Many organizations around the region have organized events relevant to fire ecology and prescribed fire management. Here are the ones that have passed across our desk.

Please contact our coordinator if you have information about events related to fire ecology or prescribed fire that are not listed here.

Upcoming Events


National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop: Making a Difference; Building Capacity, Improving Preparedness, and Learning From Experience

March 26-29 @ Reno, Nevada

Key partners include the Joint Fire Science Program and JFSP's Fire Science Exchange Network. Objectives including providing clear understanding of the importance of all Cohesive Strategy planning and implementation across the entire country.

Midwest/Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration Annual Meeting

April 20-22, 2018 @ Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Update: Early registration closes March 21.

Oral presentations will be scheduled in 20 minute segments within concurrent sessions that are tentatively scheduled for Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. The poster session is scheduled for Friday afternoon. 

North American Congress for Conservation Biology: Conservation Science, Policy, and Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild

July 21-27, 2018 @ Toronto, Canada

The organizers expect to attract over 1,000 participants. They note, "...our location in the Great Lakes region will facilitate attendance from both the US and Canada, especially among those scientists and practitioners working on transboundary conservation issues."

Abstract submission for oral, poster, and speed presentations is open December 8, 2017 – January 19, 2018.

The Wildlife Society's Annual Conference

October 7-11, 2018 @ Cleveland, Ohio

Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

October 15-18, 2018 @ Rochester, Minnesota

Update: the call for abstracts is open through April 11.

The Midwest Invasive Plant Network is partnering with the Invasive Plant Association of Wisconsin (IPAW) and the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC) to co-host the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference.

Recent Events

Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference

January 28-31, 2018 @ Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This annual event will attract over 1,000 biologists and students from state, federal, and tribal natural resources agencies from the Midwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and Canadian provinces. Highlights include: nearly 400 technical presentations, poster displays, plenary sessions, networking opportunities and social events. 


Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Science and Management

January 30-Feb. 1, 2018 @ Portland, Maine

The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange are holding a partners meeting, Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Science and Management.

A true EXCHANGE designed to expose fire managers to useful scientific studies and expose scientists to the implications of their science. Presentations will be relevant to fire managers and scientists in the North Atlantic region of the United States and Canada.


Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference

July 30-August 2 @ Madison, WI

Conservation Connections: Creating Pathways to Sustainability

This year’s conference provided a forum for interdisciplinary discussions that are essential to the success of conservation, a field that depends upon understanding relationships and interconnectedness. TPOS Coordinator Craig Maier shared a poster on Monday, July 31: "Where is the Oak Ecosystem in Models for Corn Belt Conservation?" Field trips included a tour of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, which manages a mosaic of prairies, wetlands and oak savannas using prescribed fire.

Grassland Restoration Network Workshop

July 11-12 @ Manhattan, KS

This year’s workshop demonstrated how science at this National Science Foundation-funded Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site has deepened our understanding of drivers influencing pattern and process in tallgrass prairie. Discussions focused on how science can inform grassland restoration.

This GRN blog post shares some highlights from the workshop, including a watershed that has not been burned in 20 years. Researchers will now study the effects of annual burning on reducing the current woody species cover.


Iowa Invasive Species Conference

March 28-28, 2017 @ Honey Creek Resort State Park, Moravia, IA

The goal of the Iowa Invasive Species Conference (IISC) is to strengthen the management of invasive species, especially prevention, control, and containment. 


Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

October 17-19, 2016 @ La Crosse, WI

The goal of this conference is to strengthen management of invasive species. TPOS organized a special session on fire and invasive species: "Prescribed Fire in Modern, Altered Landscapes– Improving Our Understanding and Use of an Important, Imperfect Tool." This session combined presentations from practitioners and researchers and a panel discussion.  


2016 North American Prairie Conference

July 17 -20, 2016 @ Illinois State University

The 24th North American Prairie Conference included more than 70 invited and contributed oral papers and a poster session on many aspects of prairie ecology, restoration, management and some innovative ideas on working lands. Field trips visited large scale restoration sites, including  Nachusa Grassland (3,000-acres & Bison), and Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands (7,000-acres), where prescribed fire has been integral to establishment and maintenance of newly planted prairies and remnant plant communities.

