Fire Science News for the Lake States Region - December 2016

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

December 2016:
Volume 7, Issue 12

Two Events in January 2017:
A Webinar and the WI Winter Fire Workshop

Lake States Fire Science Webinar January 2017

Fire and Aspen in the Lake States

Lee Frelich 
Director, The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

Aspen played a role as an early successional species after fire in boreal forests, cold-temperate forests, and in the aspen parklands of northwestern Minnesota. In the parklands it can be maintained as a permanent dominant species in the vegetation by frequent fire, occurring with patches of prairie and shrubland. In boreal forests aspen occurs along with jack pine after crown fires on well drained rocky soils on the Canadian Shield, in the early successional stages of red and white pine forests, and most importantly, it plays an important role  in the fire dependent boreal mixed-wood forests in the northern Great Lakes. Mixed wood forests of quaking aspen, paper birch, balsam and white or black spruce that regenerate to mixtures of birch and aspen after fire and later succeed to mixed composition and finally to spruce and fir. Spring fires tended to favor aspen while midsummer and fall fires favored paper birch. Groves of aspen are common on sandy outwash plains that historically had frequent fires and either jack pine, pin oak and bur oak, or prairie edges throughout the Lake States. In northern hardwood-hemlock forests, aspen with paper birch occurs as the early successional stage after windfall-fire combinations. These stands were rare on the pre-European settlement landscape, because stand levelling disturbances were rare. However, the cutover that occurred during settlement was often followed by slash fires, mimicking the windfall-fire combination, but over a large proportion of the landscape, creating the vast acreages of second growth aspen that today is maintained (with varying degrees of success) by clearcut logging. Many of these second-growth aspen stands are succeeding to maple, red oak or spruce and fir, depending on the local climate.

Thursday January 19, 2017
2 PM Eastern/ 1 PM Central


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

Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop


When:  January 31, 2017
Where:  The 2017 Wisconsin Winter Workshop is centrally-located. We will meet at the UW-Stevens Point Dreyfus University Center.

Registration opens the first week of January 2017


The goal of the Winter Fire Workshop is to support interaction among all parts of the prescribed fire and wildfire community across the State of Wisconsin and highlight factors that are common across regions and ownerships. Speakers addressing land management at the workshop span the breadth of fire from wildfire response and prescribed fire on public lands to land management contractors burning for private landowners. We’ll hear from researchers answering management questions in northern and southern ecosystems, as well as from student leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Fire Crew and Fox Valley Technical College.

Keynote speaker John Weir will share his extensive work in prescribed fire in the Great Plains, where he has assisted with the formation of over 30 prescribed burn associations among many other accomplishments. He is a research associate at  Oklahoma State University and serves on the board of the National Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils.
After the workshop, please join us for the mixer from 4-5 pm – this is an opportunity to share your fire experience with college students from across the State, and discuss future events with leaders of the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council, Joint Fire Science Program Fire Science Exchanges, and UW-Stevens Point, UW-Platteville, and Fox Valley Technical College.


Registration rates

Thanks to the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council for handling registration for this event. 

Registration includes conference materials, morning refreshments, an afternoon break, and a mixer to wrap the day. Lunch is not included but many affordable options are available in the Dreyfus University Center. 

Registration opens the first week of January 2017; Registration closes 5 pm, Monday, January 23. 

Regular registration rate: $40

Student registration rate: $10

Planning Team
  • Dr. Ron Masters, Professor of Wildland Fire Science, UW-Stevens Point
  • Dr. Yari Johnson, Assistant Professor and the Director of Reclamation, Environment and Conservation in the School of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Clayton M. Frazer,  Senior Ecologist, Eco-Resource Consulting, Inc./Pheasants Forever
  • Nathan Fayram, Conservation Biologist and Burn Boss, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Jack McGowan-Stinski, Program Manager, Lake States Fire Science Consortium
  • Craig Maier, Coordinator, Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
  • Michele Jasik, Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council
Registration opens the first week of January 2017…..Details will be announced in future emails and on the Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop Webpage


Third Annual Burning Issues Workshop in Michigan

“In Sickness and In Health: Addressing Tough Decisions in Applying Fire to Degraded Habitats and Declining Species in the 21st Century”

When:  March 1 and 2, 2017
Where:  Fort Custer National Training Center, Augusta, MI

This wildland fire workshop is designed to enable land managers, researchers, resource specialists, and fire practitioners an opportunity to hear and learn from different areas of expertise in a format which will help us to identify gaps in knowledge and communication, and work toward solutions to issues that complicate our collective wildland fire work.

