CHAZY, N.Y. — On September 13-14, 2019, the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute will host a public workshop on the management of Flat Rock State Forest and its role in forest health. In July 2018 a wildfire burned over 500 acres of jack pine forest near Altona, New York which became known as the Flat Rock Fire.
The workshop will feature an evening panel discussion on firefighter and community response to the 2018 wildfire. An afternoon science symposium will highlight research conducted by SUNY-Plattsburgh students and scientists on the unique ecosystem found at Flat Rock. The Saturday field trip will revisit the site of the 2018 wildfire and explore both firefighting operations and ecological research.
The jack pine forest of Flat Rock is rare in the Northeast. Jack pine is a fire-adapted boreal conifer, and its presence at Flat Rock speaks to the long relationship between people and fire in the area. Jack pine thrives in areas where mineral soil has been exposed to a history of fire. Other examples of fire-adapted natural communities are the Long Island Pine Barrens and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The workshop will enable the community to look at why the 2018 wildfire occurred, the response and management of the fire, how to prepare for fire events in the future, and how fire has a positive effect on forest health.
This workshop is a collaboration of the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, SUNY-Plattsburgh, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Miner Institute.
For more information, please visit www.firesciencenorthatlantic.org.
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