Utilizing Fire as A Tool in Managing Oak Ecosystems

Save the Date – July 25, 2018


Partners designed this workshop to increase awareness and understanding of tools for assessing the condition of oak ecosystems and potential management scenarios. Management scenarios address a range of objectives, including:

  • utilizing and regenerating the oak timber resource,
  • managing for wildlife habitat requirements, and
  • assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded (ecological restoration).

The content will be most relevant to oak savannas, woodlands, and forests in the Driftless Area.

Key topics include:

  1. Oak ecosystem fundamentals: biology of dominant oak species and oak ecosystem disturbance regimes in the Driftless Area
  2. Understanding terms and tools used in oak silviculture and prescribed burn planning and implementation
  3. Fire effects on oak timber values (damage to residual trees, changes in stand volume and species composition)
  4. Coupling invasive species treatment, timber harvest, and fire
  5. Fire and Wisconsin’s Managed Forest Law
The workshop includes a morning field tour of private land enrolled in the Managed Forest Law, including stands where prescribed fire has been used to meet management objectives. Following lunch, our featured speakers will deliver short presentations and participate in a question and answer discussion.

Featured Speakers

Dan Dey, research forester, US Forest Service Northern Research Station (Columbia, Missouri)

Joe Marschall, senior research specialist, Missouri Tree-Ring Laboratory; coordinator, Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium (Columbia, Missouri)

Our featured speakers will participate in the workshop in 3 ways:

  • each will deliver information via webinars scheduled for June and July
  • share information during the field tour, and
  • present more detailed information and participate in a panel discussion during the afternoon session.


Who Should Attend?

  • Foresters
  • Wildlife biologists
  • Land managers
  • Soil and water conservation staff

Continuing education units will be available through SAF, The Wildlife Society, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)


Iowa County, southwest Wisconsin

Registration details to come.

Organizing partners:

  • Society of American Foresters Southwest Wisconsin Chapter
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Forest Stewards Guild
  • Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium