Fire Science News for the Lake States Region - February 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

February 2017:
Volume 8, Issue 2

Lake States Fire Science Webinar March 2017


Survey and Analysis Design for Wood Turtle Abundance Monitoring Programs

Donald Brown 
School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia / Northern Research Station, US Forest Service, Parsons, West Virginia

Population monitoring is a fundamental component of wildlife management, and is necessary to track site- and regional-level status and recovery of species of conservation concern. The wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) is a species of high conservation concern for federal and state agencies due to population declines across the species’ range. We developed and tested a survey and analysis design to assist agencies in the Upper Midwest with establishment of long-term monitoring programs for wood turtle populations. We conducted 8 replicate population surveys at 8 candidate long-term monitoring sites in northeastern Minnesota, USA. Using field survey data and simulation models, we assessed the influence of distance from river surveyed, number of survey replications, and number of sites on abundance estimates, as well as delineated important survey covariates and compared demographic estimates based on distance from river surveyed. We estimated site-level abundances and compared survey designs using a multinomial N-mixture model that included a removal sampling observation process. We found that mean abundance estimates were similar when surveying 2 transects (i.e., the river-land interface to ca. 25 m inland) or 4 transects (i.e., the river-land interface to ca. 55 m inland), but reducing survey distance from river reduced the mean precision of estimates by ca. 60%. We found that mean abundance estimates were similar with ≥6 replications. Air temperature was an important predictor of survey-specific detection probability, with maximum detectability at 19−23 °C. Sex ratio and mean carapace length did not differ based on whether 2 or 4 transects were surveyed, and percentage of individuals by size class was nearly identical between the sampling designs. Simulations indicated that 75% of mean abundance estimates were within ±8% of true abundance when ≥15 sites were surveyed. The wood turtle survey and analysis design we developed and tested was effective for estimating abundance of wood turtle populations in northeastern Minnesota, and we encourage its use as a template for wood turtle monitoring programs in the Upper Midwest.

Thursday March 16, 2017 
2 PM Eastern/ 1 PM Central


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Smoke TOOLS Workshop

We are offering a one-day hands-on indoor Smoke TOOLS workshop reviewing available online tools and techniques to predict and manage smoke on your prescribed burns or on wildfire response.

Date: Wednesday March 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (check-in opens at 8:15 a.m.)
Location: Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, 402 SE 11th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (map)
Instructor: Trent Wickman, US Forest Service, Eastern Region
Cost: Free, but you must register to attend
Items to bring: You will need to bring a laptop, power cord, and information from burns on your home unit in order to use the online tools during the workshop; Also, bring a lunch
Continuing Education Credits: TBD

This workshop is offered at no charge thanks to sponsorship from the US Forest Service, the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, the Lake States Fire Sciences Consortium, and the University of Minnesota. 

Note: Space is limited and you must register to attend.  Lunch will not be provided.
Register here – You must register in advance to attend.

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Presentations available from the recent WI Fire Workshop

The Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop was held January 31, 2017 at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  

Click HERE to access all the PDF’s of the presentations listed below, or click on the individuals to access just the presentation you want.
Lakewood Southeast Project, Lakewood/Laona Ranger District, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Jay Saunders, East Zone Fire Management Officer, and John Lampereur, Silviculturist, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Wisconsin’s Northwest Sands: A Fire Landscape
Bob Hanson, Northwest Sands Wildlife Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Treehaven Fire Plots:  Effects of Variable Overstory, Fire Frequency and Season in a Northern Mixed Conifer-Hardwood System
Ron Masters, Professor of Wildland Fire Science, UW-Stevens Point

The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin: Fire Management
Eric Mark, Land Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Paul Priestly and Kelly Harkin, UW-Stevens Point Fire Crew

WI Fire History and Fire Effects Research
Nathan S. Holoubek, Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Getting More Fire on the Ground: The How, Why and Where?
John R. Weir, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University

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 Region

Smoke TOOLS Workshop
March 29, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MN

Conferences and Workshops in the U.S. and Canada

International Association of Fire Chiefs 2017 Wildland-Urban Interface Conference
Preconference March 18-21, 2017
Conference March 21-23, 2017
Peppermill Resort
Reno, NV

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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