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2016-2017 Lake States Fire Science Consortium Webinars

Thursday October 20, 2016, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Good fences, good neighbors? Coordination across property boundaries among private landowners.
Paige Fischer, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan.

Thursday November 17, 2016, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Restoration of fire-dependent pine barren ecosystems in northern Wisconsin – Bridging the gap between research and management practices.
Brian Sturtevant and Christel Kern, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station.

Thursday December 15, 2016, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Reconstructing Historical Fire Regimes and Forest Structure in Wisconsin’s Red Pine Dominated Forests.
Jed Meunier, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Science Services

Thursday January 19, 2017, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Fire and Aspen in the Lake States.
Lee Frelich, Director, The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

Thursday February 16, 2017, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Common Denominators for Escaped Prescribed Fires in the Lake States – Overview of Escaped Prescribed Fires in the Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service and Methods for Situational Learning.
Steve Goldman, Assistant Director, Fuels Program, Eastern Regional Office, USDA Forest Service

Thursday March 16, 2017, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Survey and Analysis Design for Wood Turtle Abundance Monitoring Programs.
Donald Brown, School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia / Northern Research Station, US Forest Service, Parsons, West Virginia

Thursday April 20, 2017, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Ecology and Dynamics of Aspen in Fire-Dependent Communities across the Lake States and North Atlantic Region.
Anthony D'Amato, Associate Professor in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology

2015-2016 Lake States Fire Science Consortium Webinars

Thursday October 15, 2015, 1:00 PM ET/ 12:00 PM CT
Past fire and present-day mesophication: Implications for oak ecosystem restoration
Greg Nowacki, USFS Regional Ecologist Eastern Region. (Co-hosted with Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna FSC, and Society of Ecological Restoration - Midwest Chapter)

Thursday November 19, 2015, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Webinar on 2015 Intern Projects: Response of insectivore pollinators to a large-scale pine barren restoration project in northeast Wisconsin - and - The Lakewood Southeast Restoration Project of northeastern Wisconsin (Brian Sturtevant, Deahn Donner, Christel Kern - USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, and Scott Anderson, John Lampereur and Jay Saunders - USDA Forest Service, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest) - and An historical lens to investigate changes in the forest structure and fire adaptation of the Great Lakes National Parks (Alison Paulson and Donald Waller - University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Suzanne Sanders and Jessica Kirschbaum - National Park Service Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network, Ashland, WI)

Thursday December 17, 2015, 1:00 PM ET/ 12:00 PM CT
Past and future wildfire as predicted by combustion dynamics and ignition in Lake States ecosystems
Richard Guyette, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Missouri Tree Ring Laboratory

Thursday January 21, 2016, 1:00 PM ET/ 12:00 PM CT
A Brief Introduction to the Facilitated Learning Analysis
Persephone Whelan, AFMO, Huron Shores RD, Huron-Manistee national Forest

Tuesday February 16, 2016, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
NFDRS 2016: Changes to Fuel Moisture Estimation for Fire Danger and Fire Behavior Assessments in Alaska and the Lake States.
Robert Ziel, Alaska Fire Science Consortium

Thursday March 17, 2016, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Fire history, climate, and Ojibwe land use over the past 400 years in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Northern Minnesota.
Evan Larson, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Thursday April 14, 2016, 1:00 PM ET/ 12:00 PM CT
BpS Review in the Lake States region: What it is. How it works. Why it matters.
Randy Swaty, The Nature Conservancy LANDFIRE Team

Thursday April 21, 2016, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Ontario's New Wildland Fire Management Strategy: First Year of Appropriate Response Implementation.
Dave Heaman, Fire Science and Planning Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Wednesday July 27, 2016, 1:00 PM ET/ 12:00 PM CT
Finding the Best Science Available on Fire Ecology and Fire Regimes of Northeastern, Great Lakes, and Appalachian Ecosystems.
Robin Innes and Ilana Abrahamson, Ecologists, USDA Forest Service


2014-2015 Lake States Fire Science Consortium Webinars

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium will be conducting another series of fire science webinars for 2014-2015. Additionally, the LSFSC will be co-hosting three webinars in 2014 with LANDFIRE and the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. Click on the individual links below to view more information.

LANDFIRE and TPOS/LSFSC 3-part Webinar Series: Part 1 September 17, 2014 at Noon ET, Part 2 October 8, 2014 at Noon ET, Part 3 October 29 at Noon ET.

