Upcoming Field Days

Have a suggestion for a field event to share information about research or lessons learned from prescribed fire implementation and monitoring? Please contact our Coordinator Craig Maier or Principal Investigator Paul Zedler with your suggestions.


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September 12 - Fire Ecology and Research in an Active Wildland-Urban Interface

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 9:00 A.M. to 3 P.M (Central time zone)

Rain date: Sept. 13

We'll tour long-term fire research sites, wildfire effects, and prescribed fire units in this 15,000 acre park, one of the most biologically diverse in the national park system.

Presenters from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and National Park Service (NPS) will share insights from their research, fire management (prescribed fire and wildfire response), and monitoring. We will spend most of the day in the field, using 16-passenger NPS buses to move people between field stops.

Topics include:
  • fire history,
  • long-term research in oak savannas and prairies,
  • managing rare wildlife species (including Karner blue butterfly, eastern massasauga rattlesnake, and bats)
  • managing invasive species, and
  • complexities of incorporating new science into fire management.

A mix of formal and informal presentations are planned. Speakers and other contributors will include:


  • Noel Pavlovic, Ecologist - plant communities, fire effects
  • Ralph Grundel, Ecologist - wildlife, endangered species 


  • Mel Whitenack, Fire Management Officer - prescribed fire operations
  • Neal Mulconrey, Biological Fire Tech, Prescribed Fire Tech – prescribed fire operations
  • Brandon Ramirez, Fire Station Captain – prescribed fire operations
  • John Kwilosz, Restoration Specialist – invasive species management 
  • Randy Knutson, Wildlife Biologist - resource management
  • Mary Fisher-Dunham, Fire Effects Program - fuels and fire effects monitoring (vegetation response data collection)  

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: 

  • Elizabeth McCloskey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, biologist – endangered species


To ensure your spot, please fill out and submit our short online registration form here:
Note: There is no cost to join this field day, but registration is required to help us keep group size small. Details for joining the tour will be shared by email following registration.

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