Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

Southeast Prescribed Fire Initiative

Southeast Prescribed Fire Initiative

Critical efforts to restore fire-dependent ecosystems such as the longleaf pine ecosystem and its many associated species like red-cockaded woodpecker cannot be successful without additional prescribed burning, especially on private lands.

Description

Why? Fire is a critically important agent of renewal in natural ecosystems. However, wildfires can pose a substantial risk to people and infrastructure and the Southeast has more wildfires than any other region. The Southeast region also includes several fire-dependent ecosystems where prescribed burning is necessary to safely manage the land and resources.

How? By promoting prescribed fire as a land management tool, SERPPAS partners minimize the risk of destructive wildfires while restoring critical habitat and species in the Southeast. Working with fire experts from around the region, the SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group developed a Comprehensive Prescribed Fire Strategy that guides their work. This strategy describes regional, state, and local activities needed to progress toward the strategic goals. The strategy recommends leveraging numerous funding sources, organizations, and networks, and identifies existing tools and models to maximize efficiency and success.

Benefit? Managing land properly with prescribed fire helps restore ecosystems, reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire, protects air quality, and improves wildlife habitat for game, at-risk and endangered species. Military testing and training in the Southeast is critically linked to prescribed burning, as installations use this management practice for fuels reduction to reduce the severity of wildfires and to manage critical habitat. Increasing prescribed fire as a management tool on and off base can enhance military readiness by increasing flexibility under the Endangered Species Act by expanding and sustaining key habitats off-post; reducing fuels to create natural buffers to DoD facilities, infrastructure and assets; and decreasing liability claims and fire costs from surrounding communities.

Photo Galleries

Documents Library

Date Title Author
09/18/18 SFE Fact Sheet: Reintroducing Fire Into Long-Unburned Pine Stands: The Duff Problem Southern Fire Exchange
08/31/18 SFE Fact Sheet: Summary of Smoke Related Joint Fire Science Program Grants Relevant to the Southeastern U.S. Southern Fire Exchange
06/29/18 SFE Fact Sheet: Relationships Among Wildfire, Prescribed Fire and Drought at Fort Benning, Georgia Southern Fire Exchange
06/28/18 SERPPAS Southeast Prescribed Fire Initiative Fact Sheet: SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
06/01/18 Scientists aim to smoke out wildfire impacts American Association for the Advancement of Science
05/16/18 2017 Range-wide Accomplishments Report America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative
04/01/18 Southern Area Fire Risk Assessment - Winter/Spring 2018 Southern Area Coordination Center Rapid Assessment Team
03/01/18 NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire National Wildfire Coordinating Group
02/28/18 Annual Summary FY 2017 JFSP Fire Science Exchange Network Joint Fire Science Program
07/21/17 A Framework for the Evaluation of Large-Scale Regional Conservation and Management Strategies John M. Diaz, Jennifer Evans Fawcett, K. S. U. Jayaratne, Jackie Bruce
06/26/17 Identifying Gap, Challenges and Opportunities in Prescribed Fire Efforts within the Southeastern U.S. Jennifer Powell Prince
04/30/17 Longleaf Partnership Council 2016 Range-Wide Accomplishments Report ALRI
12/01/16 Commonly Referenced Wildland Fire Initiatives, Program and Networks Southern Fire Exchange
11/18/16 The Value of Forming a Prescribed Fire Burn Association John Diaz, Jennifer E. Fawcett, John Weir
09/01/16 2016 Southeastern Forest Private Lands Partnership Forum Report Partners for Conservation
04/08/16 Federal Prescribed Fire Programs White Paper North Carolina State University
04/04/16 2015 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report National Association of State Foresters
07/01/15 Prescribed Burning Perceptions Among Private Landowners: An Annotated Bibliography of Relevant Literature Jennifer Busam and Jennifer L. Evans
07/01/15 Impediments to Prescribed Burning on Private Lands: A Synthesis of Surveys from 2012-2015 John Diaz, Jennifer L. Evans, and Jennifer Busam
07/01/15 Best Practices for Communicating with Landowners about Prescribed Fire (and other communications resources) NCSU/ SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
08/01/14 Resource Availability and Coordination for Prescribed Fire Use across Significant Geographic Areas of Longleaf Pine Laurie W. Gharis, Jennifer L. Evans, John M. Diaz, Johnathan G. Sutton, Jessica D. Knight, and Bethany Harvey
06/03/14 A Burning Issue: Prescribed Fire and Fire-adapted Habitats of the East Gulf Coastal Plain Communications Plan East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture
07/01/13 Prescribed Fire Resources Laurie Gharis and Jennifer Evans
04/05/13 The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy: Southeastern Regional Action Plan Southeast Regional Strategy Committee
01/01/13 Prescribed Fire Liability: Insurance Options for Landowners and Consultants Jennifer Evans and Laurie Gharis
08/01/12 Comprehensive Strategy for Prescribed Fire to Restore Longleaf Pine in the Southeast United States: A Vision for 2025 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
05/21/12 Synthesis Report: Current Work on Prescribed Fire Related to Longleaf Pine Restoration SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group

