Fire Science News for the Lake States Region - March 2017

In This Issue

Consortium Staff
Jack McGowan-Stinski
Program Manager

Administrative Committee
The Ohio State University
Charles Goebel, PI
David Hix, Co-PI
Eric Toman, Co-PI
Michigan State University
Jessica Miesel, Co-PI 
Wayne State University
Dan Kashian, Co-PI 
Greg Corace, Co-PI
USFS Northern Research
Brian Palik, Co-PI
Randy Kolka, Co-PI

Advisory Committee

Jim Barnier, WDNR
Marty Casselius, BIA
Paul Charland, USFWS
BJ Glesener, MN DNR
Steve Goldman, USFS
Matt Graeve, TNC
Dave Heaman, OMNR
Andy Henriksen, NRCS
Michele Richards MI NG
Glenn Palmgren, MI DNR
Scott Weyenberg, NPS

March 2017:
Volume 8, Issue 3

Our Upcoming April Webinar

Ecology and Dynamics of Aspen in Fire-Dependent Communities across the Lake States and North Atlantic Region.

Anthony D'Amato
Associate Professor in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Vermont

Thursday April 20, 2017 
2 PM Eastern/ 1 PM Central


(No registration or passcode needed – please choose “Guest Login” and type in your First and Last name)

Presentations available from the Burning Issues Workshop

The Burning Issues Workshop was held March 1-2, 2017 at Fort Custer Training Center, MI

Click HERE to access all the PDF’s of the presentations listed below, or click on the individual titles to access just the presentation you want.
Burning Issues Workshop 2017 Presentations (In order of presentation)

Burning Issues Workshop 2017 Introduction

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Doug Ladd, The Nature Conservancy Missouri Field Office
Applying Fire to Degraded Habitats and Declining Species in the 21st Century: Pyromaniacs or Ecological Saviors?

TOPIC ONE: The “Perfect” Burn: Defining What Success Means To You or Your Organization

What is the "the perfect burn?” Interpretations of what makes a burn “perfect” varies dependent on objectives, agency/organizations, specialist views, level of fire science/fire implementation knowledge and experience, etc. However, in describing what we desire for the end result of a burn (do the fire effects meet the objectives and goals) we have the opportunity to talk about what we're looking for and what we hope to achieve, and separate out personal assumptions and expectations versus feasible effects.

Lee Osterland (MI DNR) 
Enhancing the Landscape with the “Perfect Prescribed Burn”

Dr. Todd Aschenbach (Grand Valley State University)
The “Perfect” Burn: Defining What Success Means To You or Your Organization

TOPIC TWO: Monitoring and Sharing Outcomes: Plotting to Get the Data You Need

In this session we discussed how to design a monitoring program to meet specific needs, and how a monitoring program adapts over time to inform management decisions. We frame the development of a monitoring program by addressing these questions: What did you need to know? How did you do it? How well did it work?

Brian Stearns (USDA Forest Service – Huron-Manistee National Forests) 
Fire and Fuels Monitoring

Clair Ryan (Midwest Invasive Plant Network)
MIPN Control Database: A Regional Tool for Sharing Control Method Outcomes

Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Overview

TOPIC THREE: Managing Oak Ecosystems with Fire

This session answered a couple of big questions about oak-dominated ecosystems: 1) What is mesophication, and why has lack of fire made it difficult to regenerate oak today? 2) What does reintroducing fire help us do in oak-dominated ecosystems? and 3) How do we combine fire and other tools to meet management objectives? Speakers in this session have been addressing these questions in oak woodlands and forests across the eastern United States.

Dr. Greg Nowacki (USDA Forest Service, Region 9)
The oak regeneration problem in the Midwest….and the implications for oak ecosystem restoration.

Dr. Todd Hutchinson (USDA Forest Service – Northern Research Station)
Thinning and Burning in Oak Forests: A Tale of Two Sites.

Dr. Ben Jones (Pennsylvania Game Commission)
Building capacity to use prescribed fire for wildlife conservation and resilient landscapes.

TOPIC FOUR: Managing for Wildlife in Fire-dependent Ecosystems

The goals of prescribed fire or fuel reduction treatments may be to improve wildlife habitat, but fire management objectives and prescriptions are rarely defined by wildlife needs. This session will emphasize connecting fire management to wildlife needs. The research and case study are from northern Lake States ecosystems, with general principles that can be applied to fire-dependent ecosystems south of the tension zone, as well.

Dr. Greg Corace (US Fish and Wildlife Service, Seney National Wildlife Refuge)
Fire-Dependent Mixed-Pine Ecosystems, Biological Legacies, and Wildlife: A Summary of Past and Current Research at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Mark Monroe (MI DNR)
Prescribed Fire’s role in Elk Management in Michigan.

Fire Trainings

Offering fire courses in the next year? Please send information to Jack McGowan-Stinski so we can post in future newsletters for you.

Conferences and Workshops in the U.S. and Canada

National Cohesive Strategy Workshop
April 25-27, 2017 Reno, NV 
Call for Presentation Proposals Extended! Deadline February 11, 2017
Registration is now open for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop. Registration includes admission to all workshop sessions and social activities.

Wildland fire sessions at 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo
Boston June 4-7, 2017

Fire Vision 20/20: A 20 Year Reflection and Look into the Future
7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress held concurrently with the 
2nd Applied Fire Science Workshop 
Hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology in cooperation with the Southern Fire Exchange
November 28-December 2, 2017 Orlando, Florida

The Association for Fire Ecology's 7th International Fire Congress will be held November 28-December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  We will offer an exciting blend of learning opportunities for fire managers, natural resource professionals, policy leaders, and the academic and research community. Presentations will feature the latest in research results and applications.
Workshops throughout the week will provide innovative training opportunities built on the research presentations. Special sessions will focus on unifying the science and applications around key management issues. Round table discussions will allow small groups to focus on key topics and principles. Saturday field trips will demonstrate how much of the material described and discussed the rest of the week is being applied across Florida.
CALLS FOR PROPOSALS & ABSTRACTS NOW OPEN!  Click on the links below for detailed instructions and links to the Submission Forms.

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