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April 2017 Lake States FSC Newsletter (April 28, 2017) In the April issue of 2017, we highlight: the Fire and Fuels Monitoring Workshop at Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany NY in June 2017; Reminder that all the 2016-2017 Webinars Recordings can be viewed as archives; article on UWSP Fire Crew's Spring Break Burn Trip to SC; Two Fire Guides available from MN; Article on “Conserving Large Oaks and Recruitment Potential while Restoring Midwestern Savanna and Woodland”; a Research Brief for Resource Managers: Fire and Fuel Management Communication Strategies; Northeast Regional Strategy Committee websites; Proceedings from Recent Workshop: A Century of Wildland Fire Research - Contributions to Long-term Approaches for Wildland Fire Management; Association for Fire Ecology Journal ~ Volume 13 Issue 1 – is available online; New atlas shows WUI areas in the U.S.; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

March 2017 Lake States FSC Newsletter (March 31, 2017) In the March issue of 2017, we highlight: the April 2017 Webinar in our 2016-2017 Webinar Series; Presentations available from the recent Burning Issues Workshop; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

February 2017 Lake States FSC Newsletter (February 28, 2017) In the February issue of 2017, we highlight: the March 2017 Webinar in our 2016-2017 Webinar Series; the Smoke TOOLS Workshop March 29, 2017; Presentations available from the recent WI Fire Workshop; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

January 2017 Lake States FSC Newsletter (January 31, 2017) In the January issue of 2017, we highlight: the February 2017 in our 2016-2017 Webinar Series; Resources available from the recent Fire in Minnesota's Forests Workshop; highlight the Third Annual Burning Issues Workshop in Michigan March 1-2, 2017; announce the Smoke TOOLS Workshop March 29, 2017; Request from Fire Effects Information System seeking input; provide some recent JFSP Firescience.gov Friday Flash eNews; announce the release of the Cohesive Strategy Crosswalk and Strategic Alignment Report; provide link to Association for Fire Ecology Journal ~ Volume 12 Issue 3 December 2016; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

December 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (December 31, 2016) In the December issue of 2016, we highlight: the January 19th Webinar in our 2016-2017 Webinar Series; Highlight two fire workshops in our LSFSC region: Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop and Burning Issues Workshop in Michigan; Continue to announce the LSFSC Intern FON for 2017 (due date Feb. 1, 2017); and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

November 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (November 29, 2016) In the November issue of 2016, we highlight: the December 15th Webinar in our 2016-2017 Webinar Series; Highlight three fire workshops in our LSFSC region: Fire in Minnesota's Forests, Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop, and Burning Issues Workshop in Michigan; Continue to announce the LSFSC Intern FON for 2017 (due date Feb. 1, 2017); announce a recent article on research involving the long-term effects of managing for Kirtland's Warbler on the fire-prone landscape heterogeneity; two recent JFSP postings - a webinar on Fun with FASMEE, and a recent issue on The Role of Science Past, Present, and Future; provide links to two recent presentations on spotted owl habiutat and fire from the Annual TWS meeting; announce the 2017 Smokey Bear Award Nominations are open; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

October 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (October 29, 2016) In the October issue of 2016, we highlight: the November 17th Webinar in our 2016-2017 Webinar Series; Highlight three fire workshops in our LSFSC region: Fire in Minnesota's Forests, Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop, and Burning Issues Workshop in Michigan; Announcing the LSFSC Intern FON for 2017 (due date Feb. 1, 2017); the JFSP FON is open through November 17, 2016; "Living with Fire" Art Exhibition in Ely, MN; Highlight Stephen Pyne's new fire series; Highlight three articles and one video on increased wildfire risk due to climate change; NWCG RX Complexity Guide revision extended; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

September 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (September 30, 2016) In the September issue of 2016, we highlight: the October 20th Webinar in our 2016-2017 Webinar Series; the JFSP FON is open through November 17, 2016; the USFWS News Release on Eastern Massasauga listing; the revision to NFDRS2016; NPR interview on wildfire embers main cause for losing houses in wildfires; recent report on fuel treatment effectiveness; NWCG RX Complexity Guide revision extended; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

August 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (August 31, 2016) In the August issue of 2016, we highlight: the first few years of the "Spring Dip" study in peer-reviewed journal; Kirtland's Warbler New Conservation Team; Forest Bird Monitoring in Great Lakes Region National Forests; a selection of fire articles, a smoke photo guide, and a selection of fire web sources and apps; making a better fire shelter study; CPAW proposals due; advanced fire learning unit webinar pre-notice; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

