ABOUT US

THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL STRATEGY COMMITTEE

The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee (NE RSC) provides executive leadership, coordination and guidance for implementation of the Northeast Regional Action Plan while providing a forum for members to recommend and guide joint strategic direction on fire and land management activities. The NE RSC continues to collaboratively support, recognize and assist the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy goals and implementation efforts.

REGIONAL COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP

  • NE RSC Chair: Dave Celino, Massachusetts Chief Fire Warden (State Forest Fire Supervisor) 
    • Email: david.celino@state.ma.us 
  • NE RSC Vice-Chair: Maureen Brooks, USFS Northeastern Area S&PF
    • Email: mtbrooks@fs.fed.us  
  • NE RSC Coordinator: Larry Mastic, USFS retired
    • Email: gamlam1107@gmail.com


MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • U.S. Forest Service – Eastern Region
    • U.S. Forest Service - Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry
    • U.S. Forest Service – Northern Research Station
    • U.S. Forest Service - NIMO
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs 
    • Fish and Wildlife Service 
    • National Park Service
  • U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA
  • Intertribal Timber Council 
  • National Association of Counties (NACO) 
  • Northeast Area Association of State Foresters (NAASF) 20 States
  • MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Northeast Regional Forest Fire Compacts
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  • Dovetail Partners, Inc.
  • Joint Fire Science Exchanges/Consortiums
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

THE CHALLENGE

Property lines and jurisdictions seldom match-up with ecosystem boundaries or the topography and vegetation that effect wildland fire behavior. Communities have expanded into these tinderboxes. Drought and warmer temperatures plague much of the Northeast. For these reasons and others, fire seasons are becoming increasingly complex. The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy is a collaborative effort to manage growing wildland fire challenges across all lands regardless of ownership.

THE APPROACH

In the Northeast, to address changing wildland fire challenges, Federal, Tribal, state, local and private organizations have committed to a cohesive, strategic approach toward effective wildland fire for multiple objectives, mitigation and response.

THE GOALS

  • Restoring and Maintaining Resilient Landscapes: Recognition of the lack of ecosystem health within many of our forests and rangelands across the     country and the need to address it.
  • Creating Fire-Adapted Communities: Acknowledging the need to develop options and opportunities to engage communities to help them become more resistant to wildfire threat.
  • Effectively Responding to Wildfire: A critical component to ensure all levels of government, local, state, tribal and federal, work together when wildfire occurs.

SUPPORTED BY SCIENCE

The National Science and Analysis Team and Advisory Group is working to make a wealth of data available for planning and management of wildland fire, including information on biological, physical, habitat and human use in the region. 

This whole-system approach will consider the full range of activities surrounding wildfire to understand how they impact each other to help inform and support decision making.