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6th Annual Burning Issues Workshop


20th Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting


February 4 & 5, 2020

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Please Scroll Down to the Two-Day Agenda

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Links to Reference Materials for Remote Sensing

can be found below the Two-Day Agenda

Focus on Change - Your 20/20 Fire Vision




Agenda for the Two Days

DAY ONE - Tuesday February 4, 2020

0800 – 0850 (50 minutes)

Arrival and check-in


0850 – 0900 (10 minutes)

Welcome and housekeeping

Jack McGowan-Stinski, Lake States Fire Science Consortium


Annual Update and Passing of the Torch to New Chair

Dave Borneman to Glenn Palmgren, Michigan Prescribed Fire Council

0900 – 0910 (10 minutes)

Growing Season Fire: Some thoughts on the paradigm shift

Jack McGowan-Stinski, Lake States Fire Science Consortium

0910 – 1010 (60 minutes)

KEYNOTE: Hindsight is 20-20: Lessons learned from twenty-eight years of restoring fire to an urban pine barrens preserve

Neil Gifford, Conservation Director, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and Community Representative, North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange

1010 – 1040 (30 minutes)


1040 – 1210 (90 minutes)

Climate and Social Decision-making for Wildland Fire Management


It’s just a matter of time: Considering weather and climate in burning issues

Todd Ontl & Chris Swanston, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science


Sustaining fire-adapted forest ecosystems through collective management: Social barriers and facilitators to cross-boundary coordination

Paige Fischer, University of Michigan


Does Diversity Matter? Social-ecological models of land managers and mesophication

Christopher L. Hoving, Adaptation Specialist, Michigan DNR and Boone and Crockett Fellow, Michigan State University

1210 – 1310 (60 minutes)



1310 – 1340 (30 minutes)

PANEL for Climate and Social Decision-making

Swanston, Fischer, Hoving

1340 – 1440 (60 minutes)

Non-Agency Burn Capacity PART ONE


Organized Chaos: Coordinating Large Scale Burning at the Forest Preserves District of Cook County

John McCabe, Director of Resource Management, Forest Preserves of Cook County


Costs, Benefits and Opportunities: Starting a burn program from scratch

Steven Woods, Conservation Stewardship Director, Huron Pines

1440 – 1510 (30 minutes)


1510 – 1610 (60 minutes)

Non-Agency Burn Capacity PART TWO


Building Prescribed Fire Capacity at the Land Conservancy of West Michigan: Successes and Challenges

Justin Heslinga, Land Conservancy of West Michigan


Building a University Wildland Fire Program

Todd Aschenbach, Grand Valley State University

1610 – 1650 (40 minutes)

PANEL for Non-Agency Burn Capacity

McCabe, Woods, Heslinga, Aschenbach

1650 – 1700 (10 minutes)

Day One Wrap Up


1700 – 1900 (120 minutes)

Michigan Prescribed Fire Council HAPPY HOUR


DAY TWO - Wednesday February 5, 2020

0800 – 0810

(10 minutes)

Welcome Back


0810 – 0820

(10 minutes)

An Overview of the Indiana Prescribed Fire Council

Jarred Brooke, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Purdue University

0820 – 1000

(100 minutes)

Fire on the Landscape PART ONE


LANDFIRE Remap in the North Central GeoArea

Robert (Zeke) Ziel, Fire Analyst, Alaska Fire Science Consortium


Exploring How to Use the New Interagency Fuel Treatment Decision Support System

Brianna Schueller, Fire Technology Transfer Specialist, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Wildland Fire Management RD&A


Remote Sensing of Wildland Fire

Robert (Zeke) Ziel, Fire Analyst, Alaska Fire Science Consortium

1000 – 1030

(30 minutes)


1030 – 1130

(60 minutes)

Fire on the Landscape PART TWO


Changing seasons and changing perceptions: Making a case for growing-season prescribed fire in Indiana.

Jarred Brooke, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Purdue University


Expanding Burn Windows

Brian Stearns and Matt Malesic, USDA Forest Service

1130 – 1210

(40 minutes)

PANEL for Fire on the Landscape

Ziel, Schueller, Brooke, Stearns and Malesic

1210 – 1310

(60 minutes)



1310 – 1330

(20 minutes)

Breakout Guidelines and getting situated into breakout rooms

1330 – 1530

(120 minutes)

Concurrent Breakouts


  • Growing Season Burns and Fire Seasonality


  • Increasing Prescribed Fire Capacity



(20 minutes)

Short Break and Move Back To Auditorium

1550 – 1620

(30 minutes)

Breakout Summaries to whole audience

1620 – 1630

(10 minutes)

Workshop Wrap-Up and Adjourn



Reference Materials for Remote Sensing:













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


Organizers and Planning Team:

Michele Richards – Michigan Army National Guard

Craig Maier –Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium

Jack McGowan-Stinski – Lake States Fire Science Consortium

Ryan Koziatek – Kalamazoo Nature Center

Paul Charland – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dave Borneman – Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Manager City of Ann Arbor

Dan Zay – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Paul Mayer - Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Coordinator

Glenn Palmgren – Michigan Department of Natural Resources


Offered by the Michigan Army National Guard - Fort Custer National Training Center, Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, the Lake States Fire Science Consortium, and the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. The North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange is also supporting this Workshop.