Prescribed fire at St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

One thing we’re hoping to improve for next year’s South Atlantic Blueprint update is the previously burned pine habitat indicator. Getting polygons representing the burn history of sites across the entire South Atlantic has been difficult–especially for private land.

A major project to develop an improved fire mapping system in the Southeast started up last year. It’s building on work in the South Atlantic, Florida, and through the Southeastern Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) fire working group. Based on the interim project scoping, it looks like the Landsat burned areas dataset will be a good foundation for getting the matrix of burned areas and fire history at a fine enough resolution. Early results may be ready in time for us to use in the next Blueprint. If not, it looks like we could use similar methods to those scoped out for the project.

Learn more at the project website