Friday, February 16, 2018

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Check-in begins at 8:30 AM)

The Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop returns with an agenda designed to foster connections between presenters and other participants, and networking among all members of the Wisconsin wildland fire community.

Whether you are mainly involved in fire suppression, prescribed fire, or research (or all three) you will find content relevant to your work or education.

Location: The 2017 Wisconsin Winter Workshop will be held on the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point campus, Dreyfus University Center, Laird Room 230A, Stevens Point, WI

Ready to register?

Student registration is $20. Regular registration is $50. All registrations include lunch, a post-workshop mixer, and parking at the UW Stevens Point Dreyfus University Center.

Note: two steps are required to complete registration.

1) Use the Google form to submit your contact information and preferences: . 

2) The Google form confirmation screen will show instructions to complete payment via the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council's website and PayPal. Confirmation emails will be sent within 1-2 businesses days of payment.

Online registration closes Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8:00 PM Central. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations made prior to Thursday, Feb. 8 will receive a full refund. After Feb. 8, registration payments may be transferred but no refunds will be made.


Check-in and Welcome: 8:30-9:55 AM

Check-in at the UWSP Dreyfus University Center (Laird Room 230A) runs from 8:30-9:30. Opening remarks begin at 9:30.

Plenary Presentations and Panel Discussion

Burn Timing – Research, Experience, and Application

• Jack McGowan-Stinski – Matching Burn Timing to Desired Fire Effects

• Craig Maier – Growing Season Burn Survey Summary – 2016 Snapshot of Use in Prairie and Oak Ecosystems in the Upper Midwest

• Nathan Holoubek – From the Records in Red Pine to Current Fuels and Fire Effects Research

• Matt Zine – Biodiversity and Burn Timing

Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Keynote presenter Steve Miller will share his diverse experiences with fire - as a land manager, prescribed burn boss, wildland firefighter, and NWCG course instructor


This rapid presentation session features an array of wildland fire insights and updates from across the region, and seeks to ignite awareness and further discussion outside of the session.

Use one of the 3-minute-long slots to share an innovation or update from your part of the state.  This is your chance to share updates on research, prescribed fire, or wildfire planning/response.

Contact the organizers if you are interested in sharing a short talk (no commitment required!). 

"Seasons of Fire"

Dr. Ron Masters, Professor of Wildland Fire Management at UW-Stevens Point, will share his perspective from a career spanning more than four decades of prescribed fire practice and research. 

Closing Remarks and Networking: 3:45-5 PM

Stay for refreshments and make connections at one of two mixers:

Early Career Professional Mixer

Students and early career professionals can connect with seasoned researchers and practitioners to learn about career paths and opportunities. Each professional will be paired up with a few students as an ice-breaker, and then participants are free to mingle.This mixer is located just down the hall in the Laird breakout rooms.

Open Mixer

Connect with speakers, Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council board members, and other colleagues from around the state. For this mixer, we will remain in Laird Room 230A.

Contacts and Registration:

Register here:

Questions about the agenda or registration form? Contact TPOS coordinator Craig Maier.

Questions about payment? Contact Michele Jasik.

2018 Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop Leadership Team:
Adam Gundlach -  UW-Madison, Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council (WPFC) Chair
Michael Hansen -  UW-Madison, WPFC Outreach and Education
Michele Jasik -  WPFC
Dr. Yari Johnson -  UW-Platteville, WPFC
Craig Maier -  Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium (JFSP)
Eric Mark -  The Nature Conservancy, WPFC
Dr. Ron Masters -  UW Stevens Point, Professor of Wildland Fire Science
Jack McGowan-Stinski -  Lakes States Fire Science Consortium (JFSP)
Jason Stevens -  US Forest Service, Northeast Region
Michele Witecha -  Wisconsin DNR Forestry