July 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (July 26, 2016) In the July issue of 2016, we highlight: the upcoming special webinar in July 2016 on FEIS and new updates; UWSP's Wildland Fire Program's AFE Certification; A Fire and Art exhibit in Ely, MN in August; the 2017 JFSP Sneak Peek at Research Topics for upcoming Funding Announcement; request for NWCG RX Complexity System Rating Guide; EPA smoke and RX fire message; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

June 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (June 30, 2016) In the June issue of 2016, we highlight the upcoming special webinar in July 2016 on FEIS and new updates; provide links to: the now published WI Fire Needs Assessment, an article on bearing trees and fire history in MN, a research brief on oaks and fire interaction, wildfire risk as a socioecological pathology article, an article on risk management and core principles, an article on traditional ecological fire knowledge; and provide a RX fire liability fact sheet, a wildfire smoke update for public health officials, the JFSP 2015-2016 progress report, and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

May 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (May 24, 2016) In the May issue of 2016, we highlight an article from the OSU Chapter of the Fish and Wildlife Society on Fire and Mechanical Treatments for Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat Management in Northern Lower Michigan; an upcoming special webinar in July 2016 on FEIS and new updates; provide a link to the Great Lakes Silviculture Library; announce the 2016 JFSP Funding recipients; provide a link for the Volume 2 Extreme Fire Behavior; and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

April 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (April 20, 2016) In the April issue of 2016, we highlight three Webinars - one about Ontario's New Fire Management Strategy and the first year of implementation, the second about the recording available for the LANDFIRE BpS review in Lake States, and the third for an upcoming special webinar in July 2016 on FEIS and new updates. We also announce again our Fire and Fuels Monitoring Workshop in May, provide a reminder to take the JFSP Evaluation on the Fire Science Exchanges, announce new staff to the JFSP Office, provide the newest version of the Minnesota Smoke Management Plan, highlight some essays from Stephen Pyne, and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

March 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (March 23, 2016) In the March issue of 2016, we highlight two April Webinars - one about Ontario's New Fire Management Strategy and the first year of implementation, the second about LANDFIRE BpS review in Lake States, highlight USFS and MN DNR signing Good Neighbor Agreement, provide info on the LANDFIRE Fire Behavior Fuel Model Guidebook, provide the USFS 2015 Pacific Northwest Fire Report, a NFPA course on home ignition zone, and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

February 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (February 24, 2016) In the February issue of 2016, we highlight the March 2016 Webinar about 400 years of fire history in the BWCAW, the Smoke Tools workshop March 2016, the April LANDFIRE Webinar, the Joint Fire Science Exchange Network 2015 Evaluation Report, the new fire-adapted communities learning network website, an article on The Science of Firescapes: Achieving Fire-Resilient Communities, and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

January 2016 Lake States FSC Newsletter (January 29, 2016) In the first issue of 2016, we highlight the February 2016 Webinar about NFDRS updates (co-hosted with AKFSC), The Smoke Tools workshop March 2016, highlight the National Prescribed Fire Use Survey 2015, a smoke science review of smoke models, the final USFWS ruling on the Northern Long-eared bat, and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

December 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (December 31, 2015) In the last issue of 2015, we highlight the January 21, 2016 Webinar about Facilitated Learning Analysis, the February 2-3, 2016 Burning Issues Symposium, the 2016 LSFSC Intern Project Funding Proposals open through February 1, 2016, highlight our 2015 LSFSC archived webinars, provide a recent report on Forest Stewards Guild study on reducing wildfire risk, link to a smoke management research brief from North Atlantic FSE, highlight Stephen Pyne's lastest book, and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

November 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (November 30, 2015) In the November issue, we highlight the December Webinar about combustion dynamics, the 2016 LSFSC Intern Project Funding Proposals open through February 1, 2016, highlight webinars from other fire science Exchanges, provide the Kirtland's Warbler Breeding Range Conservation Plan, some recent political hearings and task force report on wildland fire management, a reminder about the LANDFIRE BpS Review, and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

October 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (October 28, 2015) In the October issue, we highlight the November Webinar about the 2015 Intern Projects, reminder for the JFSP FON deadline, provide links to articles on N. Long-eared bat, a recent study on fire risk on private lands, the 2016 wildfire mitigation, and Smokey Bear Awards, and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

September 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (September 28, 2015) In the September issue, we take a look back at the August Moquah barrens Field Tour, share a Lecture series at MTU, share two webinars in October, post a reminder for the JFSP Research Funding Opportunity, share a recent report on a JFSP research project in Lake States, provide the WUI map book, and a link to a short bt excellent video on "How We Fight Wildfires", and provide a listing of future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

