Fire Science News for the Lake States Region - May 2014

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
Robyn Wilson, 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
Matt Bumgardner, Co-PI

Advisory Committee

Jim Barnier, WDNR
Marty Casselius, BIA
Paul Charland, USFWS
Theresa Gallagher, USFS
Dave Heaman, OMNR
Andy Henriksen, NRCS
Doug MIedtke, MN DNR
Russ Reisz, TNC
Michele Richards MI NG
Mark Sargent, MI DNR
Scott Weyenberg, NPS

May 2014: Volume 5, Issue 5

Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Team Meeting and the Duck Lake Wildfire Field Trip


The summer meeting of the Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Team will be on July 30, 2014 at Whitefish Twp. Hall, Paradise, MI. 
On July 31, 2014, MI DNR, USFS, USFWS, and LSFSC will be hosting a Field Trip to the 2012 Duck Lake Wildfire.
For questions regarding the Kirtland’s Warbler meeting please contact Carol I. Bocetti
Please contact Jack McGowan-Stinski for information regarding the Field Trip

Grants available for Forest and Wildland Fire Suppression in Wisconsin

Local fire departments and county or area fire organizations have until July 1, 2014 to apply for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forest Fire Protection Grants.  Grant funding is intended to expand the use of local fire departments and other fire suppression organizations to augment and strengthen the department’s overall initial-attack suppression capabilities on forest and wildland fires.

The grant program provides funds for the purchase of forest fire suppression equipment and training, including: personal protective equipment (clothing must meet NFPA 1977 standards); forest fire training; forest fire prevention; forest fire tools and equipment; communication equipment; dry hydrant installation; rural fire mapping and numbering; and off-road, all-wheel drive, and  initial-attack vehicles.  

Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy - Northeast Region

The release of the National Strategy brings to a close the three-phased, collaborative approach to developing a National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy to evaluate and address the nation's wildland fire management issues, now and into the future.

Read the May Newsletter of the Northeast Region HERE.

The Fuel Treatment Science Plan (FTSP) Project 

The FTSP project continues on its planned trajectory with completion targeted for June 30, 2014.  To date, a number of tasks have been completed or are ongoing, which include, but are not limited to:
  • Literature search of past research
  • Personal interviews with fire management professionals, policy specialists, and stakeholders
  • Web- based questionnaires to gather information
  • Conference attendance to gather information and conduct personal interviews
  • Data analysis
  • Draft report preparation
The questionnaires resulted in responses from 1318 individuals.  Analysis of results has produced a significant amount of information.  Responses to questions from both surveys have been analyzed and developed into spreadsheets.  Data filtering by various attributes has yielded approximately 1800 spreadsheets and further analysis continues.
To more completely analyze inputs, and to work through the broad subject of fuel treatment, a strategic approach was adopted to delineate fuel treatment into four program elements with seven considerations/issue areas identified as primary influences on each of the program elements.  This has produced 28 separate areas of considerations.  Information assembled from interviews, survey responses, and the review of literature is being allotted to appropriate areas of consideration. 
 A draft FTSP will be prepared in the near future.  The information built into the 28 areas of consideration will be used as the primary source of input information to the FTSP and will serve as guidance in designing future research on all aspects of fuel treatment.
Once the FTSP is completed and approved, LSFSC will provide the report in a newsletter and on the LSFSC website.

GRIN Awards from JFSP - Encouraging Young Fire Scientists to Ask Bold Questions

In partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology, JFSP offers annual Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) awards to a handful of top-quality graduate students conducting research in fire science. 

GRIN awards are intended to nurture the next generation of fire and fuels scientists and managers, enhance their professional development, help them become engaged with their community of peers, and equip them to tackle the fire and fuels management challenges of today and tomorrow. 

To earn a GRIN award, master’s and doctoral students are invited to submit succinct four-page proposals for original research in fire ecology, management, science, or human dimensions of wildfire, including climate. The award is intended to augment already-funded thesis or dissertation research.  

