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      February 13, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      40 Parker Avenue
      Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025

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      Wildland Fire Ecology in Massachusetts and Beyond

      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. Alexander will present and discuss 'Wildland Fire Ecology in Massachusetts and Beyond'.   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 Biography Alexander Etkind specializes in the sustainable management of fire adapted ecosystems. With over eight years of experience in land management and conservation, he has worked in a variety of capacities with non-profit land trusts, environmental organizations, and municipal, state, and federal government agencies. In his position with Northeast Forest and Fire Management, LLC, Mr. Etkind implements prescribed burns throughout New England and New York. In addition to his work with prescribed fire in the Northeast, Mr. Etkind is an Emergency Firefighter with the National Park Service and has been deployed on multiple wildfire assignments in the western United States. A native of Cohasset, Mr. Etkind earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences from UMass Boston and a professional graduate certificate in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems from the Harvard University Extension School. He is currently a master’s degree candidate in Sustainability and Environmental Management at the Harvard University Extension School, where he is focusing his research on the management of wildlife habitat within the fire adapted ecosystems of Cape Cod.

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