August 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (August 31, 2015) In the August issue, we highlight the MI RX Fire Council Annual Meeting, the "Superior" Research Redaer (a monthly publication from the Superior National Forest), a joint fire prevention message from MI DNR and USFS, Dr. Jerry Franklin presenting at MTU, and a listing of future field tours, conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

July 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (July 31, 2015) In the July issue, we highlight the funding opportunity notice from JFSP, the upcoming Moquah Barrens, the soil heating project in NW WI, fire and wildlife project update, Dr. Jerry Franklin presenting at MTU, a new JFSP digest, new video on safety zones, a TRUST planning guide, new research on fire spread, and list future field tours, conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

June 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (June 27, 2015) In the June issue, we highlight an upcoming Barrens Field Tour in NW WI, a look at sharp-tail grouse and fire, and little blue butterflies and fire, recent RX Burns near Ely, MN, the MNICS Newsletter, Ontario's new Wildland Fire Management Strategy Plan, new JFSP Digest on Traditional Ecological Fire Knowledge, and list future field tours, conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

May 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (May 29, 2015) In the May issue, we highlight an upcoming special webinar with LANDFIRE, LSFSC Intern projects, current research and papers on jack pine in WI and MN, a paper on wildfire costs, a paper on fire and invasive grasses, some short RX smoke videos, and list future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

April 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (April 30, 2015) In the April issue, we highlight the webpage for the Cottonville Fire (WI), give some fast facts for the LSFSC 2014-2015 Webinars, advertise a special LSFSC and LANDFIRE Webinar June 4th, highlight some ongoing and recent research, and list future conferences, trainings, and other educational opportunities.

March 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (March 30, 2015) In the March issue, we highlight the April Webinar, the LSFSC 2015 Intern Funding, some new filed guides, and future conferences, meetings and other educational opportunities from around the Region and U.S.

February 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (February 28, 2015) In the February issue, we highlight two LSFSC March 2015 Webinars, a presentation in March at UWSP by Dr. Matt Jolly on the Great Lakes Fuel Moisture Study, an update on the Lake States Fire and Wildlife Project, new LSFSC Research Briefs, some remote sensing and firewise tools, and future conferences, meetings and other educational opportunities from around the Region and U.S.

January 2015 Lake States FSC Newsletter (January 31, 2015) In the first issue of 2015, we highlight the LSFSC February 2015 Webinar, a presentation in March at UWSP by Dr. Matt Jolly on the Great Lakes Fuel Moisture Study, some Extreme Fire Behavior webinars offered through the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, and future fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the Region and U.S.

December 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (December 31, 2014) In the December issue of 2014, we highlight an upcoming Burning Issues Symposium in Michigan, the January 2015 Webinar, some JFSP Briefs/Syntheses/Digests, a pocket guide for smoke from Rx fire, a new Disturbance mapping Tool, and upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the Region and U.S.

November 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (November 28, 2014) In the November issue of 2014, we highlight upcoming LSFSC webinars, a new article on Voyageurs National Park, announce the availability of a Phragmites guide, and LANDFIRE remapping project, plus highlight upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the Region and U.S.

October 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (October 31, 2014) In the October issue of 2014, we highlight upcoming LSFSC webinars, emphasize past webinar recordings, announce the availability of LSFSC Research Briefs, summarize the SW MI Field Trip, provide link to fire management tools software, plus highlight upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the Region and U.S.

September 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (September 30, 2014) In the September issue of 2014, we highlight the start of Grand Valley State University's Fire Program, an article on Fire and Wildlife in the Lake States, the kick-off of the LSFSC 2014-2015 Webinar Series, plus highlight upcoming Field Trips, fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the Region and U.S.

Burning Issues Symposium (January 13-14, 2015) Burning Issues Symposium: How Do We Integrate Competing Objectives in Land Management and Restoration? The Lake States Fire Science Consortium and the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium will be hosting a day-and half workshop/symposium on January 13-14, 2015, to be held at Ft. Custer Training Center, Augusta, MI. The intent of the symposium is to give land managers, researchers and fire practitioners an opportunity to hear from different areas of expertise in a format which will help us find solutions to issues that complicate our fire work. The first day will include a six sessions with a speaker and panel members, with topics including: invasive species and fire, herps and fire, insects and fire, oak restoration with fire, climate change and fire management, and fire operations: constraints/barriers to implementation. Day two will be a half day of facilitated and directed breakout groups addressing these specific topics with a 15-minute-per-group wrap up session.

