Fire Ecology Workshop at Yale

Tall Timbers is collaborating with the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to host a workshop titled, “Fire Ecology of the Northeast: Restoring Native and Cultural Ecosystems” to be held on the Yale campus in New Haven, Connecticut, February 20-22, 2014.

The meeting will focus on northeastern states from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic coast as well as southeastern Canada; it will address the following regional topics: 1) cultural and historic use of fire, 2) natural fire regimes of novel and unique ecosystems, 3) fire management in upland deciduous forests, savannas, and meadows, 4) fire ecology of pine barrens, scrub oak, and pitch pine, and 5) social implications of prescribed burning in an urbanized and changing landscape. The meeting will include oral presentations, posters, panel discussions, and a social. There will also be field trips to the pine barrens and fire research plots of Cape Cod National Seashore, and to fire research sites on the Yale Myers Forest and other locations in Connecticut.   

The Journal of Sustainable Forestry has agreed to publish a special issue based on the meeting theme, to provide a current, peer-reviewed body of knowledge on fire ecology of the northeastern region. Also, a document summarizing the discussions and presentations from the meeting will be produced with the help of Yale School of Forestry graduate students and the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry. 

Soon after it was decided to cancel the 25th Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference that was to be held in Massachusetts, Tall Timbers board member Redmond Ingalls arranged for Kevin Robertson to visit the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in April. During Kevin’s visit, plans were made to schedule a new meeting with the similar topic of fire ecology in northeastern North America. With a common interest in using prescribed fire to restore natural and historic landscapes for wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and fuels management, the School of Forestry and its Global Institute for Sustainable Forestry offered to host the meeting with help from Tall Timbers.

Information about the Yale Fire Ecology Workshop has been posted online at

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