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Northeast RSC Prescribed Fire Resource Guide


Northeast RSC Prescribed Fire Resource GuideMarch 2020

This guide has been developed by the Northeast Regional Cohesive Strategy Committee (RSC) Prescribed Fire Work Group and is intended to be an information source for prescribed fire managers and practitioners, or those interested in learning more about prescribed fire, to locate information about prescribed fire organizations, resources, research, best practices and educational and training opportunities in the 20 Northeast and Midwest states.

Organizations and Resources

  • Prescribed Burn Associations – A Prescribed Burn Association (PBA) is a group of landowners and other concerned citizens that form a partnership to conduct prescribed burns. Association members pool their knowledge, man-power and equipment to help other people in their association conduct prescribed burns.
  • TNC Fire & Landscapes – The Nature Conservancy works to maintain fire’s role where it benefits people and nature, and keep fire out of places where it is destructive. These pages contain information and resources related to the conservation of terrestrial ecosystems, especially those that are significantly affected by fire activity.
  • Fire Learning Network: This section holds information about the FLN—a cooperative program of the Forest Service, Department of the Interior agencies and the Conservancy—that has been working since 2002 to help restore forests and grasslands. Network publications as well as documents and tools produced by FLN regional networks and landscapes are found here.
  • The Nature Conservancy – Controlled Burning for Safe Communities & Healthy Ecosystems
  • Insights and Suggestions for Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Programs – by Megan S. Matonis, Forest Stewards Guild. provides invaluable insights about best practices and lessons learned for certified prescribed burn manager programs.
  • A more complete list of wildland fire management agencies in the Northeast-Midwest can be found at:
  • Prescribed Fire Insurance – Insurance coverage for prescribed burning is relatively new to the insurance market but is available from several companies under an extended Forester’s policy or as a separate insurance policy specifically for prescribed burning. Survey results found that while costs varied widely between companies, all the surveyed providers required (at a minimum) that the policy holder be a certified burner within their respective state and provide proof of experience in prescribed burning. 


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Education and Training

  • Wildland Fire Learning Portal – The Wildland Fire Learning Portal (Learning Portal) is an enterprise learning management system that enables the national wildland fire community to better meet their education and training needs.
  • National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center – The Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a unique program blending maximum field prescribed burning experience with a flexible curriculum of classroom instruction on foundational topics for prescribed fire practitioners. Provides maximum opportunities for federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies and other organizations to build skills and knowledge of prescribed fire, with an emphasis on field experience. The PFTC is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Prescribed Fire Science Consortium – The Prescribed Fire Science Consortium was formed to address the lack of research on the mechanisms driving fire behavior and fire effects in prescribed fires. The Consortium aims to facilitate collaborative research on building a mechanistic understanding of fire through annual burn experiments.
  • Fire Science Exchange Network (Northeast/Midwest) – The Joint Fire Science Program  (JFSP) Fire Science Exchange Network is a national collaboration of 15 regional fire science exchanges that provides the most relevant, current wildland fire science information to federal, state, local, tribal, and private stakeholders within ecologically similar regions. The network brings fire managers, practitioners, and scientists together to address regional fire management needs and challenges.
  • Learn & Burn Workshops – “Learn & Burn” workshops are an excellent way to provide private landowners and others interested in learning how to prescribe burn with a hands-on opportunity to gain experience and knowledge. These workshops can come in many forms, from a half day in the classroom and half day in the field combination, to a full day (or even multiple days) in the field.
  • Fire Festivals – Fire festivals are becoming increasingly popular in the South as a way to communicate the importance of prescribed fire. These festivals typically target the general public, specifically families with children. Fire festivals include elements common to many festivals and outdoor events such as interactive exhibits, informational booths, fire trucks and equipment, food trucks, and live music. They may also include a live prescribed burn demonstration and demonstrations of prescribed burning equipment such as drip torches, backpack sprayers, engines, and even helicopters.
  • Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) – Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) and cooperative burns provide experiential training that builds robust local capacity for fire management and offers professional fire practitioners a more holistic perspective—while implementing treatments that support community and landscape objectives.

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