Symposium on Lake States Pine-dominated Forests
White, jack, and red pines are prominent in members of Lake States fire-dependent forest communities. In this three-day online symposium, we'll discuss research and practice on pine-dominated communities relevant to Lake States forest managers. Each three-hour session will include several short presentations, Q&A, and large- and small-group (breakout) discussions. Come ready to not only learn from presenters, but to share what you've learned through your work. This will be as interactive and engaging a program as possible. Recordings of all presentations will be available to registrants.
What to expect: We've loosely organized the event around themes of past, present, and future. On Day 1, Dec. 14, we'll discuss conventional wisdom, and in the process, break down a few "myths." We'll also hear how repeated fire has shaped Lake States forests, and we'll hear about the results of long-term research on the Cutfoot Experimental Forest in Minnesota. On Day 2, Dec. 15 we'll hear panelists from across the Lake States discussing current approaches to managing red, white, and jack pine with a focus on real operational examples. On Day 3, Dec. 16, we will look to the future, with practice-oriented presentations on climate adaptation, genetics and seed zones. We'll close the event with an opportunity to self-select to discuss practical topics of your choosing.
(While open to all, this event will satisfy part of the NASP Lake States Regional Module.)
Schedule at a glance
All sessions will be hosted and moderated by Eli Sagor, UMN
Day 1, December 14: Lessons from the past
Marcella Windmuller-Campione (UMN) on pines across the Lake States
Various speakers including Nick Labonte and Carrie Pike (USFS) will "bust" some pine myths
Lane Johnson (UMN-CFC) on how historic disturbance regimes, including fire, shaped Lake States forests
Brian Palik (USFS-NRS) on lessons from Cutfoot Experimental Forest and other research
Day 2, December 15: Current practices
Red pine panel: Brian Stearns (USFS) on prescribed burning effects on red pine. Mike Reinikainen (MN DNR) on red pine management on MN State Lands.
Jack pine panel: Andrew O'Kreug (Bayfield County, WI): Barnes Barrens project - production and conservation. Phil Huber (Huron-Manistee NF) on jack pine and Kirtland's warbler.
White pine panel: Tony Waupochick (Menominee Tribal Enterprises) on Menominee white pine management. Myra Theimer (Superior NF) on white pine management on the Superior.
Stephanie Rochemont (One Tree Planted, Inc) on resources to support regeneration on National Forest lands.
Day 3, December 16: Looking to the future
Ryan Toot (USFS - NIACS) on climate change projections, the Adaptation Framework, and how to operationalize adaptation
Carrie Pike (USFS) on regional genetics including seed zones and stock selection
Brian Palik (USFS-NRS) on lessons from the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change project
We'll close with extended breakout discussions on topics of your choice.
Dates: December 14-16, 2021
Times: 9:00am to noon, Central time
Cost: $50 SFEC members, $80 SFEC non-members, $35 students. Registration fees will increase 10% after 5pm on Friday, Dec. 10.
All interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact Eli Sagor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 409-6115.