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