Wildland Fire Ecology in Massachusetts and Beyond

7:00pm 8:00pm


Center for Student Coastal Research
40 Parker Avenue
Cohasset, MA
United States

This is a free presentation seminar and discussion event hosted by the Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), a non profit organization located in Cohasset on Boston's South Shore. CSCR educates students in environmental sciences, encourages environmental awareness, and promotes activism. Details are available at www.ccscr.org.

General attendance and participation is comlimentary, tax deductible donations are welcome.

The February guest speaker of the CSCR seminar and discussion series is Alexander Etkind, Specialist at Northeast Forest and Fire Management, LLC in Sandwich MA.

Seminar Abstract

From the coast of Massachusetts to the mountains of Montana, fire is an integral component of many healthy ecosystems. Although fire is often associated with destruction, it is also a powerful and restorative force on the landscape. The plant and animal communities of coastal New England evolved with the influence of fire for thousands of years and periodic fires create and maintain habitat for many native species. Today prescribed fires are intentionally ignited to meet specific ecological objectives and reduce the potential for uncontrollable wildfires. Mr. Etkind will describe the process of implementing prescribed fire in the Northeast. In addition, he will share his experiences fighting wildfires in the western United States