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Southeastern Massachusetts 2nd Annual
Regional Conservation Forum
  February 5-6, 2015

Meet the 2015 SE Mass Regional Conservation Forum Speakers and Session Leaders

YOUR ATLANTIC COASTAL PINE BARRENS: To protect and preserve a rare ecosystem – your backyard! WickedLocal, Mattapoisett, Jan. 19, 2015.

Thank you to all of the participants in the second Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Conservation Forum held on February 6, 2015.

If you were unable to attend the forum but would like to receive information about forming a Regional Conservation Partnership for the Southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion, drop a line to SEMPBA Volunteers.

View photos from the 2015 Forum
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The Southeastern Massachusetts Fire Science and Land Management Field Trip

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The Fire Science and Land Management Field Trip, originally scheduled for Thursday, February 5, was rescheduled to Wednesday, March 11.

View photos of the Fire Science and Land Management Field Trip that appeared in the Cape Cod Times: Forestry forum hosted by Mashpee Wampanoag Government Center

View photos from the Fire Science Field Trip

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View the SEMPBA Field Trip March 11 Agenda.

***This field trip was approved for 5.0 Category 1 SAF continuing education credits.

The one-day field-based workshop on February 5 will focus on fire in land management, one of the unique features of the Pine Barrens ecosystem. We invite participation from the spectrum of land managers at work in the Pine Barrens, including municipal, state, federal, private, and non-governmental organizations, as well as fire scientists and managers from further afield. Presentations and field tour stops will examine themes in restoration, habitat management, ecological goal-setting, prescribed burning techniques, and the potential for fire planning in the future of the Pine Barrens.

Focus: Restoration Ecology in the Context of Fire

  • Barnstable County CWPP - Bill Clark, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
  • Restoration Ecology in the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens, Tim Simmons, Massachusetts,  Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Native use of Fire in the Pine Barrens - Chuckie Green, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Natural Resources
  • Joel Carlson, Kate Sullivan, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC
  • Morning site visits - view four different combinations of site prep, mastication, harvesting, & burn treatments. On-site speakers include: Dave Celino, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Afternoon site visits - New England cottontail habitat, Trustees of Reservations, Simon Lowe Conservation Area (Orenda Wildlife Land Trust)
  • Simon Lowe Conservation Area - mastication, burning, and bottomlands.


Pine Barrens Controlled BurnTall Pitch PinesPhotos above courtesy of Bill Patterson.


Friday, February 6, 2015

2nd Annual SE Mass
Regional Conservation Forum

Admirals Hall
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Coffee and registration opens at 8:00 am.

View the Agenda (Day-2)

View the Forum Map (Massachusetts Maritime Academy)

This forum is designed to strengthen collaboration and cooperation among conservation stakeholders in the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion of Southeastern Massachusetts. We will build upon the conservation priorities identified at the 2014 Forum and explore the option of forming a Regional Conservation Partnership with Bill Labich, a prominent leader in the movement. Breakout sessions and workshops will offer tools and practical solutions that participants may apply to the conservation issues that are most relevant to local ecological concerns.

View highlights from the SE Mass Regional Conservation Forum 2014

Review the 2014 Regional Conservation Forum Recommendations & Summaries of the Round-table Discussions

Regional Conservation Forum 2014 Group Photo

Tim SimmonsTop: Group photo taken at the 2014 Regional Conservation Forum, Woods Hole Research Center. Below: Tim Simmons' presentation during the 2014 Forum.