CAFMS Hosts Smoke in the Mountains Workshop

Smoke Management in the Southern Appalachians

February 28, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bent Creek Training Facility, Asheville, NC

Organized by the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists (CAFMS), this course will examine some of the challenges managers face when trying to manage the smoke from prescribed fire in mountainous terrain. A primary focus will be highlighting the differences between managing smoke in the Coastal Plain versus the mountains. Participants will explore a range of tools available to assist land managers with managing smoke and spend some time examining case studies of smoke management gone wrong. The primary focus of this workshop is not on specific training on using any one tool, but rather on improving understanding of smoke management and the factors that can contribute to undesirable smoke management outcomes.

Registration is limited to 40 participants. Register online here.


In April 2010, the Southern Research Station and The Nature Conservancy received funding from the Joint Fire Science Program to create the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists (CAFMS). The consortium facilitates communication between fire managers and scientists in a number of formats by building on their existing ties within the Fire Learning Network. CAFMS includes fire managers along with government and university scientists from throughout the Appalachian region that stretches from Pennsylvania to Alabama. Prescribed fire is a new tool in this region and a great need exists for science delivery. A primary deliverable for the consortium will be research syntheses of fire effects on multiple ecosystems. Meetings, workshops, road trips, and other means of promoting communication among scientists and managers will be used to deliver science results and identify management needs. Read more about CAFMS.

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