Fire Stories

Fire stories from the national parks highlight events, incidents, and the like, associated with fire and fuels management, as well as fire education, technology, partnerships, and more. Stories highlight work related to Department of the Interior initiatives as well as local and regional initiatives.

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Members of the Natchez Trace fire effects modules crew accept the award for Achievement in Implementing Adaptive Management. NPS.

Fire and Aviation Announces 2012 NPS Fuels and Ecology Program Award Recipients

Division of Fire and Aviation Management

The National Park Service Fuels and Fire Ecology programs have announced the recipients of the 2012 NPS Fuels and Ecology Program awards.

Categories included Achievement in Implementing Adaptive Management, Achievement in Promoting Fire-Adapted Human Communities, and Achievement in Restoring and Maintaining Fire-Adapted Ecosystems.

The Natchez Trace fire ecologist, Jesse Burton, and the fire effects module members Carol Fields, Jennifer Falkey, and Will Hilton were awarded for Achievement in Implementing Adaptive Management. According to the nomination, the fire ecologist and fire effects module (NATR-FEM) earned the award by routinely assisting with burn implementation using adaptive management, and the thoroughness of the fire ecologist in annual reporting.

In addition, success stories and features in the Southeast Region’s newsletter, The Open Understory, highlight the group’s achievements:

  • 2011 National Park Service, Partners Treat 1022 Acres along Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi and Tennessee.
  • 2009 Prescribed Fire Program and Partnership Begins Restoration of Native Longleaf Pine, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Alabama.
  • 2008 Three Prescribed Fire Accomplish Resource and Fuels goals, Mammoth Cave National Park.

In the category of Achievement in Promoting Fire-Adapted Human Communities, three areas – Acadia, Cape Cod, and the Northeast Regional Office – were awarded for the Baker Island Lighthouse Hazardous Fuels Reduction. Specifically, the award was presented to project leader and fire management officer for Acadia National Park:

  • Acadia National Park staff
    • Andy Mitchell
    • Allen Moyer
    • Bryan Daigle
    • Kyle Dutson
    • Fred Mason
    • Dan Perkins
    • Sam Blatchford
    • Chris Cipollone
  • Keepers of Baker Island staff
    • John Cesari
  • Cape Cod National Seashore staff
    • Conor Laffey
    • Gregory Vigneaux
    • Katherine Sullivan
    • Benjamin Potash
    • Matthew Kampf
    • Christopher Siwik
    • Justin DeForest
  • Northeast Regional Office staff
    • Mark Taylor 

According to the nomination, the group earned the award for a project on the Baker Island unit of Acadia National Park. More information about the project may be found at http://1.usa.gov/Y7UGu8.

The final award, Achievement in Restoring and Maintaining Fire-Adapted Ecosystems went to John Stiner and Doug Mullan for their project at Canaveral National Seashore - Canaveral National Seashore Habitat Restoration and Fuels Management Program Achievement. More information about the project may be found at http://1.usa.gov/XDKrQB.

The intention of the NPS Fuels and Ecology Program Awards is to promote those areas of emphasis important to the mission of the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior (DOI). The areas of recognition have been selected from the NPS Wildland Fire Management Strategic Plan and the DOI Wildland Fire Performance Measures. The awards are meant to acknowledge those programs that have best aligned their efforts with the DOI and NPS Hazard Fuels Program goals.

Congratulations to our NPS award winners!