Websites and Resources Library

Title Author
Burning on Private Lands Website NC State University
Introduction to Southeastern Prescribed Fire (online course) Jennifer Evans/ NC State University
Southeast Prescribed Fire Update blog Jennifer Evans/ NC State University
Southeastern Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Southeastern Regional Strategy Committee
Southern Fire Exchange Southern Fire Exchange
e-FIRE (online prescribed fire course for landowners and others new to burning) NC State University
NCSU Prescribed Fire Information and Resources NC State University Extension Forestry
From Fire Comes Light NC State University's Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources
NC Joint Information Center NC Joint Information Center
Wildfires Near Me The Wildland Fire Management Research Development & Application Program

Upcoming Events

News Stories

Date Title Author
10/22/18 Stereo Photo Series for Quantifying Natural Fuels, Volume XII: Post-Hurricane Fuels in Forests of the Southeast United States USFS
10/09/18 Southern Integrated Prescribed Fire Information System: Prescribed Fire and Air Quality Information for the South SIPFIS
10/01/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 25 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
09/03/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 24 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
08/31/18 Fire Lines Newsletter, August 2018 Southern Fire Exchange
08/16/18 USDA Forest Service Announces New Strategy for Improving Forest Conditions USDA
08/16/18 NFWF Announces Record $6.5 Million in Grants to Benefit Longleaf Pine Forest and Wildlife in Eight States across the Southeast NFWF
08/10/18 Back to Bases: AFCEC Revives Environmental Workshop Air Force Civil Engineer Center
08/02/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 23 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
08/01/18 NCSU "Learn and Burn" Workshops North Carolina State University
07/11/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 22 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
07/02/18 Veteran Fire Corps Provides Job Skills to Veterans in Forest and Wildland Fire Management The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
06/29/18 Fire Lines Newsletter, May-June 2018 Southern Fire Exchange
06/25/18 MOU Between DoD and DOI Establishing a Recovery and Sustainment Partnership Initiative DoD, DOI
06/12/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 21 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
05/15/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 20 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
04/15/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 19 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
03/29/18 Camp Pendleton leaders gather for Wild Land Fire Table Top Exercise 2018 Marine Corps Installations West
03/23/18 Secretary Perdue Applauds Fire Funding Fix in Omnibus USDA
03/15/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 18 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
03/06/18 Top-notch fire training facility opens at Egling Air Force Base AFCEC
02/28/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 17 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
02/27/18 AF Fire Emergency Services looking to the future with ‘strategic plan’ AFCEC
01/31/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 16 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
12/31/17 Driptorch Digest Volume 15 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
11/30/17 Driptorch Digest Volume 14 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
10/31/17 Driptorch Digest Volume 13 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
10/26/17 SERDP Solicitations - Wildland fire research to improve military land use efficiency Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
09/30/17 Driptorch Digest Volume 12 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
08/31/17 Driptorch Digest Volume 11 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
07/31/17 Driptorch Digest Volume 10 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
07/07/17 Florida Forest Service Firefighters Heading to Battle Blazes in Western States FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
06/15/17 Driptorch Digest Volume 9 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
05/25/17 TELE in the Field: Prescribed Fire on Private Lands The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative
05/23/17 Drought & Fire: Florida is burning up. Learn how landowners are managing their forests to mitigate wildfire. FL NRCS
04/15/17 Learn and Burn Field Day in LA KALB
04/07/17 Beneficial Prescribed Burns Continue Across North Carolina NC WRC
01/23/17 MOU Wildland Fire Leadership Council WFLC
01/23/17 USDA - DOI - EPA Partnership Agreement Regarding Wildland Fire and Air Quality USDA, DOI, EPA
12/13/16 SE Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Newsletter Southeast Region Strategy Committee
12/09/16 Bipartisan Fix to Wildfire Disaster Funding Burns Out TNC
11/20/16 Forest Fires Burn 119,000 acres in 8 Southeastern States USA Today
11/15/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 8 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
09/30/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 7 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
09/08/16 Learning about Burning: State Meeting Expands Prescribed Fire Impact GA DNR
08/15/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 6 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
08/02/16 Florida Forest Service Treats 204,000 Acres of State Forests with Prescribed Fire FLDA&CS
06/30/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 5 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
05/31/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 4 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
04/15/16 USDA Forest Service Veterans Fire Recruitment Video USDA Forest Service
04/15/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 3 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
04/08/16 NC Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association Kickoff Meeting Sandhills Area Land Trust
02/29/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 2 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
01/31/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 1 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
08/30/15 Preventing Wildfires Capitol News Service
08/20/15 This Graphic Shows How ‘Unimaginable’ Wildfires Are on the Rise Time Magazine
08/17/15 Are We Fighting Wildfires The Wrong Way? On Point - NPR
08/05/15 Florida Forest Service Breaks National Prescribed Fire Record Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
08/01/15 Natural Selections Newsletter (Focus on Fire) DoD Natural Resources Program
07/28/15 The Way We Pay Washington Post
04/16/15 Supporting Our Forests with Fire NCSU Department of Forestry and Natural Resources