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September 2013: Volume 4, Issue 9


Recent Field Trips and Meetings with LSFSC Participation

Michigan Society of American Forester’s Upper Peninsula Chapter Field Trip July 11, 2013
By Jim Schmierer (Michigan Technological University)
 
This Field Trip was held near Alberta, MI highlighting "Fire in the Baraga Plains". Stops in the field included fire-origin, natural red pine from a circa 1905 fire on the Baraga Plains, and a Jack Pine Site Preparation Study initiated in 2003 by researchers from Michigan Technological University (MTU) with the burn conducted by Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Visits to silvicultural demonstrations  of jack pine retention and thinning on MTU's forest sparked good discussions, as did the Baraga Bump Fire site (many thanks to Jim Ferris), which rounded out the field tour.  Excellent presentations were given back at the Ford Center in Alberta, MI to complete the afternoon: Greg Corace (Seney NWR) gave an overview of Seney’s historic disturbance pattern and fire history; and Randy Swaty (TNC) provided an overview of LANDFIRE. Jim Schmierer provided background and history on the MTU sites.  Thanks to Andy Van Dyke (UP SAF Chair) for putting it all together and keeping things on track. 
 

Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Team Meeting July 30-31, 2013

By Dawn Marsh (Applied Sciences Program Intern, Seney NWR, and Northern Michigan University)

The Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Team meeting was held at Kirtland Community College in Roscommon, MI on July 30-31. The first day addressed advocacy and outreach efforts by the USFS, USFWS in partnership with Michigan Audubon, and Huron Pines (a non-profit working with the Recovery Team). Individually, the agencies conduct tours for the public, visit local area schools, and partner with organizations in the Bahamas to promote conservation. The day concluded with a discussion regarding the Kirtland’s warbler conservation plan and the transition that will occur if the species is delisted. The second half of the meeting, held on July 31, focused on various research projects pertaining to Kirtland’s warblers or their habitat. Team members were given a brief update on Joint Fire Science Program-funded research led by Seney NWR and introduced to the new Program Manager of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium, Jack McGowan-Stinski. Maggie Tucker, a PhD student at Wayne State University, presented an overview of her ongoing field research. Tucker is currently performing an analysis of vegetation in stringers (strips of live trees left post-fire) and will examine the effect of these biological legacies on forest development and communities in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Bridget Cullinane-Anthony, an M.S. student at Central Michigan University, presented her research on bird diversity patterns associated with similar stringers in jack pine. Additional research presentations included: monitoring of nesting Kirtland’s warblers and banding efforts in Wisconsin, mating status of male Kirtland’s warblers in young jack pine stands, and the effects of climate change on Kirtland’s warblers. The next Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Team meeting will be held mid-March 2014.

Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting September 5-6, 2013
   
Thursday presentations included: EPA Ambient Air Regulations and the Michigan Smoke Management. Climate Change and Fire Interactions, Oak Openings and the Karner Blue Butterfly, Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna and Lakes States Fire Science Consortia, Phragmites and Fire, and a Wildland Urban Interface Panel Discussion. Workshops held on Friday included: S-131, S-290 CFFDRS supplement, and Burn Plan Writing.  You will be able to view the above presentations at www.firecouncil.org; you can also access smoke management tools, a Smoke Management “Cheat Sheet”, and Smoke Management Plans for MI, MN, and WI at http://lakestatesfiresci.net/SciLibrary/SmokeMgmt.htm

Upcoming Fire Trainings

S-130/190 L180 - Introduction to Wildland Fire:
Basic Wildfire Firefighter & Prescribed Fire Training on-line courses (S-130 / S-190, I-100, L-180) are being hosted by WisCorps and Perrot State Park with the field day portion of these classes being held at Perrot State Park Maintenance Building - Trempealeau, WI on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Go to this link for registration and contact information: https://incidentmanagementspecialist.com/About_Us.html
  
S-290 - Intermediate Fire Behavior - Two Offerings:
  1. This four day course is being offered by Fox Valley Technical College in Wautoma, WI October 30th - November 2nd (Wed-Sat) 8am-6pm.  This course satisfies NWCG requirements for S-290. A certificate will be issued upon course completion and passing grade on final exam. This course is designed to prepare the prospective supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. Must have completed S-130/190. Register
  2. S-290 is also being hosted by WisCorps and Perrot State Park with the classroom day portion being held at Perrot State Park Maintenance Building in Trempealeau, WI on November 7, 2013. Go to this link for registration and contact information: https://incidentmanagementspecialist.com/About_Us.html

Upcoming Symposiums and Conferences


Forest Guild Lake States Meeting: The Ecologic and Economic Balance of Later Successional Forests

 
Attend the Forest Guild Lake States meeting October 4-5, 2013 in Eagle River, WI. This gathering will provide participants with a better understanding of the unique ecology of the region and a chance to learn about forest management approaches in later successional forests.  Register


The Wildlife Society’s 20th Annual Meeting, October 5-10, 2013, Milwaukee, WI

 
A number of sessions discussing fire and wildlife: http://wildlifesociety.org/about/program/
 

The International Smoke Symposium - International Association of Wildland Fire

October 21-24, 2013 at Marriott Inn & Conference Center, Hyattsville, Maryland
 
The International Smoke Symposium will provide a venue to explore the complex policy and science issues surrounding wildland fire, agricultural burning and smoke; discuss different management strategies adopted around the world; and identify knowledge gaps within the field of smoke science for future research, innovation, and development. The International Smoke Symposium will be also available as a Virtual Conference. Attendees participate directly from their home or office computers, through a website that allows them to watch live streaming videos of all presentations, participate in online discussions, interact with the presenters, and participate in the virtual poster session and trade show. The presentations will be archived and available for up to one year after the symposium.  Register: www.iawfonline.org/2013SmokeSymposium/Registration.php

Private Lands and Fire

Michigan DNR – Wildlife Division biologists continue to provide technical advice, and when possible, funding, for restoration of key natural communities that are found on private lands, such as the jack pine barrens restoration and maintenance  shown above.  Past funding has assisted landowners to implement prescribed burns, usually conducted by a contractor or a NGO. For more information about the general use of prescribed fire on private lands in Michigan, and Lake States Fire Science Consortium’s involvement, contact Jack McGowan-Stinski (mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu)

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