Newsletter from the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium

In This Issue

  • TPOS amongst new Fire Science Consortia
  • Regional Fire Conference Date Announced
  • Field Tour to Quincy Bluffs (WI) in Sep
  • Survey Reveals Top Fire Issues
  • Upcoming Events

Management Team

Principal Investigator

Paul Zedler
University of Wisconsin

Co-Principal Investigators

Paul Charland
US Fish & Wildlife Service

John Harrington
University of Wisconsin

Sarah McCaffrey
US Forest Service

Christine Ribic
USGS and University of Wisconsin

Hannah Spaul
The Nature Conservancy

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Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna
Fire Science Consortium Launched


The Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium (TPOS) is a new regional organization that will improve fire science delivery and knowledge exchange in the midwestern United States.  Created with funding from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), TPOS will consolidate information and create a network through which the regional fire community can share knowledge and ideas.

TPOS is among six additional regional consortia recently added by JFSP.  The goal of the regional fire science consortia is to accelerate the awareness, understanding, and adoption of fire science information within ecologically similar regions.

3 new regional consortia have been added in the central U.S.

Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna:

Oak Woodlands and Forests:

Great Plains:

Map of JFSP Regional Consortia


Regional Fire Conference Announced

January 28-31 2013, Dubuque Iowa


TPOS announces the first regional fire conference in the tallgrass and savanna region of the midwest.  This event will be the place for all fire researchers, fire practitioners, and land managers in the Midwest to be.  Save the date, and plan on joining us in Dubuque!

For more information:

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Prescribed Fire Field Trip

Quincy Bluffs State Natural Area, Adams Friendship WI
Friday Sep 28 2012; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Please join us for a free field trip to view and discuss the effects from previous prescribed burns at Quincy Bluff State Natural Area.

This 5,348 acre property is a joint project between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy, with nearly 20 years of fire management history.

Fire practitioners from around the region will join us for a day in the field exchanging ideas and learning about topics including:

•  Restoration of oak and jack pine barrens, including prescribed fire and timber harvest
•  Fire effects due to growing season and dormant season burns
•  Fire intensity, ignition patterns, and impacts on tree mortality
•  Impacts on invasive species including Pennsylvania sedge

For more information:

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Aerial Photo of Rx Burn at Quincy Bluff by WI DNR
Photo Credit: WI DNR

Survey Results Reveal Top Regional Fire Issues

TPOS performed a survey of fire practioners and researchers to identify issues and information gaps in our region. The results show differing priorities between the two groups, as well as areas of agreement on topics where information is lacking. We will use these findings to prioritize the subjects our Consortium addresses. See the results at


Upcoming Events

Sep 10 Webinar: Prescribed Fires Pave the Way for Improved Oak Regeneration in Canopy Gaps

Sep 12 Managing Ohio Woodlands: The Challenge of Ailanthus Workshop and Field Tour, Londonderry OH 

Sep 13-14 Tallgrass Prairie Restoration in the 21st Century, Morton Arboretum, Lisle IL

Sep 28 Prescribed Fire Field Trip to Quincy Bluff State Natural Area, Adams Friendship WI

Oct 16-17 Prescribed Fire and Timber Quality Workshop, Poplar Bluff MO

Oct 29-31 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference, La Crosse WI

Jan 29-31 Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Regional Fire Conference, Dubuque IA


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