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Sept. 12, 2017: Fire Management and Research at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

We'll tour long-term fire research sites and prescribed fire units in this 15,000 acre park, one of the most biologically diverse in the national park system. The park is located in an industrial hub and along a major transportation corridor in the nation's third largest metro area.


Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. 

Presenters from the US Geological Survey and National Park Service will cover the newest insights from fire science and monitoring at the site. Topics include:
  • complexities of incorporating new science into fire management, 
  • long-term research in fire-dependent oak savannas and prairies,
  • managing rare wildlife species, and
  • challenges with fire management in the wildland urban interface. 


The research brief 'Herpetofauna distribution across habitat gradients" summarizes research at Indiana Dunes that took place at over 25 sites along a prairie-savanna-forest gradient.


Public Information Office Micah Bell has been reaching the public through streaming video on Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Facebook page. For an example visit: https://www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL/videos/vb.197753923622948/1338470036217992/?type=3.