Thursday October 16, 2014, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Maple Ridge Prescribed Burn – Stand Replacement Crown Fire Used to Reduce Hazardous Fuels and Create Habitat for the Endangered Kirtland’s warbler in the Mack Lake Basin

Steve Goldman, District Ranger, Mio Ranger District, Huron-Manistee National Forests

Thursday November 20, 2014, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Long-term structural and compositional development of fire-origin red pine forests in north central Minnesota
Anthony D'Amato, University of Minnesota

Thursday December 18, 2014, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Two-part Webinar on 2014 Intern Projects: Restoring Barrens and Northern Dry Forests in Northeastern Wisconsin (Brian R. Sturtevant, Deahn DonnerWright, Christel Kern - USDA Forest Service, and Claire Hillmeyer - University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point); and Can Onset of the Spring Dip in Red and Jack Pine be Predicted?(Jonathan Steigerwaldt and Ron Masters - University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, John Hintz - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Matt Jolly - Fire Sciences Laboratory, Missoula, MT)

PART ONE Thursday January 15, 2015, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT and PART TWO Thursday March 12, 2015, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Phragmites and Prescribed Fire: Seasonal Prescriptions and Risk
Lee Osterland, Fire Management Specialist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Wednesday January 28, 2015, 3:00 PM EST/ 2:00 PM CST (hosted by Alaska FSC)
Canadian REDapp Fire Behavior Calculator: A new tool for Alaska & Great Lakes fire management agencies?
Neal McLoughlin, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, REDapp Development

Thursday February 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST/ 1:00 PM CST
Long-term Effects of Repeated Prescribed Burning on Tree Growth and Drought Vulnerability in Pinus resinosa Forests in Northern Minnesota
Alessandra Bottero, NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Associate, University of Minnesota

Thursday March 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST/ 1:00 PM CST
Fire Monitoring: Fuels, vegetation, and fire behavior examples from landscape red pine and jack pine burns
Brian Stearns, Huron Shores Ranger District, Huron-Manistee National Forests

Thursday April 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST/ 1:00 PM CST
Easy-To-Use Smoke Tools
Trent Wickman, Air Resource Management, USDA Forest Service - Superior National Forest

Tuesday June 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST/ 12:00 PM CST
LANDFIRE Biophysical Setting (BpS) Review
Randy Swaty, Ecologist, LANDFIRE


2013-2014 Lake States Fire Science Consortium Webinars

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium conducted another series of fire science webinars for 2013-2014. Additionally, the LSFSC co-hosted three webinars in 2014 with the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. Click on the links below to view more information or watch recorded webinars.

Thursday November 21, 2013, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
New Flora of the Northeastern U.S.: What Introduced Species Have Been Found in Fire-Prone Forests

Beth Schulz, USFS Pacific Northwest Forest Inventory & Analysis Program

Thursday December 19, 2013, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
A Three Part Webinar on Manager-Scientist Relationships: Lessons Learned from the 2013 LSFSC Internships

Todd Aschenbach, Grand Valley State University
Dan Kashian, Wayne State University
Emma Witt, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Thursday January 16, 2014, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Climate and Fire in the Great Lakes Region

Chris Hoving, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

**Thursday January 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
When is a Grassland Restoration Truly Restored? 
Examining Microbial Community Responses to Fire in Remnant and Restored Grasslands

Kathryn Docherty, Western Michigan University
Ryan Koziatek, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Ashley Anne Wick, Kalamazoo Nature Center

**Thursday February 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Multi-scale Responses of Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) to Prescribed Fire

Matthew D. Cross
Bowling Green State University

** Special Webinars Co-hosted/Co-sponsored with Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium

Thursday February 20, 2014, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Assessing the Drivers of the ‘Spring Dip’ in Foliar Moisture Content and their Potential Impact on Forest Fire Behavior

W. Matt Jolly, PhD
Research Ecologist
USFS, RMRS, Fire Sciences Laboratory

**Wednesday March 5, 2014, 1:00 PM ET/ 12:00 PM CT
Elements of the National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecast

Casey Sullivan
Meteorologist and Fire Weather Forecaster
National Weather Service Chicago office

** Special Webinar Co-sponsored with Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium

Thursday March 27, 2014, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Characterizing Wildlife Communities of Fire-Dependent Ecosystems of the Northern Lake States and Exchanging Research, Inventory, and Monitoring Knowledge and Ideas

R. Gregory Corace, III, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Lindsey M. Shartell, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Dawn S. Marsh, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday April 17, 2014, 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Incorporating Principles of Natural Disturbance into Development and Evaluation of Forest Management Guides for the Boreal Forest Region of Ontario

Rob Rempel, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources


Lake States Fire Science Consortium Webinar Archive

To view more information on each webinar use the links below.

