August 2012; Vol. 3: No. 8
Field Tours Show Fire Uses
Phragmites Control Tour July 18th
Hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact, consortium members from the MIDNR and OMNR visited the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve
in downtown Windsor and Rondeau Provincial Park
near Chatham, Ontario to discuss burning practices for management of prairie/savanna habitats and for control of invasive Phragmites. Visit our the "Fire Use & Fuels Management" section of our Science Library
for more on Phragmites.
As shown here, the MIDNR brought home the practice of rolling fuels to reduce fire intensity and increase fuel consumption. Ontario and the Canadian Forestry Service will be working on new fuel types and winter prescriptions suggested as well.
Controlling Hardwoods Under Pine
Representatives from the US Forest Service Northern Research Station, Red Lake Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Chippewa National Forest visited the Ponemah Pines and the Cutfoot Experimental Forest
in Minnesota to examine underburning practices inspired by research conducted by Buckman
at Cutfoot in the 1960's and 1970's.
Intermediate and regeneration practices were considered; looking for an approach that will encourage Red Pine in future cohorts.
Internship Funding RFP
The LSFSC anticipates funding up to four research internships for the summer of 2013. These internships, for either undergraduate or graduate students, are designed to bring managers and scientists together to fill a critical local management need, and require a joint manager-scientist proposal. Click here to view the Request for Proposals
FlamMap 5 Released
Modeling Fire on the Landscape
Always a promising tool for fire planning, version 5 of FlamMap
has several new features that make it easier to model growth from exisitng fire perimeters, consider spotting probability and distance as part of fire growth projections, and integrate terrain influences on windspeed and direction. Also provides powerful tools for evaluating and sharing gridded landscape information. Webinar to introduce it on August 9 is available for review by clicking here
Deadlines are Approaching
5th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Portland Oregon December 3-7. Uniting Research, Education, & Managment.