No. 71                                                                                       September 2022
Thank you, Mark Melvin!

In addition to playing a significant role in supporting prescribed fire across the nation, Mark has been instrumental in the work of the SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Working group since its inception. As Mark retires from The Jones Center at Ichauway, and therefore the prescribed fire working group, we would like to thank him for his time and energy spent working with the prescribed fire community over the years. This SFE 10-minute interview with Mark from 2013 is a great tribute to his work, and many of his sentiments still ring true today.

Thank you, Mark!
Prescribed Fire News Roundup
America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative - 2021 Prescribed Burning Accomplishments

The America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative’s (ALRI) 2021 Accomplishment Report is now out! It details the incredible work done across the Southeast to preserve and protect Longleaf pine. Achievements like 135,000 acres of longleaf established, 1.7 million acres maintained through prescribed fire, and 55,000 acres protected through conservation easements show what can be done when public and private landowners come together to achieve a common goal.


Through the Fire: Restoring Forest Resilience - Sycan Marsh

“Through The Fire: Restoring Forest Resilience” which visits Sycan Marsh—where fire research has been going on for two decades—before, during and after the Bootleg Fire. It tells the story through interviews of staff from The Nature Conservancy, The Klamath Tribes and the U.S. Forest Service.

Prescribed Burn Associations - Nationwide Interactive Map

The Great Plains Fire Science Exchange has added a new form to augment (and update) the national PBA map hosted on its website due to the rapid growth in the number of prescribed burn associations. The form allows new PBAs to register their location and contact information, and existing PBAs to update their information.


How Does Smoke Affect Livestock & Wildlife?

While most people can retreat from particularly smokey conditions due to wildfires, livestock is not afforded the same luxury. Housed in an open air pasture or out in a pasture, livestock is continuously exposed to hazardous air conditions. The article summarizes the studies on the impacts of smoke on livestock, native wildlife, and exotic wildlife.

Introducing the North American Tree-Ring Fire-Scar Network

A recent collaboration by ~90 tree-ring and fire-scar scientists has resulted in the publication of the newly compiled North American Tree-Ring Fire-Scar Network (NAFSN). In this webinar, presenters present major findings from the publication, demonstrate data accessibility, highlight management applications, and discuss future steps planned for the NAFSN.

Mountain Valleys RC&D’s Mitigation Cost-Share Assistance Program offers 50% reimbursement for residents within their eight-county region to hire out a contractor or rent equipment to reduce their home’s risk of ignition from wildfire. Preference given to homes or communities within a moderate-to-high wildfire risk area. Check out this recently posted blog entry that explains the cost-share process. Funding available until December 2022.

Community Wildfire Defense Grants from Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are now available. The program will assist at risk communities with planning and mitigating against the risk of wildfires. The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network has published an article to help navigate applying for the grant. Click Here to Read More.
Job Opportunities
Remote Sensing Specialist, Tall Timbers Geospatial Center, FL

Coastal Plain Burn Crew Manager (52003), The Nature Conservancy, NC

Coastal Plain Burn Crew Member (52001), The Nature Conservancy, NC

Fire and Stewardship Crew Member (51943), The Nature Conservancy, Ozarks

Wildland Firefighter (Forestry Technician), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NC, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, TX

Multiple Southwestern Region Fire Vacancies, U.S. Forest Service

Prescribed Fire Council Meetings
Prescribed Burner Certification Courses
Conferences, Workshops, Webinars, Festivals, and Other Events
September 1, 12-1:30 PM Pacific - Fire Adapted Communities Pathways Tool Webinar
September 10, 9-1 PM eastern - Southern Blue Ridge Fire Fair, Swannanoa, NC
September 20, 2-3 PM Central - Heat and Wildfire Smoke Exposure Among Agricultural Workers
September 21, 1-4:30 PM Eastern - Bladen Lakes Isolated Wetlands Restoration Workshop
September 26 - October 7 - Indigenous Women's TREX, Somes Bar, CA
October 4-7 -
Fire Ecology Across Boundaries, Florence, Italy
October 4-6 - Private Lands Partner’s Day, Fayetteville, AR
October 7 - Three Rivers Land Trust Inaugural Habitat Summit, Mooresville, NC
October 8, 10-3 PM Eastern - Fire in the Pines Festival, Wilmington NC
October 14-20 - Women in Wildland Fire Bootcamp (Oregon)

November 14-18 - National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop, Asheville, NC
December 6-8 - 7th Fire in Eastern Oaks Conference, Virtual Event
January 4-14, 2023 - 20th Annual TN-KY Wildland Fire Academy, Bell Buckle, TN
January 8-27, 2023 - Fire Leadership for Women 20-day Training, Tallahassee, FL
January 17, 2023, 1-2 PM Central - Diversity Explodes with Another Boring Burn Webinar
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