These Fire Adapted Communities Learning Exchanges will advance community and forest wildfire resilience in the mid-Atlantic through shared learning between wildland fire professionals working in the New Jersey Pinelands and Long Island, New York.
The Forest Stewards Guild is facilitating a Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) learning exchange centered on pine barrens in Long Island, New York and southern New Jersey. These areas face similar challenges, including WUI, effective CWPP implementation, and southern pine beetle mitigation. There are also differences in the availability of resources, frequency of prescribed fire, and public understanding and engagement. This learning exchange will bring together FAC and fire professionals to create a space for the participants to share experiences, learn from one another's successes and failures, and outline next steps each community can take to improve wildfire preparedness.
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The Long Island-hosted exchange agenda will include:
Day 1 (1:00-4:30 PM)
- Burn units at Brookhaven National Laboratory
- Crescent Bow fire
- Ridge community CWPP and home hazard assessments
Day 2 (8:00-12:00 PM)
- Rocky Point demonstration area
- Fire-dependent grasslands
- Dwarf pine plains
- 1995 Sunrise Fire vista
A detailed agenda and logistical details will follow.
Lodging: Limited overnight lodging is available at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Go to this site: https://www.bnl.gov/staffservices/onsitehousing.php. On the right side of the screen is a button that says "Guest Registration." Click that button and register with the Lab. Once all that gets approved, you can call and make a reservation for a dorm room ($50/night). They also have apartments and guest houses for $90/night if you want a slight upgrade (basically your own bathroom). This should be done ASAP before more interns reserve lodging for the summer.