Lake States Administrators

Consortium Staff

Robert Ziel
Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Toman
Assistant Professor

Advisory Committee

The PING Project
Smartphone App

Precipitation ID
Near the Ground

Android              iPhone

Use this app to help NOAA characterize local precipitation events quickly and easily.

Firefighters, more frequently than ever, are carrying smartphones to the fireline.  Tools like PING suggest one part of future communications, where real-time feedback could be about fuels and fire behavior as well as these weather events.
February 2013 Newsletter: Vol.4: No.2

Webinar This Thursday

February 21st at 2:00 ET/ 1:00 CT

Fire severity and ecosystem impacts following the Pagami Creek Fire: A rapid response

by Dr. Brian Sturtevant, Landscape Ecologist
USFS Northern Research Station

Click here to join the meeting.
Click here for additional background information

Test your computer before the webinar here

Suggested Reading
Jain, T. B., D.S. Pilliod, R.T. Graham, L.B. Lentile, and J.E. Sandquist. 2012. Index for characterizing  post-fire soil environments in temperate coniferous forests. Forests 2012, 3(3), 445-466

Our March Webinar

Lake States Fire Science Consortium 
knowledge gaps assessment

by Dr Jessica Miesel, Forest Ecology
Michigan State University

Selecting Your Burn Day

Incorporating Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS)
Fire Weather Index (FWI) Indices

This poster, presented at the Stewardship Network Conference in January, highlights the utility of CFFDRS Fire Weather Index (FWI) codes and indices in describing and evaluating burn prescription windows. Further, it emphasizes the linkage between objectives, requirements, prescription, and the outcomes resulting from the decision to burn. Download it here in 44" x 36" format.

Other Webinars

Prescribed Fire Effects on Nonnative Invasive Plants in Ozark Terrestrial Communities

Today, February 19th, 2 PM ET / 1 PM CT
(Many of the same species faced in the lake states)

Forest Guild Webinar Series

Influence of legacy-tree retention on group-selection opening persistence 

(recently recorded)

Winter arrives in Late January for the Lake States

This image, forwarded by a collaborator, shows the lake effect bands across  the lakes on Jan 22nd.

February 17th Current Snowdepth

Visit the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center to view maps like this about rain and snow conditions across the United States.

JFSP Regional Consortia 2012 Evaluation

An assessment of  the processes and outcomes of fire science consortia programming at the across the US; including user surveys, interviews, and webmetrics.
From the national user survey, we are identified as 72% managers and administrators, 17% researchers, and 11% from the general public.  Of the managers and administrators, only 1 of 12 identified themselves as line officers or firefighters.  And less than half have visited their consortia website. So talk us up with co-workers.

We are approaching 3 years of existence, and are preparing new goals for the next two years.  Please contact Charles Goebel or Robert Ziel with your thoughts.

Apply for Scholarship by March 1

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) awards two graduate-level scholarships typically valued at $2,500USD to Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Ph.D. students studying wildland fire or wildland fire-related topics. More information here.

Interagency Fuel Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS)

click image for video
The system is designed to support landscape hazard analysis and risk assessment as well as fuel treatment and prescribed burn planning.

With development completed, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Fuels Management Committee, the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development & Applications (WFMRDA), and the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) regional consortia are facilitating a national evaluation effort.  Contact Robert Ziel for more information

Upcoming Conferences

4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

February 18-22; Raleigh, NC
Opportunity to share information about wildland fire behavior and fuels, including physical, biological, economic and social sciences. Download flyer.

North American Forest Ecology Workshop

June 16-20; Bloomington, IN
Consortium Session: Restoring Forest Ecosystems Using Fire and Fire Surrogate Approaches

Wildlife Society 20th Annual Conference

Oct 5-9; Milwaukee, WI
Midwest Fire Science Consortia are sponsoring topics related to fire effects on reptiles and amphibians.

5th World Conference Ecological Restoration

October 6-11, Madison, WI
Midwest Consortia sponsoring a symposium on Fire as a tool in restoration ecology

25th Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference

Oct 27-31; Hyannis, MA
Restoring Fire Regimes in Northern Temperate Ecosystems
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