Fire in Minnesota Ecosystems Workshop

Fire is a major driver of ecosystem dynamics across much of Minnesota. Fire suppression, while beneficial, has changed these systems in ways that may threaten long term ecosystem health and productivity. While a variety of silvicultural and other treatments attempt to mimic some fire effects, there is interest in better understanding the roles and outcomes of fire in order to improve the function of our fire-dependent plant communities in the fire suppression era. This two-day event will explore how fire has shaped Minnesota's natural systems and how land managers can safely reintroduce fire where appropriate. Sessions and panel discussions will focus on fire effects in pine- and oak-dominated forest and woodland communities and in the aspen parklands system. These discussions 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.

Offered by the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, the Lake States Fire Science Consortium, and the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium; the Oak Woodlands and Forest Fire Science Consortium is also supporting this Workshop.

When: January 30-31, 2019

Location: University of Minnesota - Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720

Registration: Will open soon....

CEUs: Continuing education credits will be available for this event. Information on CEUs will be posted as it becomes available.

Lodging: Three choices are available within 4 to 6 miles of Cloquet Forestry Center Cloquet, MN: Super 8 (a block of rooms at Govt. rate $75.59 is available through January 15, 2019 under MN Fire Workshop); AmericInn; or Black Bear Casino Resort


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 190256 (Please note that that number has a different date and MN location listed, but it is the same approval number for the Fire in Minnesota Ecosystems Workshop). Contact your local Meeting Management representative to confirm details.


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

Keynote Addresses:

Keynote One: Gregory Nowacki, PhD (Regional Ecologist, Acting Soil Program Leader, Forest Service, Eastern Region) will provide the keynote address exploring and providing a general overview of Minnesota’s ecosystems at the Province Level (Boreal, Pine-Hardwoods, Oak-Hickory, Parklands, and Central Plains Prairie), and then wrap up with a focus on the fire-adapted/-dependent oak-hickory ecosystem, the consequences of fire suppression (mesophication), and the need for Rx burning.

Keynote Two: John Almendinger (Ecological Land Classification Program Consultant, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) will follow Greg Nowacki and provide more detail on Minnesota’s fire-dependent ecosystems: fire-dependent pine forests in the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province, fire-dependent oak forests in the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province, prairie and brushland in the Prairie and Aspen Parklands Provinces.

The three topic areas we will cover over the two-day workshop include (also see working time frame farther below):

  • Oak Ecosystems and Fire

Presenters and Panel:

    • Managing oak ecosystems with fire in the Eastern U.S. - Daniel C. Dey, PhD, Research Forester, Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
    • Oak fire (scar) history - Michael C. Stambaugh, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Missouri Tree-Ring Lab, University of Missouri
    • Fire as a mediator of competition among oaks, grasslands and mesic forests - Lee Frelich, PhD, University of Minnesota
    • Prescribed fire effects on oak timber value - Joseph M. Marschall, Sr. Research Specialist, Missouri Tree-Ring Lab, University of Missouri
  • Pine Ecosystems and Fire

Presenters and Panel:

    • Pine fire (scar) history - Michael C. Stambaugh, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Missouri Tree-Ring Lab, University of Missouri
    • Reconstruction of old growth pine and disturbance factors – Brian Palik, PhD, Research Ecologist and Team Leader, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
    • Manipulating soil heating patterns to optimize pine barrens restoration – Brian Sturtevant, PhD, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
    • Managers perspective of reintroduction of fire in pine systems – TBD
  • Parkland Ecosystems and Fire

Presenters and Panel:

    • Aspen Parkland - a most dynamic ecosystem of northwest Minnesota - W. Daniel Svedarsky PhD, Emeritus Research Biologist, NW Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota
    • Prescribed burning (and seasonal effects) to improve management for brushland-dependent species - Rebecca Montgomery, PhD, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
    • Strategies for Success: Fire in the Aspen Parklands - Jonathan Eerkes, Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy

       


      Working Time Frame and Agenda available soon.... 


        

      For any questions please contact Jack McGowan-Stinski, mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu, 989-287-1734 or Eli Sagor, esagor@umn.edu


      Organizers and Planning Team (listed alphabetically):

John Almendinger – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Paul Dubuque – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Matt Graeve – Minnesota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Craig Maier –Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
Jack McGowan-Stinski – Lake States Fire Science Consortium
Brian Palik – Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Mike Reinikainen – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Madison Rodman – Cloquet Forestry Center, University of Minnesota
Eli Sagor – Cloquet Forestry Center, University of Minnesota