When

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM EST
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Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST

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Where

Holiday Inn by the Bay 
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101
 

 
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Contact

Amanda Mahaffey 
North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange 
207-432-3701 
amanda@forestguild.org 
 

Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Fire Science and Management 

The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange are holding a partners meeting, Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Science and Management. A true EXCHANGE is designed to expose fire managers to useful scientific studies and expose scientists to the implications of their science.

The sign-up deadline for this event was Friday, January 5, 2018. Anyone still hoping to attend, please contact Tom Parent at NFFPC (necompact@fairpoint.net)  or Amanda Mahaffey at NAFSE (amanda@forestguild.org).

Special student rate available! Contact amanda@forestguild.org for more information.

Presentation abstracts can be viewed here.

Speaker biographies can be viewed here.

Agenda Overview

Monday, January 29

Travel, Northeast Regional Cohesive Strategy meeting, Waterax reception

Tuesday, January 30

NFFPC Working Teams meetings, NAFSE Community Reps meeting,                       NAFSE graduate student group meeting, evening Vendor Social

Wednesday, January 31

NFFPC committee reports, keynote, presentations, evening banquet,                        Karl Kenyon Gadget Hour

Thursday, February 1

Morning concurrent sessions, afternoon presentations, dinner OYO

Friday, February 2

Travel

Program Outline

Wednesday, January 31

0800-0830

Welcome - NFFPC, NAFSE

0830-1000

NFFPC Working Team reports

1000-1030

Break. Visit posters & vendors.

1030-1200

Keynote: Behavior-Driven Leadership. David Cooper, Retired Navy SEAL.

1200-1300

Lunch

1300-1430

Panel: Lessons from Gatlinburg

Preparing for the Exceptional: An Examination of Likelihoods After the Historic 2016 Southern Appalachian Wildfire Season. Steve Norman and Danny Lee, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station.

Fire Progression at Chimney Tops 2. Henri Grissino-Mayer, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Operations at Pigeon Forge. Matt Lovitt, Pigeon Forge Fire Department.

1430-1500

Break. Visit posters & vendors.

1500-1630

Smoke, Weather, & Planning Tools  

Smoke Dispersion Modeling: A Brief Review. Mike Kiefer, Michigan State University.

A Tested Smoke Management Processes using HYSPLIT and Other Tools. Joel Carlson, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC.

Online Fire Weather Resources. Eric Evenson, National Weather Service.

1630              

Adjourn. Visit posters & vendors.

1800-2000

2000-2100

Banquet

Karl Kenyon Gadget Hour

Thursday, February 1

0800-0930

 

Concurrent Session 1A:

New Jersey’s Pinelands: A Fire Science and Management Playground

Disentangling Some of the Complexity Associated with Wildland Fires. Ken Clark, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Silas Little Experimental Forest.

Linking Fire Effects with Fire Behavior using Burn Severity Indices. Mike Gallagher, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Silas Little Experimental Forest.

Studying Wildland Fire Dynamics through Airborne Laser Scanning and 3D Fuels. Nick Skowronski, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

Concurrent Session 1B:

Technology Tools

Apps and Tablets in the Field. Alex Entrup, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC.

Fine-scale Characterization of Forest Floor and Understory Vegetation using Remote Sensing Techniques. Tim McWilliams, West Virginia University.

Toward an inexpensive, easy-to-use fire intensity measurement instrument. Bob Kremens, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Use of Inexpensive Environmental Sensors for Smoke and Fire Meteorological Research within the Wildland Urban Interface. John Hom, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

Design and Implementation of a Large-scale Portable Wind Tunnel for Wildfire Research. Giovanni Di Cristina, University of Notre Dame.

0930-1000

Break. Visit posters & vendors.

1000-1130

Concurrent Session 2A:

Fire, Fuels, & Silvicultural Tools

We can’t do it all with fire: Integrating silvicultural tools to supplement fire management at MAARNG. Jake McCumber, Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Blending Fire Ecology and Fire Management with Invasive Species Removal. Jack McGowan-Stinski, Program Manager, Lake States Fire Science Consortium.

Effects of mowing and prescribed fire on plant community structure and function in rare coastal sandplain grasslands, Nantucket Island, MA USA. Helen Mills Poulos, Wesleyan University. 

 

Concurrent Session 2B:

Flash Talks

Real and Perceived Barriers to Growing Season Burns. Jack McGowan-Stinski, Lake States Fire Science Consortium.

Where Do We Put Giovanni’s Wind Tunnel?: Managers Working with Scientists in the Fire Environment. Nick Skowronski, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

Interpretation of Fire Weather Data Collected During Prescribed Burns. Alex Etkind, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC.

The Data You Missed: Stories from Data Sleuthing in NJ Fire History. Inga LaPuma, North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange.

Effects of local fire behavior on Pinus rigida regeneration in southern Maine. Emily Dolhansky, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Assessing Attitudes of the Public Towards Prescribed Burning using Virtual Reality. Casey Olechnowicz, University of Maine.

The social dimension of wildfire: living and managing fire on a First Nation territory. Nitaskinan, Québec, Canada. Noémie Gonzalez, Université Laval.

1130-1230

Lunch.

1230-1400

Spatial Tools for Fire Management

Fire Management Planning using LANDFIRE. Megan Sebasky, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Collector Tool for Field Work and Scientific Data. Chris “Fern” Ferner, ESRI.

Spatial Tools for Wildfire Risk Assessment. Greg Dillon, USDA Forest Service Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, Fire Modeling Institute.

Mapping tools for understanding disturbance. Steve Norman and Danny Lee, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station.

1400-1430

Break. Visit posters & vendors.

1430-1600

Preparing Wildland Firefighters for Big Events

Are Firefighter Fatalities “Normal Accidents?” Lloyd C. Irland, The Irland Group and Matt Carroll, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wildland Firefighter Safety in the Operational Fire Environment. Brent Ruby, Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism Department of Health and Human Performance at The University of Montana.

Implications of Extreme Events for Fire Control Programming and Planning. Tom Parent, Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact.

1600-1630

Conclusion: Bridging the Gap Between Fire Science and Management

Program Information

Presentation abstracts can be viewed here.

Speaker biographies can be viewed here.

Continuing Education Credits

1/31/18 – Igniting Exchange (Day 1) has been assigned 4.5 category 1 CFE credits & 1.5 category 2 CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters.

2/1/18 – Igniting Exchange (Day 2) has been assigned 6.5 category 1 CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters.

Lodging Information

This event is being held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in downtown Portland, Maine. Rooms are available the nights of Monday, January 29; Tuesday, January 30; Wednesday, January 31; and Thursday, February 1 at the government rate. To make your reservation, please call the Holiday Inn and ask to be put in the Igniting Exchange room block. Tel: (207) 775.2311 or Toll Free: 1.800.345.5050. The lodging reservation deadline was Friday, December 29, 2017. You can still try to call the hotel and see what rooms are available.

Partner Organizations

For more information about the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact, please visit: www.nffpc.org.

For more information about the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, please visit: www.firesciencenorthatlantic.org.

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