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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Partners in the Southern Blue Ridge FLN (SBR FLN) collaborate to develop, share and apply the best available science to restore fire across a vast, diverse region. Partners and stakeholders work in teams in the network’s seven landscapes to set and achieve restoration goals in their fire-adapted pine and oak forests. Landscapes active in this network are: 

SBR FLN lead contacts:
Beth Buchanan, USFS Regional Fire Ecologist, (404) 606-2295
Carmella Stirrat, TNC-NC Fire Manager, (330) 701-5404

Webinars, Presentations, Papers & Products:
  • The Fire Manager's Guide to Blue Ridge Ecozones (Adam Warwick, February 2021)
  • Lessons Learned From 12 Years of SBR FLN Fire Response Monitoring webinar (February 2021)
  • A Primer for the Call-When-Needed Crew Model (2020)
  • African American Attitudes Toward & Experiences with Controlled Burning in Alabama, Florida and Georgia webinar (July 2020)
  • Hot Burns, Cold Burns, and Everything in Between: Exploring Prescribed Burning's Impacts on Forest Structure in the Appalachians webinar (May 2019)
  • SBR TREX 2018 by the numbers fact sheet
  • Cherokee NF South Zone Collaborative Group programmatic environmental assessment recommendations and lessons learned (April 2019)
  • Landscape Conservation Forecasting: Great Smoky Mountains National Park final report and webinar
    (report: Greg Low, Rob Klein and Katherine Medlock,
    September 18, 2017; webinar: Klein and Medlock, May 1, 2018)

  • Wildfire Effects on Vegetation in Linville Gorge Wilderness Area webinar by Cassandra Pallai, October 23, 2015. 
  • Poster: Hard Mast Production Following Two Prescribed Burns in Western NC (SAF, November 2015)
  • Poster: Changes in Forest Structure​ Following Dormant Season Prescribed Burns in the Southern Appalachians (SAF, November 2015)
  • Using LiDAR to Analyze Vegetation Structure & Ecological Departure in the Upper Warwoman Watershed webinar and report by Josh Kelly, July 9, 2014
  • SBR FLN: Prescribed Fire Effects on Vegetation webinar, June 23, 2014
  • Ecological Zones in the SBR Escarpment, 4th Approximation by Steven A. Simon, April 1, 2015 report
  • Report: The Fire-Oak Literature of Eastern North America: Synthesis and Guidelines(GTR-NRS-135), 2014
  • Proceedings: Wildland Fire in the Appalachians: Discussions Among Managers and Scientists The Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network: A Collaborative Partnership to Restore Fire-Adapted Ecosystems and Build Resilient Forests and Communities in the Southern Blue Ridge (GTR-SRS-199), 2014
  • Fire History and its Relation to Climate and Land Use in Three Southern Appalachian Landscapes in the Eastern U.S. webinar, May 30, 2013
  • Using LiDAR to Map & Assess Forest Structure webinar, Jan. 25, 2013
  • What We are Learning about the Effects of Prescribed Burns in the Southern Appalachians we​binar, Nov. 29, 2012
  • Ecological Burn Prioritization Model (Grandfather RD in the Central Escarpment landscape) we​binar and slides, May 18, 2011
  • Burn Prioritization Model Use on the South Mountains Landscape presentation, 2012
  • Implementing a Burn Prioritization Model for South Mountains Burn Units with GIS presentation, 2011

Outreach Materials:

About the SBR FLN:

FLN Notes from the Field:
(For all issues, see the complete Index of Notes from the Field)
Notes from the Field: Communications at 2018 SBR TREX
Notes from the Field: Building Capacity in the Appalachians
Notes from the Field: Central Escarpment Workshop, Oct. 2018
Notes from the Field: SBR workshop #13, May 2018
Notes from the Field: SBR wor​​kshop, May 2016​
Notes from the Field: Bluff Mtn. burn, Nov. 2015
Notes from the Field: NC TREX, Feb. 2015
Notes from the Field: Lake James burn, Jan. 2015
Notes from the Field: Burning at Tallulah Gorge, Feb. 2012
Notes from the Field: Landscape leaders' workshop, Dec. 2011
... And More:
> "Fire Tigers" at Clemson University, founded by Helen Mohr
> LANDFIRE website, 2-page flyer, and spotlight on
   Margit Bucher​

> Nature Conservancy magazine, June-July 2016 feature
Restoration in the Southern Appalachians: a dialogue
   among scientists, planners, and land managers

   (SRS-GTR-189), 2014
> #goodfire on Twitter

Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
Towns County Fire Adapted Community fire prevention website and poster
Prescribed Fire Council websites for each SBR state: 
Learn more about the Southern Blue Ridge region:

SEE ALSO: recordings of webinars from across the FLN, including several from the Southern Blue Ridge FLN