Over the two days we will be exploring four themes that are relevant across the State of Michigan and the Upper Midwest. These four themes include: 1) The “Perfect” Burn: Defining Success; 2) Monitoring Your Outcomes: Plotting to Get the Data You Need; 3) Prescribed Fire and Oak Restoration; and 4) Managing for Fire-dependent Wildlife.

We have invited multiple speakers for each theme who will share their expertise in research, resource management, and fire operations, and help explore the principles and details that underlie successful resource management. There will also be interactive opportunities including panel discussions, breakout sessions, and a rapid fire session. These sessions are a rare opportunity for participants from a wide range of organizations, and experiences, to engage with each other on specific issues. These sessions are planned with and for the diverse community interacting around fire-related issues, and seek to build the understanding and communication to support further work toward collaborative solutions.
Registration and Agenda will be available soon…..Details will be announced in future newsletters and on the Burning Issues Workshop Webpage


Lake States Fire Science Consortium Intern Project 2017
Funding Opportunity Notice


The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States.  Where there are current gaps in the science, the goal of the LSFSC is to assist in filling those gaps so that science informs practice and vice-versa.  Unfortunately, for many local fire management issues, there are few resources available to bring managers and scientists together to solve these important issues.

In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, and to expose future professionals to opportunities of management and research collaborations, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region (See our Ecosystems page for a description of fire-dependent ecosystems that are the focus of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium). Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally.     

The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards.  It is expected that 100% of the funds will be used primarily as a stipend for a current undergraduate student intern and not as a supplement or summer salary for graduate students.  All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern/ 4:00 PM Central on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by email to  There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time. 

Proposals should be concise and no longer than four (4) pages in length. It is anticipated that the projects will be no longer than three to six months.  Upon completion of the project a brief final report, and a short webinar, will be required.  Proposals that do not meet all requirements will not be considered for funding. Each proposal will be reviewed and its merits judged in the context of specific goals, nature of the collaborative arrangement, and potential for the collaborative relationship to continue into the future.

The proposal should:
  1. Clearly articulate the nature of the fire science and/or fire management issue, and how the scientist/manager team coalesced to address this issue.
  2. Describe the significance of the issue locally and to the region.
  3. Outline a clear plan of action (including the specific research questions or objectives and methods) and describe how the undergraduate intern will help advance this plan.
  4. Specifically outline deliverables and a time frame for each.
  5. Provide a clear indication of the collaborative relationship and plans to continue the collaborative research into the future.  
  6. Provide an itemized budget for the project.  Most funding should support the undergraduate intern; however, a small portion of the budget can be used to purchase materials and supplies that support the research project.  Travel and indirect costs will not be supported.   
To view examples of the successful internship awards in 2013-2015, please see our webinar archive and recordings for December 19, 2013; December 18, 2014; November 19, 2015; and watch our November 17, 2016 webinar.

You can also access all of the details on the Intern 2017 Webpage.

Questions should be directed to: 
Charles Goebel, LSFSC Program Director (; 330-263-3789)
Jack McGowan-Stinski, LSFSC Program Manager (; 989-287-1734)  

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.

RX-410 Smoke Management Techniques
February 13-16, 2017
Superior National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Duluth, MN
Nominations Due:  December 9, 2016
See Flyer for Details

Conferences and Workshops in the Region

The Stewardship Network: 10th Annual Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference 
January 13th & 14th, 2017 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, MI

WI Winter Fire Workshop
January 31, 2017 at UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI

3rd Annual Burning Issues Workshop in Michigan
March 1-2, 2017 at Fort Custer National Training Center, Augusta, MI 

Conferences and Workshops in the U.S. and Canada

77th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference
February 5 - 8, 2017 Lincoln, Nebraska

National Cohesive Strategy Workshop
Save-the-Date April 25-27, 2017 Reno, NV 
In Planning – SEE THE FLYER

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

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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