Newsletter from the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium

In This Issue

  • Fire & Oriental Bittersweet Webinar 10/18
  • JFSP Funding Announced
  • Proceedings of the 4th Fire in E. Oak Forests Now Available
  • LSFSC Intern Announcement
  • 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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Joint Fire Science Program
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Webinar Thursday October 18

Fire Effects on the Highly Invasive

Oriental Bittersweet

Bittersweet Photo

Dr. Noel Pavlovic

USGS Biological Resources Division

and Dr. Stacey Leicht-Young

University of Rhode Island

2:00 PM Eastern / 1:00 PM Central

Click here to join the meeting.

This link will be active at 1:45 PM Eastern / 12:45 PM Central on October 18th. Select “Enter as a Guest” and provide your name where prompted to participate.

Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is a highly invasive liana (woody vine) that occurs throughout the Eastern United States. This twining plant can blanket and girdle adjacent vegetation, affecting succession and damaging trees. In areas where prescribed fire is a management tool, the response of Oriental bittersweet to fire needs to be quantified, rather than relying on anecdotal evidence. Currently, in areas already infested with this species, there are no strategies for prioritizing the efficacy of pre- or post- fire treatments on Oriental bittersweet.

For more information, or to access the recording later,


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2013 Funding Opportunity

Application Period Open Through November 16

View the topics and complete description here


Proceedings of the 4th Fire in

Eastern Oak Forests Conference

Now Available Online:

14 full-length papers and 40 abstracts of posters that were presented at the 4th Fire in Eastern Oak Forests conference, held in Springfield, MO, May 17-19, 2011.


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Intern Program - Request for Proposals

Deadline October 31

LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region.

For more information:

Upcoming Events

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

Oct 17 Field Tour: Cut River Garlic Mustard - Fire Use & Invasives Control, Mackinac Cty MI

Oct 18 Webinar: Fire Effects on the Highly Invasive Oriental Bittersweet

Oct 26 Symposium: Research-based Answers to Burning Questions about the Ecology of Prescribed Fires: When, Where, Why? Glencoe IL

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

Jan 17 Michigan Rx Fire Council Annual Meeting, East Lansing MI

Jan 18-19 The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference, East Lansing MI

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

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