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Upcoming Conferences

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.

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.

Registration is free but required. Lunch will be available for purchase on the day of the event for $10.


2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems 

January 15-16, 2016 @ East Lansing, MI

Organized by The Stewardship Network, the goal of this conference is to provide participants with opportunities to connect with natural areas professionals, volunteers, and researchers with decades of experience as well as students and newcomers to the field; and discover new ideas and techniques to put into practice. 

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.

Illinois Prescribed Fire Council 2016 Symposium

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

The planning team is cooking up a good day of talks with time for discussions with your colleagues about fire ecology, fire operations, and safety. 20 minute talks with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. Poster session during breaks and lunch.

Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society 2016 Annual Meeting

February 9-11, 2016 @ Mankato, MN

Highlights will include a plenary session on fire ecology.


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 call for abstracts is open.  The deadline for submission of abstract proposals for contributed oral and poster presentations is January 11, 2016.

2016 North American Prairie Conference

July 17 -20, 2016 @ Illinois State University

Save the date!

The 24th North American Prairie Conference will include 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 are planned to large scale high diversity restorations at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (19,000-acres & Bison), Nachusa Grassland (3,000-acres & Bison), and Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands (7,000-acres) as well as a diversity of other locations throughout the region.

You can also preview the call for abstracts. Abstract Submission begins on February 1 and closes on April 15, 2016.

North American Congress for Conservation Biology: Communicating Science for Conservation Action

July 17-20, 2016 @ Madison, WI

Through numerous plenaries, symposia, concurrent sessions, workshops, short courses and field trips, we will advance discourse in many conservation disciplines, from biological to social sciences. The 2016 congress will provide an open platform to foster collaborative partnerships, and to create and adapt emerging ideas, technologies, and methods in conservation science.

The call for presentations is now open until January 20th.

Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

October 17-19, 2016 @ La Crosse, WI

Save the date!

The goal of UMISC is to strengthen management of invasive species, especially prevention, control, and containment. Conference Hosts are the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, Midwest Invasive Plant Network, Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council, and the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council.


Recent Events

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