Fire Science News for the Lake States Region - September 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
Mark Sargent, MI DNR
Scott Weyenberg, NPS

September 2016:
Volume 7, Issue 9

Lake States October 2016
Fire Science Webinar


Good fences, good neighbors? Coordination across property boundaries among private landowners

Paige Fischer, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

Thursday October 20, 2016
2 PM Eastern/ 1 PM Central

Coordinating land management across property boundaries is important in mixed-ownership forest landscapes because many forest health problems such as wildfire and invasive plants occur on scales larger than individual parcels. Despite the ecological importance of coordinated management, it is rare among private landowners. One possible explanation is that the social risks associated with coordinated management outweigh the benefits given current policies and institutions. We used a qualitative case study approach to investigate coordinated management among private landowners in the US Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes regions. We characterize the social arrangements through which private forest owners pool resources and jointly plan and implement management actions, and we identify factors that contribute to the emergence and success of cooperation by private forest owners. Our findings contribute to theories of cooperation and shed light on the social conditions needed to foster cooperation by private forest owners.

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JFSP Funding Opportunity Notices (FON)
NOW OPEN through November 17, 2016

The primary funding opportunity notice (FA-FON0017-0001) includes the following 6 Task statements:
  1. Landscape fuel treatment strategies and wildfire management
  2. Effects of changing wildfire management strategies
  3. Post-fire recovery
  4. Fire effects on herbaceous and shrub species
  5. Validating mesoscale, atmospheric boundary prediction models and tools
  6. Factors that affect the co-management of wildland fire risk
The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award funding opportunity notice (FA-FON0017-0002) must directly relate to the mission and goals of the JFSP by addressing one of the following topics:
  • Fire behavior
  • Fire effects
  • Fuels treatments effectiveness
  • Post-fire recovery
  • Social issues and fire 
Administrative questions: 
Becky Jenison, Program Analyst, 208-387-5958

Task statement questions: 
John Hall, Program Director, 208-387-5945
Ed Brunson, Deputy Program Director, 208-387-5975           

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists eastern massasauga rattlesnake as threatened species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the eastern massasauga rattlesnake as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also determined that designating critical habitat for the eastern massasauga is not prudent.
Eastern massasaugas are currently found in scattered locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. The species, a candidate for listing since 1999, has been declining over the past few decades due to loss and fragmentation of its wetland habitat. Nearly 40 percent of the historical populations are now extirpated and an additional 15 percent are of uncertain status.  Of those known remaining populations, most are experiencing ongoing threats, meaning additional population losses are anticipated in the future.

Revision to the US National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) Almost Complete

In September of 2014, the NWCG Executive Board approved a revision to the US National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS). Completion of the updated system, NFDRS2016, is expected November 1, 2016. NFDRS2016 will include three significant changes:
  • Replace Fosberg Dead Fuel Moisture Model with the Nelson Dead Fuel Moisture Model.
  • Replace Burgan Live Fuel Moisture Model with the Growing Season Index-based live fuel moistures.
  • Reduce the number of fuel models in the NFDRS from 40 down to 5.
The NFDRS2016 model development work is complete and is now being incorporated into the primary NFDRS processors: Weather Information Management System (WIMS) and Fire Family Plus (FFP). Technical documentation is 95% complete and waiting for case studies that require the use of the new FFP application to complete. For the latest information on the status of the NFDRS2016 implementation go HERE.

Workshops to support the transition to NFDRS2016 are being arranged winter 2016-spring 2017.

NWCG Memorandum No. 14-018 provides additional background information on the reasons for the change. It is available HERE.


National Public Radio interview on wildfire embers main cause of home ignition

While the flames of a wildfire is what catches our attention on television, it's not usually the culprit in home destruction. A recent interview on National Public Radio (NPR) emphasizes that embers most often destroy homes.

Evaluation and Optimization of Fuel Treatment Effectiveness with an Integrated Experimental/Modeling Approach

JFSP Project Number 12-1-03-11
The effectiveness of a hazardous fuel reduction treatment must take into account both the physical change on fuel loading and structure and the effect that this change may have on wildland fire behavior.

  1. Quantify the effect of fuel reduction treatments on three-dimensional canopy fuels and forest floor loading over a variety of treatment regimes at the landscape-scale via the integration of remote sensing and field measurements.
  2. Implement and evaluate WFDS using coupled laboratory and in-situ observations of the fire environment.
  3. Simulate and evaluate fuel reduction effectiveness by integrating measured distributions of fuel loading found at the landscape scale into WFDS to determine the optimal degrees and configuration of treatments.Ultimately, we will compare the advantages and limitations of this approach with the more commonly used semi-empirical models (Finney 1998).

Request for Comments EXTENDED: NWCG Prescribed Fire Complexity Rating System Guide

The NWCG Fuels Management Committee is seeking comments on proposed revisions to the draft NWCG Prescribed Fire Complexity Rating System Guide (PMS 424). The guide is a "decision support tool that illuminates the risk to values associated with the prescribed fire implementation." They encourage prescribed fire plan preparers, prescribed fire practitioners, agency administrators, fire management officers, and other pertinent personnel to respond to this request. Please submit your comments by November 14, 2016.
For more information or comment sheet go HERE

Fire Trainings

If you are offering fire courses in the next year please send information to Jack McGowan-Stinski so we can post in future newsletters for you.
October 20-30, 2016 at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

Conferences and Workshops in the Region

2016 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference
October 17-19, 2016 in LaCrosse, WI

SAF 2016 National Convention
November 2-6, 2016 in Madison, WI

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

Conferences and Workshops in the U.S. and Canada

2016 SAF‐ITC Conference (Society of American Foresters and the Intertribal Timber Council)
October 5-7, 2016 at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights, Washington. 

The Wildlife Society’s 2016 Annual Conference
October 15-19 in Raleigh, NC

Wildland Fire Canada 2016: Building Resilience
October 24 to 28, 2016 in Kelowna, British Columbia.
The Wildland Fire Canada conference is a biennial conference series that brings together forest fire management practitioners, researchers and industry to highlight and discuss emerging trends in forest fire management. submissions! Abstracts for oral or poster presentations will be accepted until June 30th. 

Second International Smoke Symposium
November 14-17. 2016 in Long Beach, CA

3rd Southwest Fire Ecology Conference - Beyond Hazardous Fuels: Managing Fire for Social, Economic, and Ecological Benefits.and held concurrently with the held concurrently with the 1st Applied Fire Science Workshop
November 28-December 2, 2016.  Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona. USA. Organized by AFE and Southwest Fire Science Consortium.  

As part of the Southwest conference this year, we plan to host roundtable discussions designed to identify communication issues that occur during wildfires, to understand and appreciate varied perspectives, and to brainstorm scenarios where good communication enables managers to meet resource objectives more readily.  Socioeconomic implications of fire will also be a large part of the conference.  We will have Workshops & Trainings, Attached Meetings, Rx 310 Class, and several field trip options.  Plan to join us in Tucson for this important event! 
October 1, 2016 Proposals due for Attached Meetings

Wildfire in the Northeast Workshop 
An Instructional, Practical and Pragmatic Approach to Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation
December 6-8, 2016 Mystic, CT

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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