Fire Science News for the Lake States Region - October 2015

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
Theresa Gallagher, USFS
Dave Heaman, OMNR
Andy Henriksen, NRCS
Michele Richards MI NG
Mark Sargent, MI DNR
Darwin Schultz, MI TNC
Scott Weyenberg, NPS

October 2015: Volume 6, Issue 10

November 2015 Webinar –
LSFSC Intern Projects

Response of insectivore pollinators to a large-scale pine barren restoration project in northeastern Wisconsin – and - The Lakewood Southeast Restoration Project of northeastern Wisconsin.
Brian Sturtevant, Deahn Donner and Christel Kern (USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station), and Scott Anderson, John Lampereur and Jay Saunders (USDA Forest Service, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest)
An historical lens to investigate changes in the forest structure and fire adaptation of the Great Lakes National Parks.
Alison Paulson and Donald Waller - University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Suzanne Sanders and Jessica Kirschbaum - National Park Service Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network, Ashland, WI


November 19, 2015
2 PM Eastern/ 1 PM Central

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2016 JFSP Funding Opportunities...


Closes:  November 13, 2015 (Friday at 5 PM Mountain Standard Time)

Visit and look for Funding Opportunity Notices (FONs) in the upper left rotating panels. Click on View and apply.

For an in-depth examination of both the primary and GRIN funding opportunities, please 
CLICK HERE, or see our latest LSFSC Announcement

Forest Service Chief Reviews Fire Season, Calls for Two-Part Solution to Fire Budget

In early October U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell reviewed the 2015 fire season and provided insight into longer term trends and challenges for the agency. Tidwell highlighted concerns over the increasing cost of suppressing wildfire, emphasizing that more than half of the agency’s annual budget now goes toward fire suppression. Tidwell outlined two key issues the Forest Service is wrestling with that must be resolved by Congress.

First, the chronic increase in the portion of the Forest Service budget devoted to fire suppression must be stopped. The current rate of increase results in progressively less funding for fire prevention and restoration activities. In 1995, fire suppression made up 16 percent of the Forest Service’s annual appropriated budget—this year, for the first time, more than 50 percent of the budget will be dedicated to fire.

Second, Tidwell said that the practice of “fire transfer” must be stopped.  Fire Transfer occurs when fighting fires in a given year costs more than Congress appropriates for that specific function, and the Forest Service must deplete restoration, watershed and recreation programs to pay for fire suppression.  This fiscal year the transfer was a record $700 million.

To read the full article click HERE


Northern Minnesota study tracks nesting habits of threatened bats

A team of researchers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute and the U.S. Forest Service has preliminary finding's from a summer of study of the Northern long-eared bat: Bats use a variety of tree species to nest in and raise their pups, but they especially favor trees that are old or starting to fail. 

Northern long-eared bats, which nest in trees to raise their young in June and July, do not appear to favor any single species of tree (206 captured bats tracked to 71 different roosts in 17 different varieties of trees). The study is considered important as Northern long-eared bats face peril from white nose syndrome, a fungus that continues to kill millions of bats across the eastern U.S. and Canada.

Read the full article


Prescribed Fire Risks Relative to Other Management Techniques
Used on Private Lands

Fire is widely recognized as a critical ecological and evolutionary driver that needs to be at the forefront of land management actions if conservation targets are to be met. However, the prevailing view is that prescribed fire is riskier than other land management techniques. Perceived risks associated with the application of fire limits its use and reduces agency support for prescribed burning in the private sector. As a result, considerably less cost-share support is given for prescribed fire compared to mechanical techniques. This study tests the general perception that fire is a riskier technique relative to other land management options and provides the foundation for agencies to establish data-driven decisions regarding the degree of support they provide for prescribed burning on private lands.