Check out the highlights thanks to the tag #prairie16 on Twitter (you do not need to be a Twitter user to view):


 Overcoming Challenges to Ecological Restoration in the 21st Century

April 1-3 @ Bloomington, IN

The Eighth Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will be held at Indiana University. The Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium will be there with an exhibit booth and Coordinator Craig Maier will present on the consortium's efforts to collect land manager observations of fire effects on invasive plant species.

20th Central Hardwood Forest Conference

3/28-4/1 @ University of Missouri-Columbia

The Central Hardwood Forest Conference is a biennial meeting dedicated to the sustainability and improvement of the Central Hardwood forest ecosystem. The conference objective is to bring together forest managers and scientists to discuss research and issues concerning the ecology and management of forests of the Central Hardwood Region. The conference will be hosted by the University of Missouri and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, and the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

 Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society 2016 Annual Meeting

February 9-11, 2016 @ Mankato, MN

Highlights will included a plenary session on fire ecology.

Illinois Prescribed Fire Council 2016 Symposium

February 10, 2016 @ Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign, IL

A day of talks with time for discussions about fire ecology, fire operations, and safety. 

Burning Issues 3

February 2-3, 2016 @ Augusta, MI

The Burning Issues Symposium is organized around the challenges of integrating multiple prescribed fire objectives  in land management and restoration.  Organizing partners represent the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, Michigan DNR, Army National Guard, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Lake States Fire Science Consortium, and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium.

Prairies from Scratch: a Symposium

January 12 @ Fergus Falls, MN

Sponsored by the Prairie Reconstruction Initiative Advisory Team.

The Prairie Reconstruction Initiative Advisory Team will host a seminar for professionals who are engaged in prairie reconstruction. They will share a sneak peek at results from a retrospective study of several 4 - 14 year old plantings, comparing seeding methods (seed mix and planting technique) with the resulting plant community. A new prairie reconstruction database designed to document planting conditions, management actions and monitoring results will also be highlighted. This will be followed by an audience interactive panel discussion with some top prairie reconstruction experts. The day will conclude with an open discussion designed to explore and identify the most important next steps to build on past work and address uncertainties of prairie reconstruction.

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Advancing Ecology in Fire Management

November 16-20, 2015 @ San Antonio, TX

The theme of the Association for Fire Ecology's 6th Fire Congress is “Advancing Ecology in Fire Management.”  

"We continue to make a lot of progress in the development and dis­semination of new information.  Our challenge is to continue to bridge the ecology of fire with fire management, and facilitate more collaboration among researchers, educators and managers.  The opportunity to meet with each other face-to-face in a conference setting is invaluable to meeting this challenge."


2015 Natural Areas Conference

November 3-5 @ Little Rock, AR


Grassland Restoration Network

July 21-23, 2015 @ Hawley, MN

The Grassland Restoration Network organized presentations and discussion on restorations at scale and use of high diversity local ecotype seed. Field trips included tours through several stages of grassland reconstruction at Bluestem Prairie and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge.

2015 Iowa Prairie Conference: Working Prairies

July 15-17, 2015 @ Cedar Falls, IA

The Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa hosted the 2015 Iowa Prairie Conference. 

5th Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference

May 27-29, 2015 @ Tuscaloosa, AL

The goal of the Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference is to improve land stewardship through transfer of knowledge and technology of fire as a management tool and its role in a historical context. The conference brings together noted experts in research and management to present state-of-the-art information, perspectives, and syntheses on key issues and provides learning and networking opportunities to over 300 participants.

The Prairie Enthusiasts Annual Prairie Conference and Banquet

March 21, 2015 @ Stevens Point, WI

Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

October 20-22 @ Duluth, MN

The Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium and the Lake States Fire Science Network co-organized a special session on fire and invasive species.

Deeply Rooted in Restoration - 41st Annual Natural Areas Conference

October 15-17 @ Dayton, OH

2014 Ohio Prairie Conference - "Northwest Ohio Prairies: Making Connections"

September 13 @ Toledo, OH

Sustaining Oaks in the Chicago Wilderness Region

September 11 @ The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL

The partners in Chicago Wilderness are developing a plan to sustain oaks, both in urban sites and in natural areas. At this conference, the first draft of the Chicago Wilderness Oak Recovery Plan will be presented to gain feedback from a wide range of stakeholders who have an interest in the future of oaks.

Grassland Restoration Network

September 9-11 @ Nachusa Grasslands, IL