The GRIN program has received kudos from across the fire science community. GRIN funding helps recipients dig deeper into their thesis or dissertation research. GRIN funding also: 
  • Provides a leg up into the professional community and experience in developing proposals for competitive grants 
  • Helps them become more competent scientists 
  • Allows them to contribute valuable work at a young age 
  • Plugs them into ongoing research and management networks
  • Increases professional exposure, paving the way to presentation, publishing, and funding opportunities 
  • Makes young scientists and future managers more competitive in the job market
Click HERE to read the JFSP Science Digest article

Regional Fire Science Consortia and LANDFIRE Webinars


LANDFIRE is partnering with Regional Fire Exchange Consortia on three-part webinar series that are aimed at improving user understanding about LANDFIRE Program products and applications. These webinars feature LANDFIRE team members and external partners who offer an introduction to LANDFIRE, a look at a report or case study of how LANDFIRE products were and are being used on the ground, and a session on customizing data for specific landscapes. Each includes information that is based in the geographic area of the particular consortium. Webinars are scheduled for noon Eastern.
Save-the Dates for the Lake States and Tallgrass Prairie/Oak Savanna FSC 2014 Series

September 17: LANDFIRE 101 with Randy Swaty
October 8: Assessing Needs with Tracy Hmielowski, Wisconsin Fire Needs Assessment
October 29: Customizing Data with Don Helmbrecht

Registration information will be available Summer 2014

Save-the-Date for a Lake States and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Symposium

When: January 13 and 14, 2015
Where: Fort Custer Training Center, Augusta, MI

Burning Issues: How Do We Integrate Competing Objectives in Land Management and Restoration?
LSFSC and TPOS are planning a "Burning Issues" Symposium January 13-14, 2015. This symposium will provide an opportunity for land managers, researchers and fire practitioners to discuss issues, from different areas of expertise, in a venue to help us find solutions for competing land management objectives that complicate our work.

The first day (January 13, 2015) will include six sessions (Invasive Species and Fire, Herps and Fire, Insects/Birds and Fire, Oak Restoration, Climate Change and Fire Management, and Fire Operations: Constraints to Implementation); each topic will have a primary speaker, and end with a moderated panel discussion with active audience interaction.

Day Two (January 14, 2015) will be a half day of facilitated and directed breakout groups addressing the six topics from Day One.
Watch for more information on both the LSFSC and TPOS websites, and in future newsletters.  For specific questions contact Jack McGowan-Stinski or Craig Maier.

Upcoming Regional Fire Trainings 

The following fire training opportunities have been brought to our attention. If you are offering trainings in the next year please send information to Jack McGowan-Stinski so that we can post in future newsletters for you.
Michigan Prescribed Fire Council is conducting the S-130/190 field days.
NWCG S-130 Field Days June 21-22, 2014 at the Edward Lowe Foundation

Click HERE to register for the field days

The Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, along with the Lake States Fire Science Consortium, will be conducting the S-130 and S-190 course for Grand Valley State University
NWCG S-130/190/L-180 August 15-19, 2014 at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

For more information contact Jack McGowan-Stinski, or call 989-287-1734
Wildland Fire Courses at Fox Valley Technical College – Fall 2014

NWCG S-390 Advanced Fire Behavior
June 4-7, 2014
NWCG S-130/190/L-180
September 2 – 9, 2014
September 29 – October 3, 2014

S-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior
October 15-18, 2014
S-212 Wildland Powersaws
December 9 -12, 2014
Please contact Rick Buser for more information, or call 920-205-5902

LSFSC Regional Conferences and Meetings

2014 Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting
September 11-12, 2014 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, MI
Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference
(TPOS and LSFSC is hosting a special fire and invasives session as part of this Conference)
October 20-22, 2014 in Duluth, MN

Stewardship Network 2015 Conference
2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference
January 23 & 24, 2015 at the Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI

Conferences in Canada

Second Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species (TIPS II) Meeting
August 6-8, 2014 at the University of Toronto- Mississauga, Ontario

Wildland Fire Canada: Integration and Accountability
October 7-9, 2014 at Halifax, Novia Scotia
Provides a forum for fire researchers and practitioners to exchange best practices and new ideas. Through the exchange of wildfire knowledge and information, the conference allows attendees to develop a deeper understanding about wildland fires from a variety of perspectives. Building on two successful conferences in 2010 and 2012, the Wildland Fire Canada conference series facilitates partnerships from a multitude of natural resource management and research disciplines.

Conferences in the U.S.

The Society for Ecological Restoration is partnering with the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration to bring you the Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration
July 28-August 1, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana
99th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
August 10-15, 2014 in Sacramento, California
41st Annual Natural Areas Conference - Deeply Rooted in Restoration
October 15–17, 2014 in Dayton, Ohio
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