Mashpee/Buzzards Bay, MA
SE Mass Fire Science and Land Management Field Trip and Regional Conservation Forum
From  Thu, February 05, 2015
To  Fri, February 06, 2015
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Day-1 Fire Science and Land Management Field Trip  [+] 5 FREE
If Day-1 is sold out please contact Amanda Mahaffey, 207.432.3701 to be placed on the waiting list.
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We are sorry, but the field trip is full.  To join the wait list, please contact Amanda Mahaffey at  or (207)432-3701.  We also encourage you to attend the SEMPBA Forum on Friday, February 6, which will include a recap of the field trip.  You can find a map of the field trip locations here.

The Southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens is a globally rare ecoregion at risk. A regional, collaborative effort of federal, state and municipal agencies, land trusts, conservation organizations, educators, community leaders and business owners can save the ecoregion. Join your colleagues for two days of learning and sharing and let's begin working together!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fire Science and
Land Management Field Trip

The Mashpee Wampanoag Government Center (morning gathering)
483 Great Neck Road, South
Mashpee, MA 02649

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
Wrap-up at 3:30 p.m.

This field trip is jointly led by the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange and the Forest Guild Northeast Region.

Click here for a Virtual Field Trip Map

This field trip has been approved for 5.0 Category 1 SAF continuing education credits.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The 2nd Annual SE Mass
Regional Conservation Forum

Admirals Hall
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay
, MA 02532
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
Wrap-up by 4:00 p.m.

This forum will build on the conservation initiatives prioritized by the participants of the 1st Regional Forum held on April 12, 2014, furthering the development of a Regional Conservation Partnership.


Working Agenda for Day-1 and Day-2

View the Forum Map (Massachusetts Maritime Academy)

Bios of the presenters and session leaders here

Presenters Day-1 Field Trip

  • Chuckie Green, Natural Resources Director, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Bill Clark, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
  • Joel Carlson, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC
  • Kate Sullivan, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC
  • Dave Celino, Chief, Bureau of Forest Fire Control Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Presenters and Session Leaders Day-2 Forum

  • MORNING KEYNOTE: Bill Labich, Highstead Regional Conservationist and Coordinator of the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network
  • AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Mary Griffin, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game
  • Erin Lane, US Forest Service, USDA Northeast Climate Hub, North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange
  • E. Heidi Ricci, Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Audubon
  • Valerie Massard, AICP, Program Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon
  • Tim Simmons, Restoration Ecologist, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
  • Seth Wilkinson, MALD, President & Restoration Ecologist, Wilkinson Ecological Design
  • Amanda Mahaffey, Northeast Region Director, Forest Guild
  • Theresa Sprague, MALD, Ecological Landscape Alliance, Blue Flax Design
  • Scott Jackson, Extension Associate Professor Department of Environmental Conservation Holdsworth Natural Resources Center University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Jonathan Regosin, Ph.D., Chief of Conservation Science, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
  • Melissa Kurkowski, Naturalist, South Shore Natural Science Center

Goals for this forum were determined by the conservation priorities identified at the 1st Regional Conservation Forum held on April 12, 2014. They are to:

  • Provide land managers with science based information
  • Introduce practical tools and methods for consistent mapping and data collection to facilitate collaborative conservation and restoration projects
  • Identify and share environmental educational and outreach materials and programs that impart the value of the ecoregion to diverse audiences
  • Foster a coordinated approach to natural community identification, assessment, monitoring and conservation planning by establishing a Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP), engaging every level of public and private conservation stakeholders
  • Further the use of prescribed fire as an ecological tool for habitat restoration
  • Support a draft legislative bill for a special state designation of the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens as a unique and valuable ecoregion. (No new regulations involved. The objective is to raise awareness and appreciation of the ecoregion.)
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