Fire and Fuels Monitoring Workshop

When: May 31 through June 2, 2016

Where: Huron-Manistee National Forests, Huron Shores Ranger Station, 5761 N. Skeel Ave., Oscoda, MI 48750

Instructor: Brian Stearns, Wildland Fire Module Leader, Huron-Manistee National Forests, Huron Shores Ranger Station

Registration and Cost: There is NO FEE for this 3-Day Workshop. Attendees are responsible for their own meals, travel and lodging. Since space is limited we require that you RSVP with Jack McGowan-Stinski,, 989-287-1734, with your name, email, and affiliation; additional information regarding lodging and materials will be emailed to those who RSVP.

For any questions please contact Jack McGowan-Stinski,, 989-287-1734



Day One - May 31st (Classroom Day):

  • Overview and Introduction
  • Safety discussion and goals
  • Resources and tools (LANDFIRE, photo series, FCCS, Firemon, FS VEG, FEIS)
  • Building objectives, protocols (NPS handbook), measurement rotation, and developing plot locations, randomization, plot density, control plots, seasonality
  • Forms (where to find them & how to custom build them)
  • Archiving
  • Equipment (what to bring) and new technology & apps.
  • Needle Density

Day Two - June 1st (Field Day)

  • Carpool to field (Memorable Rx Burn)
  • Conduct Monitoring and Measurements (Conduct data collection)
    • Fuel loading
    • Duff / litter
    • Fire severity
    • Photo series
    • Mortality / snag creation
    • Crown scorch
    • Bole char / char depth
    • Vegetation mapping for LANDFIRE calibration
  • AAR and travel back to office and end day.

Day Three - June 2nd (Field & Classroom)

  • Carpool to field (Grass Lake)
  • Crown bulk density measurements (Return to office)
  • Fire behavior data collection and smoke monitoring
  • Compiling results
  • Evaluating program and changing protocols
  • Close out