A Fire Management Field Trip in SW MI (October 10, 2014) Brought to you by Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna FSC and Lake States FSC. Multiple Perspectives on Fire Sensitive Species in Fire Dependent Habitats. Held at Ft. Custer Training Center and Ft. Custer State Recreation Area. Field Trip Discussions: How to optimize prescribed fire plans and operations for rare species conservation; How to restore habitat and minimize fire-induced mortality in small populations. Some Highlights: Oak Savanna, Prairie, and Prairie Fen Restoration; Invasive Species Removal; Prairie Vole, Eastern Box Turtle, and Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Conservation.

August 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (August 31, 2014) In the August issue of 2014, we highlight an upcoming field trip, LANDFIRE Webinar Series, an update on the WI Fire Needs Assessment, and more, plus highlight upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the Region and U.S.

July 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (July 30, 2014) In the July issue of 2014, we highlight continued work on the live fuel moisture project in jack pine, JFSP potential Research question, a field trip save-the-date, and also highlight upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the Region.

June 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (June 27, 2014) In the June issue of 2014, we highlight some of the past months regional fire trainings, severity monitoring information, a field trip save-the-date, and also highlight upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the Region.

May 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (May 31, 2014) In the May issue of 2014, we highlight some upcoming field trips and meetings, a wildland fire suppression grants from WI DNR, a fuel treatment project with JFSP, and the GRIN awards. We also highlight upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the Region.

April 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (April 30, 2014) In the April issue of 2014, we highlight the archived 2013-2014 LSFSC webinar series, the Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Team March 2014 meeting, the Germann Road Wildfire (WI) Final Report, some Minnesota-modified fire behavior and fire weather guides, and some fire science webinar series in cooperation with other Consortia and LANDFIRE.  We also highlight upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the region and from other Consortia.

Webinar - Incorporating Principals of Natural Disturbance into Development and Evaluation of Forest Management Guides for the Boreal Forest Region of Ontario  (April 17, 2014).  Rob Rempel, a Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, will be discussing the Forest Management Guide for Boreal Landscapes (Boreal Landscape Guide), that will provide direction to planning teams to help them set the broad strategic direction for their forest management plans in terms of the natural variability found in boreal forests.

Webinar - Characterizing Wildlife Communities of Fire-Dependent Ecosystems of the Northern Lake States and Exchanging Research, Inventory, and Monitoring Knowledge and Ideas (March 27, 2014). Dr. Greg Corace, a Wildlife Biologist at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, will be discussing the project that he and Dr. Lindsey Shartell (MN Department of Natural Resources) and Dawn Marsh (Seney NWR) are conducting for the Lake States FSC. Specifically, Greg will outline initial steps to facilitate a knowledge exchange regarding our existing understanding of disturbances, vegetation, and wildlife and the integration of this knowledge into the management of northern Lake States fire-dependent ecosystems.

March 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (March 21, 2014) In the March issue of 2014, we highlight the upcoming LSFSC March and April webinars, some fast facts for the 2014 archived webinars, and some fire science webinar series in cooperation with other Consortia and LANDFIRE.  We also highlight upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the region and from other Consortia.

Webinar - Elements of the National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecast (March 5, 2014) This is our third in a webinar series that we are co-sponsoring with the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. Casey Sullivan is a forecaster and meteorologist at the National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville office and is the fire weather program manager. Casey provided an overview of the National Weather Service fire weather forecast program and discussed elements of the fire weather forecast available to any fire practitioner. The hourly weather graph and definitions of surface winds were emphasized.

Webinar - Assessing the Drivers of the ‘Spring Dip’ in Foliar Moisture Content and their Potential Impact on Forest Fire Behavior (February 20, 2014). This webinar is presented by Matt Jolly, a Research Ecologist with the USDA-Forest Service.  Matt will be discussing new results from red and jack pine needle samples collected from Wisconsin sites in 2013. This new information will be used to refine what are the reason(s) behind the “spring dip” and the resulting increase in fire danger in pine-dominated systems in the Lake States region.

February 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (February 12, 2014) In the February issue of 2014, we highlight the Michigan Tech University Fire Club, the upcoming LSFSC webinars, the LSFSC Fire and Wildlife project, and a FIREWISE workshop in the Upper Peninsula.  We also highlight upcoming fire trainings, Conferences, and other educational opportunities from around the region and from other Consortia.

Webinar - Multi-scale Responses of Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) to Prescribed Fire (February 13, 2014). This is our second in a webinar series that we are co-sponsoring with the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. This is also a Manager-Scientist Lessons-Learned webinar, presented by Matt Cross of Bowling Green State University. Matt will discuss his Master’s Thesis research he conducted at prairie fen sites in Michigan. The objective of his study was to monitor massasauga behavior during a prescribed fire to assess direct and indirect effects.