Read the full article HERE

Twidwell D, Wonkka CL, Sindelar MT, Weir JR (2015) First Approximations of Prescribed Fire Risks Relative to Other Management Techniques Used on Private Lands. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140410. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140410

2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards 

The International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Association of State Foresters, National Fire Protection Association, and the U.S. Forest Service are excited to open nominations for the 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards.

Established in 2014 in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the Nation, the Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation.

The three award categories include:
  • Fire Adapted Communities Fire Service Leadership
  • Wildfire Mitigation Innovation
  • Community Wildfire Preparedness Pioneer
These awards recognize outstanding service in wildfire preparedness and safety across a broad spectrum of activities among a variety of individuals and organizations. By honoring these achievements, the award sponsors also seek to increase public recognition and awareness of the value of wildfire mitigation efforts.

The 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards will be presented in March 2016 at the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference in Reno, NV.

Review award criteria and submit a nomination by November 6, 2015 HERE

From NE Cohesive Strategy October 2015 Newsletter

2016 Smokey Bear Awards…

The Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) Committee is pleased to invite nominations of deserving candidates for the 2016 Smokey Bear Awards. Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council, the national Smokey Bear Awards recognize outstanding service in the prevention of human-caused wildfires and increasing public recognition and awareness of the need for continuing wildfire prevention efforts. The Smokey Bear Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire prevention. This award has been bestowed on well-deserving groups and individuals annually since 1957.

Please send nominations to your agency contact listed in the "call for nominations" letters.
Copies of the "call for nominations" letters, contact information for State CFFP coordinators, and a listing of past award recipients are available at HERE

From NE Cohesive Strategy October 2015 Newsletter

Fires at night from space…

The VIIRS scanning radiometer aboard the Suomi-NPP satellite measures fires from space daily. Each animated frame represents 30 days of fires up to the displayed date. Connect HERE

The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee has a New Website

There is a new website for The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee for the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. This resource is dedicated to serving its members with up-to-date information; current and past newsletters; and links to both national and regional Cohesive Strategy plans, reports, and other key resources.

Regional Fire Trainings

The following fire training opportunities have been brought to our attention. If you are offering trainings in this next year please send information to Jack McGowan-Stinski so that we can post in future newsletters for you..

Fire Training in Michigan from Grand Valley State University
Held at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI
January 8-10 and 15-17, 2016
Registration Information available November 2015

Conferences in the Region

9th Annual Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference
January 15-16, 2016, Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Abstracts for Posters are due November 20th
The 76th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference
January 24-27, 2016 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI. 

Burning Issues Symposium: How do we integrate competing fire objectives in land management and restoration?
A Symposium hosted by:  MI National Guard, Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, Lake States Fire Science Consortium, and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
When: February 2-3, 2016
Where: Fort Custer Training Center, Augusta, MI

Thanks to Fort Custer Training Center (FCTC) we are able to keep costs low with a reasonable registration fee (includes lunch, snacks and coffee both days): Early Bird registration $55 by November 30, 2015; Regular registration $65 by December 28, 2015; Late registration $75 by January 22, 2016; and a Reduced Rate registration for students/volunteers/private landowners at $35. 

Registration Link available soon

2016 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society
February 9–11, 2016 at Mankato City Center Hotel in Mankato, MN
The annual meeting will feature a plenary session on fire ecology, multiple special and general sessions encompassing a variety of topics, and a poster session will provide further opportunity to showcase your work. Presentations will highlight proposed research, research results, non-research projects, or thought-provoking ideas about wildlife conservation. Additional information about registration, accommodations, and conference events will be provided soon. Watch for announcements in MN TWS emails or on MN TWS website

Conferences and Workshops in the U.S.

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
Advancing Ecology in Fire Management: Knowledge Transfer through Workshops, Presentations, and Meetings
November 16-20, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas

2016 Wildland-Urban Interface Conference 
March 8-10, 2016 in Reno, NV

International Association of Wildland Fire - 5th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference
April 11-16, 2016 in Portland, OR and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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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