Upcoming Event

Fire History in the Appalachians Workshop and Central Appalachians FLN Workshop

October 20, 2015–October 22, 2015

Join Us for 1, 2 or all 3 days!

Where: Pembroke, VA at Mountain Lake Lodge
Cost: Free, but limited space
Hotel reservations: Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke VA
1-800-346-3334
Ask for the Fire History Workshop room block to get a rate of $83.00 per night. The deadline to receive the discounted rate is September 21st.
*If you need to stay on nights either before or after the meeting they will honor the room rate 2 days prior and 2 days after the meeting. If you have problems please email or call me (540-839-3599).

Register here




Tuesday, October 20

8:00-8:30 Check in
8:30-9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:00-9:45 Greg Nowacki – USFS Region 9
Oak, Fire and Mesophication: Past, Present, and Future Trends of the Oak Resource in the Eastern US
9:45-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Steve Croy – USFS George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Marek Smith – The Nature Conservancy
A Manager’s Perspective of Fire History Research: Applications in the Heart of the Appalachians
11:00-11:30 Melissa Thomas-VanGundy – USFS Northern Research Station
The Use of Witness Trees as Pyro-Indicators for Mapping Past Fire Occurrence
11:30 – 12:15 Henri Grissino-Mayer – University of Tennessee
Demystifying the Techniques used in Tree-Ring Analysis for Reconstructing Appalachian Fire Regimes
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-1:45 Lauren Howard – Arcadia University
200+ Years of Fire and its Ecological Implications on North Fork Mountain, West Virginia
1:45-2:15 Rich Guyette – University of Missouri
Fire Dynamics in Ecosystems of Appalachia
2:15-3:00 Charles Lafon- Texas A&M University
Appalachian Fire Regimes Reconstructed from Fire-Scarred Trees: Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Burning in the Past
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-4:15 Cecil Frost – UNC Chapel Hill, Blue Star Consulting
Translating Fire Scar Chronologies into Fine-Scale Landscape Fire Frequency
4:15-5:00 Chris Underwood – University of Wisconsin Platteville
Millennia of Fire and Forest History from Soil Charcoal
5:00-5:15 Wrap up



Wednesday, October 21

8:00-8:45 Sally Horn – University of Tennessee
Fire, Climate, and People in the Appalachians: Evidence from Sediment Records
8:45-9:15 Pat Brose – USFS Northern Research Station
A 480-year Fire History for the Pine Creek Gorge of Northern Pennsylvania
9:45 Leave for field trip:

Fire history and prescribed burn field trip on Jefferson National Forest
We will visit Brush Mountain to observe one of the sites for which fire scars have been used to reconstruct fire history. This site is easily accessible and will enable participants to see fire-scarred trees and the associated vegetation. Soil charcoal sampling will be also demonstrated in the field. After leaving the fire history site, we will drive eastward along the Craig Creek valley, stopping for lunch at a spot in the valley with a scenic view toward the north slope of Brush Mountain. This stop will provide a landscape perspective on the terrain and vegetation patterns in the vicinity of the fire history study. In the afternoon, we will continue toward New Castle, Virginia to visit stands that have been burned recently to apply our understanding of fire history to attempt to restore fire-associated vegetation.



Thursday, October 22

8:30am-2:00pm Central Appalachians FLN partners will convene for a focused dialog on collaborative success stories, stakeholder engagement, new technological tools, northern long-eared and other forest bats, and fire effects monitoring. The agenda is still being finalized as many partners are currently out on wildfire details.



Contact Marek Smith at 540-839-3599 or marek_smith@tnc.org for more details