Webinar - When is a Grassland Restoration Truly Restored? Examining Microbial Community Responses to Fire in Remnant and Restored Grasslands (January 30, 2014). This webinar is our first in a series that we are co-sponsoring with the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. This is also a Manager-Scientist Lessons-Learned webinar, presented by Kathryn Docherty of Western Michigan University, and Ryan Koziatek and Ashley Wick, both with the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The presentation explores the microbial community responses to prescribed fire, and what it takes to be able to conduct burns for restoration objectives as well as to accommodate continued and new research.

Webinar - Climate and Fire in the Great Lakes Region (January 16, 2014). This webinar, the first in 2014, is presented by Chris Hoving of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and discusses climate change projections and how future prescribed fire planning and implementation may be affected.

January 2014 Lake States FSC Newsletter (January 13, 2014) In the first issue of 2014, we highlight the upcoming LSFSC webinars, extended deadline for the LSFSC Intern Proposals, winter prescribed burning practices,  and photo point monitoring.  We also highlight upcoming fire training and other educational opportunities from around the region, and from other Consortia.

2014 Internship Program Proposal Deadline Extended (January 3, 2014) We are extending the deadline for the 2014 LSFSC Internship Program Proposals to January 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM EST/5:00 PM CST. The 2014 Intern Program is designed to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together by funding research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region. Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve fire and/or forest management locally.

December 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (December 30, 2013) In the final issue of 2103, we spotlight the upcoming LSFSC webinars, highlight the new report by JFSP on the RxCadre and recent developments with the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, and provide information on the new 2103 prescribed fire planning and implementation guide from NWCG. We also highlight upcoming training and educational opportunities from around the region.

Webinar - Lessons Learned from the 2013 LSFSC Internships (December 19, 2013) The webinar, our second of the 2013-2014 series, highlights the research experiences of three of our 2103 Internship Awardees. Specifically, Todd Aschenbach (Grand Valley State University) discusses the application of prescribed fire and herbicide to reduce Carex pensylvanica cover at the Newaygo Prairies Research Natural Area, Manistee National Forest, Michigan, Dan Kashian (Wayne State University highlights mapping post-fire jack pine regeneration across a recently-burned area
in Northern Lower Michigan to inform Kirtland’s Warbler management, and Emma Witt (University of Minnesota) shares her work on the impacts of forest fire on mercury concentrations in fish from northern Minnesota lakes and implications for management.

November 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (November 28, 2013) In November issue, we announce the 2014 LSFSC Internship Program (deadline to apply 12/31/13), our upcoming webinar highlighting lessons learned from the 2013 Internship Program, and news from our neighboring Fire Science Consortia. We also update the new Wildland Fire Science Program at UW-Stevens Point, and share a new fire management position statement from the Michigan SAF and the new chair and vice-chair of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils.

2014 LSFSC Internship Program Announced (November 28, 2013) The Lake States FSC is pleased to announce that we will be continuing the LSFSC Internship Program in 2014.  This program is designed to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together by funding research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with fire-dependent forests of the Lake States region.  Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve fire and/or forest management locally.  Proposals are due December 31, 2013.  For more information, including submission requirements, see the complete Request for Proposals.

Webinar - New Flora of the Northeastern U.S. (November 21, 2013) The webinar, which kicks off our 2013-2014 series, and presented by Beth Schultz of the Pacific Northwest Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA), US Forest Service, explores what the FIA data can tell us about introduced species in fire-prone forests of the Lake States region.

October 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (October 14, 2013) In this issue, we highlight LSFSC activities with the UW-Stevens Point Wildland Fire Program and presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Lake States Forest Guild held in Eagle River, Wisconsin. We also highlight recent interviews from Minnesota Public Radio on a creative use of wildfire-damaged timber, recommendations on using controlled burns to prepare ecosystems for potential climate change, and future training and educational opportunities.

Requesting your research needs (September 30, 2013) Do you have specific requests or pressing research needs that you believe are vital to Fire Management or Fire Science in the Lake States? We are compiling a list and will be forwarding to the Joint Fire Science Program.  Please send to Jack McGowan-Stinski (mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu) by October 3, 2013.

2014 Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Funding Opportunity Notice (September 30, 2013) The Joint Fire Science Program announces the 2014 Funding Opportunities on a variety topics. f you are applying for funding to conduct a project within the Lake States Fire Science Consortium area, and are requesting a letter of support, please contact us at least three weeks before the proposal deadline: Charles Goebel (goebel.11@osu.edu) or Jack McGowan-Stinski (mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu).

