Presenter: Megan Johnson, PhD, US Forest Service ORISE Post-Doc
Prescribed fire is used frequently in Southeastern landscapes to reduce wildfire risk, maintain wildlife habitat, and support fire-dependent species. Many practitioners have expressed that they are unable to burn as often as they would like due to the range of management and safety requirements. However, climate change is expected to further restrict burning opportunities in the Southeast by reducing the number of days with acceptable meteorological conditions. This webinar summarizes the findings of a recent survey of Southeastern burners intended to evaluate and describe their needs, concerns, and alternative actions if faced with fewer good burning days in the future. The implications of these alternative actions on future smoke impacts will also be discussed. Following the presentation there will be time for audience Q/A with the speaker.
Hosted by the US Forest Service, NC State University, the Southern Fire Exchange, and the University of Florida IFAS.