Fifth Annual Burning Issues Workshop and Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting



"Decision-making for Fire-dependent Systems"

This annual wildland fire workshop is designed to enable land managers, researchers, resource specialists, biologists, ecologists and fire practitioners an opportunity to hear and learn from different areas of expertise in a format designed to identify gaps in knowledge and communication, and work toward solutions to issues that complicate our collective wildland fire work.

When: February 5 & 6, 2019

Location: Fort Custer National Training Center (FCTC), 1109 Denso Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49037 (42.329729, -85.287916)

Registration: Thanks to Fort Custer Training Center (FCTC) we are able to keep costs low with a reasonable registration fee (includes lunch, snacks and coffee both days): Regular registration is $65 and a Reduced Rate registration for students/volunteers/private landowners is $35. When registration is opened please contact Jack McGowan-Stinski to get the reduced rate Promo code; reduced rate is limited quantity.

Registration Link: not yet available

Lodging: Available at FCTC at a maximum rate of $50/night. Other lodging options are located in Kalamazoo, MI. Note: Rooms at FCTC are semi-private; a single twin bed with a shared bathroom (toilet and shower) with one adjacent room. Rooms are not yet ready to reserve.


SPECIAL NOTE: For USDA Forest Service Employees, this Workshop has already been approved for FY19 Meeting Management (i.e. Attendees Estimated Cost Detail), FS Conference Plan Number 190136, “Burning Issues Workshop”). Contact your local Meeting Management representative to confirm details.


General Agenda:
Over the two days we will explore topic areas that are relevant across the State of Michigan and the Upper Midwest, and have interactive opportunities like panel discussions. These discussions and sessions are planned with and for the diverse community interacting around fire-related issues, and seek to build the understanding and communication to support further work toward collaborative solutions.

Please Note - Detailed Agenda and Speakers are under development by the Planning Team and will be completed shortly…

Keynote Address: under development

Topic areas anticipated over the 2-day workshop:

1. Decision-making for Fire-dependent Systems

Presenters and Panel under development

2. Cultural and Social Decision-making for Wildland Fire Management

Presenters and Panel under development

3. Twenty Years of the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council – Strategic Focus for the Future…

interactive session under development


Working Time Frame and Agenda under development


For any questions please contact Jack McGowan-Stinski, mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu, 989-287-1734, or or Craig Maier, cmaier.tpos.firescience@gmail.com


Organizers and Planning Team:

Michele Richards – Michigan National Guard and MI RX Fire Council
Craig Maier –Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
Jack McGowan-Stinski – Lake States Fire Science Consortium and MI RX Fire Council
Ryan Koziatek – Kalamazoo Nature Center and MI RX Fire Council
Lee Osterland – Michigan DNR and MI RX Fire Council
Paul Charland – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Dave Borneman – Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Manager City of Ann Arbor and MI RX Fire Council
Dan Zay – Natural Resources Conservation Service and MI RX Fire Council

The 2019 Burning Issues Workshop is hosted and sponsored by: Michigan National Guard, Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, the Lake States Fire Science Consortium, and the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium.