Fire Science News for the Lake States Region - August 2015

August 2015: Volume 6, Issue 8

2015 Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting

WHEN: September 10-11, 2015 
WHERE: Thursday September 10 at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center - Grayling, MI; Friday September 11 staff ride to the Mack Lake Fire, Mio Ranger District, Huron-Manistee National Forests.
September 10th Presentations:
  • Natural disturbance in red pine dominated forests: truths, myths, and management implications. 1) Review of traditional views on red pine forest structure and disturbance, including misconceptions; 2) Discussion of natural range of variation in structure and disturbance; 3) What does this mean for managers interested in emulating natural dynamics?
  • Facilitated Learning Analysis - Organizational Learning as the Response to Unexpected Outcomes.
  • Lessons-Learned Panel - Rx Fire Incident Lessons Shared from Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations.
  • Tour of the MI DNR Roscommon Experiment Station.
The Mack Lake Fire occurred on May 5th, 1980 on the Mio Ranger District, Huron-Manistee National Forests, in northern Lower Michigan. The Crane Lake prescribed burn, in jack pine slash, escaped control lines, jumped State Highway M-33 to the east, and became the Mack Lake wildfire. It resulted in one firefighter fatality, one civilian burn injury, and destroyed 44 homes and buildings. This guided staff ride will visit key locations of the Mack Lake Fire to discuss the social and environmental complexities of this fire. 
Registration deadline: September 5
STUDENTS 50% Discount
Ryan Koziatek for discount code.

 For questions regarding the Annual Meeting, please contact Ryan Koziatek


Check out the August 2015 Edition of “A Superior Research Reader“

A Superior Research Reader is a monthly reader on current and relevant research to science and resource management on the Superior National Forest. The August 2015 Edition focuses on fire, and includes:

  • The 1973 article by Wright and Heinselman, a seminal work in the field of fire ecology, was recently reprinted in the journal of Fire Ecology. Its descriptions of fire’s role in shaping the BWCAW are still relevant today. 

  • Thomas et al. present principles of high-reliability organizing (HRO), and specifically how mindfulness and language can help communication in risky wildfire management situations. 

  • Recent research conducted at Voyageur’s National Park shows that the timing of the fire can significantly affect what grows back in the understory. 

  • The Nature Conservancy and Northern Research Station study how restoration and fire-risk interact in the BWCAW.

the August 2015 Edition of A Superior Research Reader



Huron-Manistee National Forests Partner with Michigan DNR to Share Fire Prevention Messages


Smokey Bear recently joined employees from the Huron-Manistee National Forests to share Forest Service messages at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered with the Forests to share fire prevention messages by sending an engine and fire Humvee to the festival as well as outfitting Smokey with the proper attire. This is the third joint effort between the Forest Service and MI DNR to do public outreach this year. It kicked off with a first-place Smokey Bear ice sculpture and a successful fee-free Get Outdoors Day event.

Source: U.S. Forest Service Chief's Desk, July 17, 2015

Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series 2015: Dr. Jerry F. Franklin

The Ecosystem Science Center of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University, the Applied Sciences Program at Seney National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS), Northern Research Station (USFS), and the Lake States Fire Science Consortium are excited to announce that Dr. Jerry Franklin, Professor of Ecosystem Analysis at the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington will be visiting 9-16 October, 2015 as part of Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series (DELS). Dr. Franklin’s visit will provide an opportunity for students, faculty and local land managers to interact with a leading expert in forest ecosystem science and management. Dr. Franklin’s presentation, open to the public, is on Monday, October 12th.

Regional Fire Trainings

The following fire training opportunities have been brought to our attention. If you are offering fire courses in the next year please send information to Jack McGowan-Stinski so we can post in future newsletters for you.

Fire Training in Michigan from Grand Valley State University
Held at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI
January 8-10 and 15-17, 2016
Registration Information available October 2015

S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use
Bloomington, MN.
Submit NWCG nomination forms to
Deborah Hahn by September 16th

L-280 Followership to Leadership
October 7th and 8th at the MN Interagency Fire Center, Grand Rapids, MN
Submit NWCG nomination forms to
Deborah Hahn by September 15th

M-410 Facilitative Instructor
December 7-11, 2015 at the MN Interagency Fire Center, Grand Rapids, MN
Submit NWCG nomination forms to
Deborah Hahn by October 20th

Conferences and Field Tours in the Region

Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting
September 10-11, 2015 at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center - Grayling, MI
Registration deadline: September 5 
STUDENTS 50% Discount: EMAIL Ryan Koziatek for discount code. Must use student email for confirmation.

The Sixth Annual Northern Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference
"On the Horizon: Innovation, Integration, Motivation"
October 22, 2015 at University Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Registration Information available soon.

9th Annual Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference
January 15-16, 2016, Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Abstracts for Panel Discussions, Presentations,  & Workshops due September 18, 2015
Abstracts for Posters and Student Posters are due November 20th
The 76th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference
January 24-27, 2016 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI. 

Burning Issues Symposium: How do we integrate competing fire objectives in land management and restoration?
A Symposium hosted by:  MI National Guard, Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, Lake States Fire Science Consortium, and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
When: February 2-3, 2016
Where: Fort Custer Training Center, Augusta, MI
Registration information available by October 2015


Conferences in the U.S.

NASA ARSET “Remote Sensing for Wildfire Applications” workshop
October 6-8, 2015 at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho
Call for Poster Abstracts

2015 Wildland Fire Education Conference: Backyards and Beyond
October 22-24, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, SC

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
Advancing Ecology in Fire Management: Knowledge Transfer through Workshops, Presentations, and Meetings
November 16-20, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas

Want to submit an article, post an event or training, or contribute a success story?

Does your agency, organization, or community have a wildland fire science project, event, training, or story you would like to see featured in the Lake States Fire Science Consortium Newsletter? 
Please send submissions to Jack McGowan-Stinski.
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