Webinars To Workshop: Using Fire as A Tool to Manage Oak Ecosystems

July 16 webinar: Managing Oak Ecosystems with Fire in the Eastern U.S.

July 20 webinar: Prescribed Fire Effects on Oak Timber Value

July 25 workshop: Using Fire as a Tool to Manage Oak Ecosystems

Participants in our July 25 workshop are strongly encouraged to join these webinars or view the recordings prior to the field tour.



Archived: Prescribed Fire Effects on Oak Timber Value

Prescribed Fire Effects on Oak Timber Value

July 20

Presenter: Joe Marschall, University of Missouri Tree-Ring Lab

Coauthors: Michael Stambaugh, Benjamin Knapp

Throughout much of the eastern U.S., prescribed fire is increasingly being applied to manage oak communities including glades, savannas, woodlands, and forests. Prescribed fire can be effective for decreasing woody stems, consuming fuels, opening forest canopies, promoting fire-tolerant tree and shade-intolerant herbaceous species, and restoring plant and animal species of conservation concern. Along with increased use, prescribed burn unit sizes have also trended upward (i.e., landscape-scale), and consequently, fires more frequently burn across sites containing merchantable trees with significant timber product value. Currently, there is much debate about whether applying prescribed fire and managing for timber products are mutually exclusive practices.

This webinar will discuss recent studies from Missouri that have evaluated fire effects on oak timber values. Fire effects will be considered at multiple scales: 1) damage to residual trees, and 2) changes in stand volume and species composition.

Examples of integration of prescribed fire and timber management practices will be provided and a framework for evaluating compatibility of these seemingly competing management objectives will be discussed.

To view the recording there are two options:

1) Register using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2741191731542926851

2) Or stream through the consortium's Vimeo page, where you can find this talk and more on oak savanna and woodland management.


Archived: Managing Oak Ecosystems with Fire in the Eastern U.S. 

Managing Oak Ecosystems with Fire in the Eastern U.S.

July 16, 1-2 pm Central

Presenter: Dan Dey, research forester, US Forest Service Northern Research Station

Sustaining oak forests and restoring oak savannas and woodlands are increasingly common management goals in the Midwest and Great Lakes Regions. Sustaining oak forests requires successful regeneration and recruitment into the overstory. The regeneration potential of oak following a disturbance or harvest that initiates stand regeneration is determined largely by the size structure of oak before the event. Collectively, regeneration from (1) seed, (2) advance reproduction, and (3) stump sprouts contribute to oak regeneration but vary in their competitive capacity. Oak regeneration potential is modified by site, competitor regeneration potential and management input.


Prescribed fire is increasingly being used to promote oak regeneration with mixed results, and it is required to restore oak savannas and woodlands. Oak has many silvical traits that make it well adapted to fire. Fire can promote oak regeneration, but it also can reduce it, promote competing vegetation including invasive species, and retard oak recruitment into the overstory. Fire is a tool that can be used to sustain oak forests if it is applied judiciously with knowledge of oak forest ecology and stand dynamics, and with basic forest inventory information. Combining prescribed fire with thinning or harvesting can be effective in increasing oak regeneration potential and dominance in future stands, and it is a good approach to accelerating the restoration of oak savannas and woodlands.

There are two options to view this recorded webinar: 
2) Or stream through the consortium's Vimeo page, where you can find this talk and more on oak savanna and woodland management.


This white oak seedling germinated at the workshop site in the fall of 2017.


Archived Webinar: Finding the Best Science Available on Fire Ecology and Fire Regimes in Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Woodland Ecosystems

A recording of this webinar is available to stream via the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium Adobe Connect site.


Finding the Best Science Available on Fire Ecology and Fire Regimes in Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Woodland Ecosystems

Robin Innes and Ilana Abrahamson
US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
This webinar was held on November 15, 2016.  

Managers and planners need scientifically sound information on historical fire regimes and contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes in tallgrass prairie and oak woodland ecosystems to make informed management decisions. To address this need, two new fire regime publications—Fire Regime Reports and Fire Regime Syntheses—are now available and spatially searchable in the recently updated user interface for the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS, www.feis-crs.org/feis/). FEIS staff defined 185 fire regimes by grouping the ~2,500 Biophysical Settings (BpS) models produced by LANDFIRE (www.landfire.gov/fireregime.php) according to similarities in vegetation, modeled fire-return intervals and fire severities, and geographic location. Fire Regime Reports are brief summaries of these models, while Fire Regime Syntheses add comprehensive, thoroughly documented reviews of the scientific literature to information in the Fire Regime Reports. Fire Regime Syntheses provide managers with the best science available on historical fire frequency, spatial pattern, extent, and seasonality; historical ignition sources; and typical patterns of fire intensity and severity. They also provide information on contemporary changes in fuels, especially in relation to their potential to influence fire regimes, and identify regions and plant communities lacking fire history data. Together, these publications help managers develop plans and make informed decisions about local management of fire and fuels. In the updated user interface, they are easy to access using a variety of search criteria, including plant community type and map location, and they are linked to nearly 1,100 FEIS Species Reviews.



Archived Webinar - State Fire Needs Assessments and LANDFIRE: A Case Study

A recording of this 43 minute presentation is available to stream or download from our Vimeo page

State Fire Needs Assessments and LANDFIRE: A Case Study

Sarah Hagen, TNC-LANDFIRE spatial analyst, discussed a statewide assessment of vegetation and prescribed fire management in Illinois.

View or download a copy of the Illinois Fire Needs Assessment (published Feb. 2016).

Check out LANDFIRE's Youtube channel - LANDFIREvideo - where you can stream a recording of this webinar, view other recordings and videos, and subscribe to the channel.