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The mission of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium is to accelerate the awareness, understanding, and adoption of wildland fire science information by federal, tribal, state, local, and private stakeholders across the Lake States from Minnesota to New York, and the adjacent Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.

Our vision is to provide the "best available" information on fire and fuels for a variety of audiences. The Consortium aims to link managers, scientists, policymakers, and disciplines by providing information and tools to support management of fire-dependent ecosystems in the Lake States region. We subscribe to the set of core values outlined by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Governing Board when establishing the regional fire science networks or consortia. These include:

1) Being inclusive, striving to make sure that all relevant partners have the opportunity to be involved.
2) Serving as neutral science partners, not as an advocate for a certain type of management.
3) Ensuring activities are end-user driven, both in how they are structured and how they function.
4) Operating collaboratively, working to foster joint management and science communication.
5) Striving to be innovative, pursuing new and creative ways to disseminate knowledge.
6) Working to facilitate the flow of fire science information, the dialogue of new science findings, and the needs of resource managers and policymakers.

The Administrative Committee is composed of the project PI's and is responsible for Consortium planning, implementation, effectiveness monitoring and reporting, and communication and coordination with target groups.

The Advisory Board, which consists of senior personnel from resource management agencies, organizations, and universities represents practitioner needs and the interests of Consortium members. The Advisory Committee will assist the Consortium with information dissemination within their own organizations and advise the Administrative Committee on Consortium direction and activities.

Administrative Committee

Eric Toman, Lead PI. Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. Phone: Email:

Matt Davies, Co-PI. School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, 412B Kottman Hall 2021, Coffey Road, Columbus, OH, 43210 Phone: 614-292- 3567. Email:

Dan Kashian, Co-PI. Department of Biological Science, Wayne State University, 1360 Bio Science Bldg 
DetroitMI 48202. Phone: 313-577-9093. Email:

Randy Kolka, Co-PI. Northern Research Station, US Forest Service, 1831 Hwy 169 East, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. Phone: 218-326-7115. Email:

Jessica Miesel, Co-PI. Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University, 1066 Bogue Street Rm. A286, East Lansing, MI 48824-1222. Phone: 517-353-0485. Email:

Brian Sturtevant, Co-PI. Northern Research Station, US Forest Service, 5985 Highway K Rhinelander, WI. Phone: (715) 362-1105. email:

Advisory Board

James Barnier, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry - Forest Protection, 1242 River Road - FR/4, Wisconsin Dells WI 53965. Phone: 608-253-6714. Email:

Marty Cassellius, Bureau of Indian Affairs, BHW Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Rm. 550, Ft. Snelling, MN 55111. Phone: 612-725-4523. Email:

Paul Charland, US Fish and Wildlife Service, East Lansing Field Office, 2651 Coolidge Rd, Suite 101, East Lansing, MI 48823. Phone: 517-351-8469. Email:

Steve Goldman, Fuels Program, USDA-Forest Service Eastern Regional Office, 626 East Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Phone: 414-297-1812. Email:

Matt Graeve, Land Steward/Fire Manager, The Nature Conservancy Central Minnesota Office 7163 Bear Rd Cushing, MN 56443. Phone: (218) 575-3032 Ext. 111. Email:

Glenn Palmgren, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation Division, PO Box 30257, Lansing, MI 48909. Phone: 517-284-6121. Email:

Michele Richards, Ft. Custer Training Center - Environmental, 2501 26th St, Bldg. 2510, Augusta, MI 49012. Phone: 517-243-0788. Email:

Aaron Stacey, Fire Science and Planning Specialist (Peterborough), Aviation, Forest Fire & Emergency Services, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 300 Water St., Peterborough, ON K9J 8M5. Phone: 705-755-3226. Email:

Scott Weyenberg, Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, 401 Hamilton St., St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Phone: 715-483-2285. Email:

Trent Wickman, Air Resource Specialist - MN, WI, MI, Eastern Regional Office, USDA - Forest Service. Phone: 218-626-4372 . Email:

Steven S. Woods, Conservation Stewardship Director, Huron Pines (MI). Phone: 989-448-2293 x19. Email: