Newsletter from the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium

In This Issue

  • Regional Action Plan Released
  • Recent Articles
  • Recorded Workshop Presentations
  • Escaped Prescribed Fire Reviews
  • Stewardship Network Call for Abstracts
  • Upcoming Events

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Paul Zedler
University of Wisconsin

Co-Principal Investigators

Paul Charland
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

John Harrington
University of Wisconsin

Greg Hoch
Minnesota DNR

Sarah McCaffrey
U.S. Forest Service

Hannah Spaul
The Nature Conservancy

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Northeast U.S. Regional Action Plan Released

The Wildland Fire Executive Committee today announced the release of Regional Action Plans for wildland fire management in the Northeast, Southeast and West. Regional Action Plans focus on the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy:

1) Restoring and Maintaining Resilient Landscapes
2) Creating Fire Adapted Communities
3) Responding to Wildfire

The Northeast Regional Action Plan is available online.

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Recent Articles

Repeated burning of eastern tallgrass prairie increases richness and diversity, stabilizing late successional vegetation

Marlin L. Bowles and Michael D. Jones

Ecological Applications 23:464–478.

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Tuning Into Fire Frequency

In this posting to The Prairie Ecologist Blog, Chris Helzer discusses how frequently prairies should be burned, including implications from this new article by Marlin Bowles and Michael Jones.

Four recorded presentations have been added to our Vimeo Channel from an Oak Opening Workshop, held March 9 in the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Eagle, WI.  Presentations covered:

  • Post-settlement landscape changes in the Southern Kettle Moraine
  • Controlling invasive species with prescribed fire
  • New invasives heading to Southern Wisconsin
  • Case studies of oak savanna restoration.

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2012 Escaped Prescribed Fire Review Summary

Analysis from 7 escaped prescribed fires reviewed by the Lessons Learned Center

Learning From Escaped Prescribed Fire Reviews

Researchers from the Rocky Mountain Research Station, with support from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), began a project in 2011 to learn about the effectiveness of escaped prescribed fire reviews. Researchers conducted a series of five dialogue sessions with fire managers from across the US.

These sessions helped build a better, collective understanding of how individuals and organizations learn from reviews of escaped prescribed fires and how to improve the process. Results from this research are presented here in a series of videos.

SN Conf 2014 

Call for Abstracts


The Stewardship Network is encouraging fire related presentations and workshops to be submitted for their 2014 conference.  The deadline is Friday, May 31.

Upcoming Events

North American Forest Ecology Workshop
June 16 – 20 @ Bloomington, IN

Grassland Restoration Network Workshop
July 16 - 18 @ Columbia, MO

America's Grasslands Conference
August 12 - 14 @ Manhattan, KS

Patch Burn Grazing Working Group Annual Meeting
September 25 - 26 in Gary, SD

40th Annual Natural Areas Conference
October 1 - 4 @ Chicago, IL

The Wildlife Society Annual Conference
October 5 - 10 @ Milwaukee, WI

5th World Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration
October 6 - 11 @ Madison, WI

2014 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
January 26 - 29 @ Kansas City, MO

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