Fire Science News for the Lake States Region - January 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
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
Michele Richards MI NG
Mark Sargent, MI DNR
Scott Weyenberg, NPS

January 2015: Volume 6, Issue 1

Lake States February Webinar

Long-term effects of repeated prescribed burning on tree growth and drought vulnerability in Pinus resinosa forests in northern Minnesota

Alessandra Bottero

University of Minnesota
USFS Northern Research Station

February 19, 2015


In fire-dependent ecosystems, prescribed burning often is used to control woody encroachment and to reduce fuels and vulnerability to wildfires. Comparatively, little is known about the effects of prescribed fire, particularly the cumulative effects of repeated prescribed fires, on tree growth and its vulnerability to drought. The main objective of this study was to determine whether repeated prescribed burning impacted tree growth and growth responses of overstory red pine to drought. Based on dendrochronological data, we examined growth responses before and after prescribed fires, and during and after known drought events occurring over the past 40 years in a Pinus resinosa forest in northern Minnesota. Our results suggest that there were negative effects of prescribed fires on tree growth and drought vulnerability during the experiment, but impacts ceased soon after burning discontinued in the experiment. Repeated burning fostered structural and compositional complexity in the long-term, underlying the potential of this management tool to meet restoration targets for this forest type. However, these results highlight the need to understand and evaluate growth responses of trees in stands that are prescribed burned to minimize possible negative impacts on drought vulnerability.

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Great Lakes Live Fuel Moisture Study Presentation at UWSP in March

Assessing the Drivers of the “Spring Dip” in Foliar Moisture Content and their Potential Impact on Forest Fire Behavior

Dr. W. Matthew Jolly
Research Fire Ecologist
Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory

Monday, March 9, 2015 2:00 – 3:50 PM CST 
Room 170 at Trainer Natural Resources Building (TNR)
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
In 2013, a partnership was formed between the Missoula US Forest Service Fire Sciences Laboratory and the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (GLFFC) with the goal of performing detailed analysis of the chemical and physiological factors that combine to make our pine species in the Lake States so extremely volatile in the spring of the year.  This coming March, Dr. W. Matthew Jolly, Research Fire Ecologist at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory and project leader for this expanded live fuel moisture study, will visit Wisconsin to present the latest results of his analysis of data collected in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan over the last two years.

The session will be hosted by the Wildland Fire Science program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the history and future direction of the study, and to get answers to questions directly from Dr. Jolly and local project leaders. Attendance is encouraged for those who have been directly involved in the study, along with supervisors, fire program leaders, students, faculty, and other interested fire management professionals from throughout the Lake States.  After the main presentation, staff who have been directly involved with sampling efforts are invited to Room 361 at the TNR from 4:00 - 5:00 PM CST for a hands-on review of sampling procedures in preparation for the upcoming fire season.


Geospatial Technological Approaches to Wildland Fire Events

A Collection of Geospatial Technological Approaches for Wildland and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Fire Events
This compilation from the Fire Protection Research Foundation offers summaries of the latest geospatial technological approaches. It clarifies the application and utility of over 30 geospatial techniques and data for wildland and WUI fire events.  Intended to improve understanding and enhance decision-making for fire preparedness, mitigation, and rehabilitation in the wildland and WUI, it focuses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. 
From Friday Flash eNews

The 2015 Extreme Fire Behavior Webinar Series

Watch February through early May. All webinars will be recorded for later viewing. 

Critical Fire Weather Patterns – Eastern United States, Canada and Australia 
February 10 - Paul Werth 
Critical Fire Weather Patterns –Western United States 
February 11 - Paul Werth

Fire Columns and Plume Dynamics 
February 26 - Brian Potter

Spot Fires 
March 12 - Brian Potter

Vortices and Wildland Fire 
April 30 - Scott Goodrick and Jason Forthofer 

Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests 
May 7 - Marty Alexander and Miguel Cruz

To Register or See More Information CLICK HERE

Regional Fire Trainings

These fire training opportunities have been brought to our attention. 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.
ICS-300 and ICS-400 at Alpena Community College
March 2-6, 2015 in Oscoda, MI
Contact Chris Peterson, Huron-Manistee National Forests

LSFSC Regional Conferences and Meetings

Midwest Fire Conference
Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
February 17-19, 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa

2015 Minnesota and Wisconsin Chapters of The Wildlife Society Joint Annual Meeting
February 17-19 2015 in Duluth, MN
Watch for announcements through your chapter email or on chapter websites (Minnesota or Wisconsin). 

Conferences in the U.S.

Wildland Urban Interface Conference
March 25-26, 2015 in Reno, Nevada

Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves: Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire
13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire
April 20-24, 2015 in Boise, ID
Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference
May 27-29, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Special Session on Fire in Wetlands at the 2015 Society of Wetland Scientists meeting
May 31-June 4, 2015 in Providence, RI

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

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