuesday between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Click here to read more.

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