Presenter: Mark Melvin, 2018 Report Author and Chair of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils (CPFC) worked collaboratively to produce the 2018 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report (.pdf). Since 2012, this report has been compiled every three years, and is unique among fire surveys. This year’s survey results showed 11.3 million acres were treated with prescribed fire in 2017. The majority of acres (80%) were burned to meet forestry objectives with the balance related to agriculture. Although the Southeast led the nation in total acres (7.6 million), the West’s 3.3 million acres represented an increase over 2014 and 2011 estimates. Despite this increase in burn acres in the West, the Southeast and the Northeast, as well as the nation as a whole, have experienced a decline in total prescribed fire acres. The national total is down 12% from 12.8 million acres in 2011; only 14 states (28%) increased their prescribed fire activity from 2011 to 2017. This webinar led by the report author, Mark Melvin, will dive into the methodology and results of the 2018 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey. A Q/A session will follow the webinar.