Fire in Minnesota Ecosystems
This event has been rescheduled for January 29 & 30, 2020.
Fire is a major driver of ecosystem dynamics across much of Minnesota. Fire suppression, while beneficial, has changed these systems in ways that may threaten long term ecosystem health and productivity. While a variety of silvicultural and other treatments attempt to mimic some fire effects, there is interest in better understanding the roles and outcomes of fire in order to improve the function of our fire-dependent plant communities in the fire suppression era. This two-day event will explore how fire has shaped Minnesota's natural systems and how land managers can safely reintroduce fire where appropriate. Sessions and panel discussions will focus on fire effects in pine- and oak-dominated forest and woodland communities and in the aspen parklands system. These discussions are planned with and for the diverse community interacting around fire-related issues, and seek to build the understanding and communication to support further work toward collaborative solutions.
Offered by the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative and the Lake States Fire Science Consortium. The Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium, the Oak Woodlands and Forest Fire Science Consortium, and the Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society are also supporting this Workshop.
Dates: January 29 & 30, 2020
Location: University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720
Cost: $75 members, $40 students, and $140 others
Registration: Coming soon.
CEUs: Continuing education credits will be available for this workshop. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Lodging: More information about local lodging will be posted soon.
Contacts: For any questions please contact Eli Sagor, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jack McGowan-Stinski, email@example.com, 989-287-1734
More information: Keynote address, Topic areas and presenters, planning team and a special note for Forest Service employees
- Agenda (PDF)
- Handout packet (PDF)
- Online evaluation of the event (links to external survey monkey form)
John Almendinger (Ecological Land Classification Program Consultant, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) will provide detail on Minnesota’s fire-dependent ecosystems: fire-dependent pine forests in the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province, fire-dependent oak forests in the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province, prairie and brushland in the Prairie and Aspen Parklands Provinces.
The three topic areas we will cover over the two-day workshop include:
Oak Ecosystems and Fire
Presenters and Panel:
- Oak fire (scar) history - Michael C. Stambaugh, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Missouri Tree-Ring Lab, University of Missouri
- Fire as a mediator of competition among oaks, grasslands and mesic forests - Lee Frelich, PhD, University of Minnesota
- Prescribed fire effects on oak timber value - Joseph M. Marschall, Sr. Research Specialist, Missouri Tree-Ring Lab, University of Missouri
Pine Ecosystems and Fire
Presenters and Panel:
- Pine fire (scar) history - Michael C. Stambaugh, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Missouri Tree-Ring Lab, University of Missouri
Parkland Ecosystems and Fire
Presenters and Panel:
- Aspen Parkland- a most dynamic ecosystem of northwest Minnesota- W. Daniel Svedarsky Ph.D., Emeritus Research Biologist, NW Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota
- Prescribed burning (and seasonal effects) to improve management for brushland-dependent species - Rebecca Montgomery, PhD, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
- Strategies for Success: Fire in the Aspen Parklands – Jonathan Eerkes, Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy
- John Almendinger – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Paul Dubuque – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Matt Graeve – Minnesota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
- Craig Maier –Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
- Jack McGowan-Stinski – Lake States Fire Science Consortium
- Brian Palik – Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
- Mike Reinikainen – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Madison Rodman – Cloquet Forestry Center, University of Minnesota
- Eli Sagor – Cloquet Forestry Center, University of Minnesota
For USDA Forest Service Employees, this workshop has already been approved for FY19 Meeting Management (i.e. Attendees Estimated Cost Detail), FS Conference Plan Number 190256 (Please note 190256 has a different date and MN location listed, but it is the same approval number for the Fire in Minnesota Ecosystems Workshop - contact your local Meeting Management representative to confirm details).
Dates: January 30-31, 2019
Cost: $100 SFEC members, $60 students, $180 others
CEUs: This event has been approved for 8.0 CAT1 CFEs by SAF
Agenda: View the original agenda for the day (pdf)
All interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact Madison Rodman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-726-6403.