Apr 18, 2013: Lessons Learned From the Pagami Creek Fire (T. Sexton)

Mar 21, 2013: Lake States Fire Science Consortium Knowledge Gaps Assessment: What We Know (& Don’t Know) About Fire Science in the Lake States Region (J. Miesel)

Feb 21, 2013: Fire Severity and Ecosystem Impacts Following the Pagami Creek Fire:  A Rapid Response (B. Sturtevant)

Jan 17, 2013: Dynamic Disturbance Interactions in the Border Lakes Region: A Model Landscape for Investigating, Understanding, and Anticipating Changing Forest Environments (D. Shinneman)

Dec 20, 2012: What is Live Fuel Moisture: A New Look at the Combustion of Living Plants (M. Jolly)

Nov 20, 2012: Climate Change and Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability in the Lake States: How to Account for Wildfire? (S. Handler)

Oct 18, 2012: Fire Effects on the Highly Invasive Oriental Bittersweet (N. Pavlovic & S. Leicht-Young)

Apr 19, 2012: Making Sense of Wildland Smoke (G. Curcio, K.I Fleegel, & W. Heilman)

Mar 15, 2012: A Synthesis of Fire and Oak (L. Frelich)

Feb 24, 2012: Unlocking the mystery of weather forecasts (A. Graning)

Feb 16, 2012: Variability and Persistence of Post-fire Biological Legacies in Michigan Jack Pine Forests (D. Kashian)

Jan 19, 2012: Using Prescribed Fire to Regenerate and Restore Red Pine Ecosystems - Research & Examples from Minnesota. (C. Kern & others)

Dec 15, 2011: A 350 Year Fire Record in Northern Wisconsin Woodlands (R. Guyette & others)

Nov 17, 2011: Monitoring Fire Effects with FFI (D. Lutes)

Oct 20, 2011: LANDFIRE in the Lake States (R. Ziel)

May 2, 2011: Web Based Fire Weather for the Lake States (R. Ziel, J. Horel, & J. Barnier)

Apr 7, 2011: An Overview of the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) Project and Field-Based Burn Severity Assessment (co-sponsored with Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) Project)

Feb 17, 2011: Wildland Fire and Mercury Contamination in Soil and Water (R. Kolka & T. Wickman)

Dec 16, 2010: Fire, Vegetation, and Birds in Northern Sedge Meadows - Lessons Learned At Seney NWR (J. Austin & G. Lindsay)


Webinars of Interest from Other Organizations

Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, International Association of Wildland Fire, and Joint Fire Science Program (Webinar Archive)

Upper Midwest & Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Webinar Archive)


Online Trainings and other Trainings

National Interagency Fuels, Fire, & Vegetation Technology Transfer (NIFTT) Online Training

METED - Training Modules for the Geoscience Community

National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Smoke Committee (SMOC) Air Quality Education Resources

National Wildfire Coordination Group course s-290 (Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior). Online fire training for anyone who cannot attend a classroom session or simply wants to review critical fire behavior training.

Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) and Initial Attack Incident Commander Training August 26-28, 2014


Workshops

For more information on these workshops, please contact Jack McGowan-Stinski (mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu).

Fire and Fuels Monitoring Workshop is a 3-Day workshop. View the Agenda and the Proceedings, References, and Materials from the May 2016 event.

SW Michigan Oak Restoration Workshop was a 2-Day workshop. View the presentations from Day One and the proceedings from Day Two field Visits.

Using the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) in the Lake States is a 16-hour workshop that has been delivered twice. Intended for students who have at least completed the NWCG course S290 (Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior), it includes both background concepts and practical exercises for making fireline assessments, considering prescription windows, and daily decisions.

Using FLAME for Fireline Fire Behavior Assessments is presented as an 8 hour workshop to reinforce the concepts and practice the skills required to make fireline assessments using the FLAME tools introduced in the NWCG course S290 (Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior).

Fuel Moisture Monitoring is conducted as a 2 hour web conference to introduce Lake States users to the National Fuel Moisture Database and prepare them for creating data sites and data entries for their locations.

Using the Composite Burn Index (CBI) is conducted as a 4 hour workshop in the field, where participants are introduced to the CBI protocol, practice data collection, and discuss uses and role in a burn monitoring program.

WFDSS Fire Behavior Tools is a 12 hour workshop where participants learn how to navigate the incident and analysis areas of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). Within the analysis section, techniques for evaluating landscapes, calibrating modeled fire growth and behavior, and making short-term, near-term, and FSPro projections to support decision-makers are demonstrated and practiced.