September 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (September 16, 2013) In the September issue, we report on recent field trips co-sponsored by the LSFSC, including the Michigan SAF's Upper Peninsula Chapter Field Trip to the Baraga Plains in July, the Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Team meeting in July, and the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Meeting in September. We also highlight upcoming fire training opportunities, workshops, and conferences related to fire science.

Webinar Announcement - Public Perceptions of Smoke in Oregon and California (August 30, 2013) Eric Toman (The Ohio State University and Lake States FSC) and Christine Olsen (Oregon State University and Northwest FSC) will describe ongoing research in Oregon and California on public perceptions of wildland and prescribed fire smoke. They will focus on identifying factors that influence perceptions of smoke, and how communication in various forms may influence those perceptions.

August 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (August 26, 2013) In the August issue, we spotlight the new Wildland Fire Science Program launched at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, highlight upcoming fire training opportunities and workshop/meetings across the region, and share interesting information related to fire science from across the United States and Canada. We also share information on an interesting issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment entitled "Prescribed Burning in Fire-Prone Landscapes."

July 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (July 30, 2013) In the July issue, we introduce our new Program Manager, highlight upcoming webinars and meetings with a fire-science focus, and report on the 2103 Minnesota Wildland Fire Academy.

New Program Manager for Lake States FSC(July 19, 2013) The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) would like to welcome our new Program Manager, Jack McGowan-Stinski.  Jack joined the LSFSC on July 17, 2013 taking over for Robert "Zeke" Ziel who was instrumental in getting the LSFSC off and running.  Jack comes to the LSFSC with over 20 years of experience in land management, fire ecology, and fire management with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Cardno JFNew, USDA Forest Service, MI and WI DNR’s, and Central Michigan University. 

Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy for Northeastern U.S. (April 25, 2013) The Wildland Fire Executive Committee announced the release of Regional Action Plans for wildland fire management in the Northeast, Southeast and West.

Webinar - Lessons Learned From the Pagami Creek Fire (April 18, 2013) The webinar presented by Tim Sexton of the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application Center with US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, explored the lessons learned by fire managers in the context of this historic wildland fire that burned in the summer and fall of 2011. Tim was, at the time, Ranger for the LaCroix District on the Superior National Forest and served as a line officer for the fire.

April 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (April 16, 2013) In addition to announcing our final webinar in a series highlighting the Pagami Creek Fire, we provide information on the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center's extensive library of 200 webinars and the LSFSC's searchable database of over 1,000 citations related to fire science information in the Lake States. We also spotlight the FEIS new fire regimes series and predictions for the upcoming fire season in the Lake States.

Webinar - Assessing Drought Indicators and a 2013 Season Assessment of Fire Potential (March 26, 2013) Stephen Marian, Kevin Scansy, and Richard Naden presented information on drought indicators and how those indicators can be used to predict the fire potential for 2013. The webinar was co-sponsored by the Lake States FSC and Eastern Area Coordination Center.

March 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (March 16, 2013) In the March issue we highlight the Canadian Fire Effects Model (CanFIRE), recent NWCG RX-410 training opportunities, and an update on the Lake States LANDFIRE review. We also highlight upcoming webinars hosted by the LSFSC.

February 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (February 19, 2013) In the February issue we announce upcoming webinars and present a downloadable poster presentation "Selecting your burn day." We highlight the current snow and weather conditions across the Lake States and make available an evaluation report on the Joint Fire Science Consortia.

January 2013 Lake States FSC Newsletter (January 15, 2013) In the January issue we spotlight upcoming webinars and poster presentations given by undergraduate biology students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We highlight a smart phone app for calculating fire behavior and announce fire conferences held in January.

December 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (December 18, 2012) In the December issue we announce upcoming webinars in the LSFSC seminar series and a photo contest sponsored by the International Association of Wildland Fire. We also highlight new fire documents and tools including a wildland fire investigation report on the Little Carp River fire, a web tool to compare weather observations, and the Northeast Regional Risk Analysis Report. We report on a post-doctoral opportunity with the Desert Research Institute.

November 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (November 13, 2012) In the November issue we highlight the next webinar in the LSFSC seminar series and a recent JFSP Fire Digest article on a smoke science plan. We report on existing tools and references for fire use for invasive species control. Links are provided to recent publications and conferences.

October 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (October 16, 2012) In the October issue we highlight the beginning of the 2012-2013 LSFSC seminar series and an upcoming field tour about fire use to control invasive species. We spotlight a fire demonstration site in the Cutfoot Experimental Forest and a new online tool for searching JSFP research publications. Links are provided to recent publications, proceedings, and conferences.

