Stockton Students Analyze Controlled Burns on College Campus

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While firefighters are normally battling blazes, on Wednesday at Stockton University they actually set one.

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service conducted a controlled burn on the Galloway Campus as part of the university's forest management plan. Stockton environmental studies students were on hand to analyze how a controlled burn affects the forest including its impact on healthy trees and on the southern pine beetle.

"Controlled burns also help to protect the forest...And the campus from wildfires. The administration of the college understands how important it is to protect the facility, this is a forest with a college not a college with a forest, so it is important that folks understand that these lands require maintenance, management, [and] stewardship," said Robert Williams, a certified forester.

Students also studied the fire itself by using a portable weather station for monitoring and recording factors like air temperature, wind speed, and relative humidity. They also buried temperature sensors in order to record flame heat and speed.

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