2021 Fire in Minnesota Ecosystems: Boreal Forests

Charred red pine, moose in spruce, and house in forest on lake

In 2020 we explored how fire has shaped Minnesota's natural systems and how land managers could work towards safely reintroducing fire. 

This three-day virtual event will explore the broader ecological, cultural, andJSFP and LSFSC Logos Stacked social importance and impacts of fire in boreal systems, through both the historical and current lenses. Discussions will address the unique challenges for implementing, suppressing, or researching fire in boreal systems, and hear various perspectives about communities living with fire.

What to expect: Similar to our previous Fire in Minnesota Ecosystems workshops we will strive to dynamically present content. You should expect presentations with Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and even a Fireside Chat with one of our speakers.

Dates: April 6 from 9am to 12:30pm, and April 7 and 8 from 9am to 12:00pm Central
Location: Online using Zoom
Speakers: Brian Jackson, Quetico Provincial Park; Evan Larson UW-Platteville; Gloria Erickson, Dovetail Partners; Kurt Kipfmueller, UMN; Todd Armbruster, Cook and Lake County MN; Randy Kolka USFS-NRS; Mike Schrage, Fond du Lac Band; Lane Johnson, CFC; Timo Rova, retired-USFS; Aaron Stacey, ON MNR; Patrick James, University of Toronto, Kathleen Quigley, USFS-NRS; Jessica Miesel, Michigan State University 
Cost: $60 SFEC Members, $110 Non-Members (others), $30 Students
CEUs: 9.5 Cat. 1 SAF CFE credits

Offered collaboratively by the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, the Joint Fire Science Program, and the Lake States Fire Science Consortium

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Tentative Agenda - Stay tuned for more details!

Session 1: Tuesday April 6, 2021 - Overview of Fire in Boreal Forests

      - Fireside Chats: A moderated discussion with a long-time practitioner in fire management
      - Panel Discussion: Linking fire history, TEK, tribal perspectives, and fire management
Living with Fire: Firewise: Living with fire in fire-dependent ecosystems 

Session 2: Wednesday April 7, 2021 - Broader Ecosystem Impacts

      - Fire Influence on Moose Habitat
      - Fire Effects on Lake Mercury and Accumulation in Fish
Pagami Fire: Effects on Soil C, N, and Hg
      - Q&A Panel with Speakers

Session 3: Thursday April 8, 2021 - Perspectives From our Neighbors

      - Multiple presentations from researchers and practitioners in Canada: Canadian perspectives on wildland fire in boreal forests
      - Q&A Panel with Speakers

All interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact Kaitlyn Wilson at kaitlynw@umn.edu.

Contact Us

Eli Sagor, SFEC Program Manager
esagor@umn.edu | 218-409-6115