September 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (September 18, 2012) In the September issue we explain an effort by the EPA to gather smoke emissions information, highlight supplemental material for S-244 training, and give a quick update on the winter burn condition. October workshops and seminars regarding invasives species and fire in the Lake States are highlighted as well as upcoming conferences about wildland fire. A link is provided to review hazard tree safety.

August 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (August 14, 2012)In the August issue we report on recent field tours to view Phragmite control (Ontario) and hardwood control (Minnesota) with prescribed burns. We announce a recent RFP for our intern program and promote upcoming conferences and an exhibit. We provide links to recent reports (Wildfire Decision Making and Mountain Pine Beetle) and give a review of a new version of the fire model FlamMap.

Internship Funding Request For Proposals (August 12, 2012) The LSFSC anticipates funding up to four research internships for the summer of 2013. These internships, for either undergraduate or graduate students, are designed to bring managers and scientists together to fill a critical local management need, and require a joint manager-scientist proposal.

July 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (July 17, 2012) In the July issue we provide links to smoke management guides for the Lake States, report on drought and what it means for fire potential, and spotlight models that estimate fuel consumption and smoke emissions.

June 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (June 19, 2012) In the June issue we report on a server outage that affects the Great Lakes Fire and Fuel website. We highlight the Duck Lake fire, link to an analysis of the Pagami Creek Entrapment, and spotlight fuel loading and smoke models. We also discuss winter burn conditions and a Wisconsin conservation easement.

Consortium Provides Training Opportunities to University of Wisconsin-Madison Students (June 4, 2012) At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all Introductory Biology students are required to complete an independent research project. Three students completed this requirement during the Spring semester by participating in the ongoing Consortium “gap analysis” project with Jessica Miesel, through the Mladenoff Forest Landscape Ecology Lab. 

Fire Behaviour Advisory Issued for a Large Portion of Northwestern Ontario (May 15, 2012) A dramatic change has recently occurred in most conifer fuel types in Northwestern Ontario as a result of a process known as "Winter or Conifer Browning." This condition will cause an increase in fire behavior potential until fuel moisture increases and new growth begins. Slides from a presentation prepared by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources describing the condition can be found here.

USFS Natural Fuels Photo Series Available (May 10, 2012) The National Interagency Publication Management System has released all remaining copies of the Natural Fuels Photo Series for distribution. The volumes are free with paid shipping. More information about the photo series can be found here.

May 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (May 10, 2012) In the May issue we highlight the first in a series of discussions on fuel loading and smoke, report on the fire ecology of Ontario, and spotlight an improved grass fuel moisture model. We also give overviews and provide links to a prescribed fire review and an article on the fire management practices of First Nation elders.

April 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (April 17, 2012) In the April issue we highlight our webinar on "Making Sense of Wildland Smoke," look at the upcoming spring fire season, follow the NMU Firecats, and highlight new initiative by JFSP.

March 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (March 12, 2012) In the March issue we highlight spring fire potential outlook, our webinar, and the new version of IFT-DSS. We also update the FFI monitoring system, discuss soil and groundwater sensors, and introduce the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework.

February 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (February 14, 2012) In the February issue we highlight the February LSFSC webinars and review the fire science presentations at the 2012 Stewardship Network Conference. We also report on our partnerships with UW-Madison undergraduate students assisting with our gaps analysis project, request assistance with our managers expertise project, and highlight the six newly formed JFSP Fire Science Consortia.

UW-Stevens Point Searching for Assistant or Associate Professor of Wildland Fire Science (February 8, 2012) The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point is looking to fill a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position to develop, build, and lead a new undergraduate Fire Science Program.

February is JFSP Fuel Treatment Month (February 8, 2012) JFSP is highlighting fuel treatment science this February. We have selected some fuel treatment publications that may be of interest to Lake States managers and scientists.

Consortium Provides Training Opportunities to University of Wisconsin-Madison Students (February 3, 2012) At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all Introductory Biology students are required to complete an independent research project. Last fall, four students completed this requirement by participating in the ongoing Consortium "gap-analysis" project with Jessica Miesel, through the Mladenoff Forest Landscape Ecology Lab at UW.

2012 Science, Practice, and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference (January 28, 2012) The LSFSC cosponsored this conference with The Stewardship Network in East Lansing, MI on January 20-21, 2012. Included were several fire science presentations and workshops. Files of some of these presentations are available on the Conference website, including Brian Palik (US Forest Service Northern Research Station), Greg Corace (Seney National Wildlife Refuge), Jennifer Baldy (Kalamazoo Nature Center), Warren Heilman (US Forest Service), Nick Reo (University of Michigan), Dan Heckman (Michigan DNR), Randy McKenzie (Michigan DNR), and Robert Ziel (LSFSC).

