Central Appalachians FLN Tackles Future of Fire and Forests at Meeting

The future of fire and forests in the changing, complex social and ecological setting of the Central Appalachians was the theme of this year’s Central Appalachians Fire Learning Network meeting. More than 80 participants from 14 different agencies and organizations attended the workshop in Warm Springs, VA on November 5-6. Presentations during the meeting touched on this theme and included updates from the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists, a summary of the recent synthesis of the Fire-Oak Literature of Eastern North America, lessons learned from the national Fire Learning Network, and an analysis of the effects of prescribed fire on forest overstory. The meeting concluded with an interactive panel session that helped ad¬dress barriers to implementation and provided a forecast for prescribed fire from federal, state and private perspectives.

Learn more about the meeting and the activities of the Fire Learning Network.