​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Partners in the Southern Blue Ridge FLN (SBR FLN) collaborate to develop, share and apply the best available science to restore fire across a vast, diverse region. Partners and stakeholders work in teams in the network’s eight landscapes to set and achieve restoration goals in their fire-adapted pine and oak forests. Landscapes active in this network are: 

SBR FLN lead contacts:
Beth Buchanan, USFS Regional Fire Ecologist, (540) 265-5129
Margit Bucher, TNC-NC Fire Manager, (919) 794-4368

"What is the Fire Learning Network?" In interviews recorded at the May 2017 regional SBR FLN workshop, eight members and partners reflect on the value the FLN brings to them, their landscapes, and the wildfire and restoration field.

Proceedings: Wildland Fire in the Appalachians: Discussions Among Managers and Scientists The Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network: A Collaborative Partnership to Restore Fire-Adapted Ecosystems and Build Resilient Forests and Communities in the Southern Blue Ridge (GTR-SRS-199), 2014

Webinars, Presentations & Products:
  • Hot Burns, Cold Burns, and Everything in Between: Exploring Prescribed Burning's Impacts on Forest Structure in the Appalachians webinar (May 2019)
  • SBR TREX 2018 by the numbers fact sheet
  • Cherokee NF South Zone Collaborative Group programmatic environmental assessment recommendations and lessons learned (April 2019)
  • Landscape Conservation Forecasting: Great Smoky Mountains National Park final report and webinar
    (report: Greg Low, Rob Klein and Katherine Medlock,
    September 18, 2017; webinar: Klein and Medlock, May 1, 2018)

  • Wildfire Effects on Vegetation in Linville Gorge Wilderness Area webinar by Cassandra Pallai, October 23, 2015. 
  • Poster: Hard Mast Production Following Two Prescribed Burns in Western NC (SAF, November 2015)
  • Poster: Changes in Forest Structure​ Following Dormant Season Prescribed Burns in the Southern Appalachians (SAF, November 2015)
  • Using LiDAR to Analyze Vegetation Structure & Ecological Departure in the Upper Warwoman Watershed webinar and report by Josh Kelly, July 9, 2014
  • SBR FLN: Prescribed Fire Effects on Vegetation webinar, June 23, 2014
  • Ecological Zones in the SBR Escarpment, 4th Approximation by Steven A. Simon, April 1, 2015 report
  • Report: The Fire-Oak Literature of Eastern North America: Synthesis and Guidelines(GTR-NRS-135), 2014
  • Fire History and its Relation to Climate and Land Use in Three Southern Appalachian Landscapes in the Eastern U.S. webinar, May 30, 2013
  • Using LiDAR to Map & Assess Forest Structure webinar, Jan. 25, 2013
  • What We are Learning about the Effects of Prescribed Burns in the Southern Appalachians we​binar, Nov. 29, 2012
  • Ecological Burn Prioritization Model (Grandfather RD in the Central Escarpment landscape) we​binar and slides, May 18, 2011
  • Burn Prioritization Model Use on the South Mountains Landscape presentation, 2012
  • Implementing a Burn Prioritization Model for South Mountains Burn Units with GIS presentation, 2011

Outreach Materials:

About the SBR FLN:

FLN Notes from the Field:
(For all issues, see the complete Index of Notes from the Field)
Notes from the Field: Communications at 2018 SBR TREX
Notes from the Field: Building Capacity in the Appalachians
Notes from the Field: Central Escarpment Workshop, Oct. 2018
Notes from the Field: SBR workshop #13, May 2018
Notes from the Field: SBR wor​​kshop, May 2016​
Notes from the Field: Bluff Mtn. burn, Nov. 2015
Notes from the Field: NC TREX, Feb. 2015
Notes from the Field: Lake James burn, Jan. 2015
Notes from the Field: Burning at Tallulah Gorge, Feb. 2012
Notes from the Field: Landscape leaders' workshop, Dec. 2011
> Restoring America's Forests fact sheet
> #goodfire on Twitter

Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
Towns County Fire Adapted Community/fire prevention website and poster
Prescribed Fire Council websites for each SBR state: 
Learn more about the Southern Blue Ridge region:


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