Pagami Creek Fire Severity Study (January 24, 2012) A new effort to study the effects of the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire in northern Minnesota is underway led by the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and funded by a RAPID grant from the National Science Program is underway. The goals of the research are to learn to how remotely-sensed (hyperspectral) fire severity estimates reflect field-based severity indices in both the overstory and the understory and how overstory and understory fire severities interact to influence soil carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and mercury (Hg) loss immediately after a fire in comparison with those in the first growing season after the fire.

January 2012 Lake States FSC Newsletter (January 17, 2012) Happy new year from the LSFSC! In the January issue we highlight our upcoming webinar on underburning in red pine, a new study to examine the effects of the 2011 Pagami Creek fire, and the upcoming fire science presentations at the 2012 Stewardship Network Conference. We also provide information on new LANDFIRE resources and predictions for the upcoming spring fire season.

JFSP Launches New Website (January 16, 2012) The Joint Fire Science Program has launched a new website. Updates include improved search capabilities of fire science information, list of events, funding opportunities and access to JFSP publications.

FEIS Webinar Announcement (December 31, 2011) Join the Forest Service FEIS for an introductory webinar at 1PM ET (12PM CT) on January 18, 2012 on the Fire Effects Information System which contains literature reviews on more than 1,100 species and their relationships with fire. This two-hour webinar will introduce FEIS and its new, geographically searchable user interface. Please pre-register for this webinar following the link.

December 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (December 13, 2011) In the December issue we highlight the December LSFSC webinar and the upcoming fire science presentations at the 2012 Stewardship Network Conference, request the submission of new research needs, and provide links to new resources including the Great Lakes Forestry Center and a new NASA satellite to monitor weather, climate, vegetation, and disturbance.

JFSP's Knowledge Exchange Consortia (December 8, 2011) This new Fire Science Digest describes the JFSP Knowledge Exchange Consortia, including the Lake States FSC.

Fire History in Mixed-Pine Forests (December 1, 2011) This new Fire Science Brief describes a recent JFSP-funded project to develop a fire history for mixed-pine forests of the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

FFI webinar (November 17, 2011) Duncan Lutes presented a webinar on the FFI (FEAT/FIREMON Integrated) system. If you missed it, or want to view again, there is a recording in our webinar archive.

November 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (November 14, 2011) In this issue, we highlight the upcoming FFI webinar, announce our new demonstration sites, share some important web resources associated with the CFFDRS and 9th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology.

October 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (October 2011) In this issue, we highlight LSFSC demonstration sites, a guide to using the Great Lakes Fire and Fuels Information System Tools. LANDFIRE review, prescribed burning funding, and more.

September 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (September 2011) In this issue, we highlight Lake States webinars, regional conferences, blowdown in WI, climate summaries, and fire in the boreal forest.

August 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (August 2011) In the August issue we highlight summer wildfires, Fire Effects and CBI, summer prescribed burns, and LSFSC fall plans.

July 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (July 2011) In the July issue we highlight The Flame Act, how to build your own Fire Characteristics Chart, LANDFIRE Updates, and announce a field trip to Raco Plains.

June 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (June 2011) In the June issue we highlight risk assessment for wildfire, growing season burns, and a Lake States Fuel guide.

May 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (May 2011) In the May issue we highlight 3 new Fire Science Consortiums in the Midwest, fire seasonality in the Lake States, JFSP Fire FLASH, and monitoring burn severity.

April 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (April 2011) In the April issue we highlight the Mack Lake Wildfire staff ride, fuel flammability, and tools and references.

March 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (March 2011) In this issue, we highlight networking of managers in the Lake States, climatology, JFSP fire FLASH, and some fire references and tools.

February 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (February 2011) In the February issue we highlight spring 2011 wildfire outlook, JFSP recent publications and tools, the Huron-Manistee National Forests Wildland Fire Module, and the Northern Michigan Fire Learning Network establishment.

January 2011 Lake States FSC Newsletter (January 2011)In the January issue we highlight the news and events for Lake States Region, what LSFSC has planned, wildland fire in colleges and universities in the Region, and some online training.

December 2010 Lake States FSC Newsletter (December 2010) In this issue, we highlight monitoring wildland fire, launch of LSFSC webpage, formation of Advisory Board, and other announcements.

November 2010 Lake States FSC Newsletter (November 2010) In this issue, we highlight Demonstration Sites, JFSP connections, and a restoration treatment exchange at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

October 2010 Lake States FSC Newsletter (October 2010) In the first issue, we introduce the Lake States Fire Science Consortium, JFSP, a Drainage Index for soils, and the human element of wildland fire.