2017 Potomac Headwaters Fire Learning Network Workshop
60 participants attended the kick-off workshop for the Central Appalachian’s new Potomac Headwaters landscape in western Maryland and parts of West Virginia. State, federal and academic partners from Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia discussed the importance of fire in the region as it pertains to wildlife, resilience, and forest health. The workshop included a visit to a fire scar study site, where trees recording wildfires from as far back as the 1800’s have been sampled and dated.
Missed presentation by Jim Smith, LANDFIRE - Understanding Regional Scale Data and Its Applications
2014 Mid-Atlantic Fire Ecology and Management Workshop
The 2014 Mid-Atlantic Fire Ecology and Management Workshop offered discussions on a range of topics relevant to the use of prescribed fire on the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain, including fire ecology and its impacts on plants, animals, and native communities, as well as the ins and outs of controlled burning and its use in our area.
Keynote: Fire on the Atlantic Coastal Plain (Dale Wade)
TNC Maryland Controlled Burn Program: Past, Present, and Why (Deborah Landau, The Nature Conservancy)
Fire Management Program Overview (Sam Lindblom, The Nature Conservancy)
Maryland Forest Service Prescribed Fire Program Overview (Chris Robertson, Maryland Forest Service)
Blackwater NWR: Challenges and Considerations of Burning the Marsh (Art Canterbury, USFWS, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge)
Effects of Fire on Amphibians and Reptiles (Tami S. Ransom, Salisbury University)
Fire Adapted Plants and Plant Communities on the Delmarva Peninsula (William A. McAvoy, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife)
Role of Fire in Serpentine Savanna (Barrens) Restoration (Wayne Tyndall, Maryland DNR Natural Heritage Program)
The Intersection of Forest Management and Prescribed Fire (David Ray, The Nature Conservancy)
Smoke Management: Strategies and Technique (Sam Lindblom, The Nature Conservancy)
Overview of Fire Effects on Avian Communities: A Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain Perspective (Ron Gutberlet, Salisbury University)
60 participants attended the one-day workshop held at Salisbury University. Participants and presenters included controlled burn practitioners and advisors from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Virginia Department of Recreation and Conservation, the Delaware Natural Heritage Program, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Maryland Department of the Environment, Salisbury University, and staff from the Maryland/DC and Virginia chapters of The Nature Conservancy.