March 30, 2019

The NE RSC has released a Northeast Wildfire Preparedness Resource Guide

The NE RSC has released a
Northeast Wildfire Preparedness Resource Guide

March 5, 2019

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 4, 2019. Having seen how wildfires can affect homes and communities in California, Tennessee and other parts of the country in recent years, many communities, organizations, groups, and individuals are thinking about how to get started with planning and projects that can help reduce the wildfire risk they may face, especially in times of drought that can occur, even for a few weeks, in the spring and fall in the Northeast.

Wildfires DO happen in the Northeast. Wildfires occur wherever there are adequate burning conditions and a source of ignition.  This is especially true wherever there are people, since 95% of all wildfires are caused by human activity.  The Northeast region experiences on average, over 11,000 wildfires per year burning an average of about 130,000 acres.

The many partners of the Northeast Regional Strategy Committee (NE RSC), as part of the national Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, have created a new wildfire preparedness resource guide to help everyone in the 20 States of the Northeast and Midwest U.S. get started.

Dave Celino, Massachusetts Chief Fire Warden and Chair of the NE RSC has stated: “This guide has been developed in order to help property owners become informed as to how to take an active role in protecting their lives and property from wildfires, well before a wildfire occurs.  This guide contains the best wildfire preparedness information available for residents, community leaders, and fire departments in the Northeast.  The many partners of the NE RSC want to help make sure your home and community is protected should a wildfire occur near you some day”.

View the complete guide at: 
Northeast Wildfire Preparedness Resource Guide

For further information, contact Larry Mastic, NE RSC Coordinator:

February 23, 2019

Getting started: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day toolkit

Wildfires across the United States have cost more than 100 lives and more than $25 billion dollars in property losses in the last two years. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to reduce your wildfire risk.

January 23, 2018

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day - May 5, 2018

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

2018 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day banner

Get ready to be a part of something big! National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day will mark its fifth anniversary in 2018.  

Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions positively contribute to reducing your community’s wildfire risk. Challenge your friends, your family, relatives, faith-based group or youth organization to develop a project and join others throughout the nation in making big changes. Your efforts will help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts.
For more information, go to: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

September 20, 2017

Compendiums of Landscape Scale Conservation Efforts Now Available

To ensure healthy ecosystems across the urban-to-rural continuum and across ownerships, the U.S. Forest Service works with partners towards shared landscape conservation goals.
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. --- Three publications on landscape scale conservation efforts are now available online. "Federally Led Landscape Scale Conservation Initiatives in the Northeast and Midwest" provides an inventory of initiatives led by the U.S. Forest Service and other Federal agencies. "Multi-State Priority Areas in the Northeast and Midwest" and "Multi-State Priority Issues in the Northeast and Midwest" each summarize the priorities that State Forestry agencies identified in their 2010 State Forest Action Plans.

Landscape scale conservation occurs when landowners pursue common goals across large blocks of land. The three documents are valuable for updating State Forest Action Plans, for identifying projects to submit for competitive grants and other funding, and to help identify existing partnerships as well as opportunities for cooperation. View the compendiums on the Landscape Scale Conservation in the Northeast and Midwest page of the Northeastern Area's Web site.

June 14, 2017

New GAO Report on Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Released

GAO reviewed implementation of the Cohesive Strategy last year and has released its findings. The three Regional Coordinators were included in the interviews by the GAO Wildland Fire Team and provided input and examples of implementation from our Regions. Documents and information from the report can be viewed at:

May 8, 2017

NE RSC Members Present at the 1st National Cohesive Strategy Workshop

Submitted by Larry Mastic, NE RSC Coordinator

Dr. Inga La Puma, Science Communication Director, North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange; and Mr. Tom Parent, Executive Director , Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact represented the Northeast Regional Strategy Committee (NE RSC) at the first annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop in Reno, Nevada on April 25, 2017.

Dr. Inga La Puma and Mr. Tom Parent the Cohesive Strategy Workshop; Photo by L. Mastic, April 25, 2017

Inga presented: “Spatial Wildfire History: New Jerseys Hidden Resource”. She explained how New Jersey’s pinelands are not well known nationally as an area where wildfire regularly occurs, but is a highly volatile ecosystem in the most densely populated state in the U.S. She described how the pinelands provide a preview of issues arising in similar areas under increasing population pressures and highlight the need for appropriate scientific tools to address WUI challenges. Her talk covered the creation of a 90-year spatial wildfire history database of the pinelands, with maps of areas showing the highest wildfire frequency as well as areas with the longest fire free time periods and potential fuel buildup. She demonstrated the usefulness of maintaining or initiating a spatial fire history for any jurisdiction, and how direct applications of this type of spatial data can be used. These include landscape level planning, community level wildfire risk-reduction, wildfire response prioritization, and habitat restoration.

Tom presented:  “Facilitating Insect & Disease Research & Management Through Forest Fire Compacts”. Tom explained how the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact has been successful in implementing interstate and international mobilizations of forest health specialists. Issues addressed included Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB), Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Southern Pine Beetle (SPB), and Spruce Budworm (SB). His presentation explained the compact structure of interagency cooperation, provided examples of successful forest health mobilizations addressing mitigation and research purposes, and described the national and international nature of the Alliance of Forest Fire Compacts, and identified future opportunities for Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy initiatives.

February 18, 2017

Public Attitudes on Issues Affecting American Forests

Presentation given on 1/26/2017 to staff of The Nature Conservancy’s Restoring America’s Forests as part of monthly educational webinar series Slides, graphs, concepts, and data are property of The Nature Conservancy. Use for professional educational purposes is encouraged, please credit “The Nature Conservancy” on each instance of use.

If you have questions, please email and/or as your first point of contact. A recording of the full presentation as given is available upon request.

See the TNC forest issues natural survey analysis