Fire and Fuels Monitoring Workshop

Virtual and Field-based Training

June 1-4, 2021 ~0800-1200 Central



Location - Virtual

Lead Instructor - Brian Stearns, Huron-Manistee National Forests

Overview - This workshop is open to all professional affiliations. Workshop will introduce participants to tools for selecting metrics that match management/restoration objectives; developing site-specific protocols for sampling; developing a monitoring handbook and monitoring protocols/program for your local ecosystems; how to establish long-term monitoring and quantitative/qualitative data for wildfire risk assessment; and evaluating the need for prescribed burns and other fuels treatments. Field measurements will be conducted independently on home units, then data will be analyzed in the virtual classroom setting.

No Registration Fee - attendance is limited so please register with Jack McGowan-Stinski, Lake States Fire Science Consortium, mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu. You will receive a confirmation email with virtual link and pre-workshop reference materials.

- SAF and TWS continuing education credit anticipated -


Working Agenda

Day One – Virtual – June 10800 to 1200 Central

  1. GOAL of Workshop
  2. Orientation to the different habitats / fuels / natural communities in Oak Woodlands and Lake States Regions
  3. Monitoring to meet management objectives
  4. Developing a monitoring handbook for your local ecosystem (quick guide)
  5. Measurement techniques and Forms Overview
  • Building objectives, metrics & protocols, measurement rotation, & developing plots (locations, randomization, density, control, seasonality)
  • Non-veg monitoring
  • Forms - Standard Forms (where to find) & how to custom build forms

Day Two – Virtual – June 2 0800 to 1200 Central

1. Resources  and Apps Discussion

  • Excel Fuels Calculator
  • Photo Series
  • FFI, FFI Lite
  • FCCS
  • Survey 123
  • Burn Severity Mapping
  • Fire Behavior data collection

2. Conducting Monitoring and Measurements – Standard Techniques

  • Fuel loading / Brown’s Transects / Estimating fuel consumption
  • Soils & organics / Estimating duff & litter consumption
  • Fire severity / Burn Severity Indices / Composite Burn Index
  • Mortality / snag creation / Crown scorch / Canopy base height / Bole char / char depth
  • Floristic quality assessments / vegetation mapping / Photo-monitoring / Photo Series

Day Three – Field - June 3

On-Your-Own or Satellite Locations - Time varies

Conducting  Field Monitoring and Measurements - You will pick 1-2 options to fit your local needs


Day Four – Virtual - June 4 0800 to 1200 Central

"Telling the Story“

  • Compiling results
  • Archiving data and forms
  • Updating or Adapting your Monitoring Handbook
  • Evaluating monitoring programs & changing protocols
  • Communicating your monitoring results
  • Close Out / AAR

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