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Monday
Feb082016

February Webinars

NOTE: The links to each webinar will go live from this page on 2/16 and 2/23, respectively.

2/16: What Are Our Windows of Opportunity: Understanding Weather Suitability for Prescribed Burns 
Jed Meunier, Research Ecologist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
February 16, 2016  1pm CT

Interest in the timing of prescribed fire is growing throughout the region with prescribed fire as an increasingly important tool to meet a wide array of land management objectives. In Wisconsin, the majority of prescribed burns occur within a relatively short time period in spring. However, projections of greater variability in both precipitation and drought for this region have the potential to complicate prescribed burn planning. Average precipitation in the Great Lakes region, for example, is projected to increase in both winter and spring with greater intensity and frequency of heavy precipitation events while at the same time summer moisture limitations will likely become more common. It may become increasingly difficult to implement prescribed fires within suitable prescription ‘windows’ (e.g. ranges of relative humidity, wind, temperature, antecedent moisture, etc.). In recognizing this, we have assessed barriers to prescribed burning generally for 58 burn coordinators in southern Wisconsin and have evaluated suitable burn ‘windows’ by season. We have also compared burn ‘windows’ to conditions when burns were conducted on state lands for the past 10 years. In addition to current land management issues, we have attempted to evaluate our results within a historical fire framework.

2/23: National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecasts and Parameters
Casey Sullivan, Forecaster/Meteorologist
National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville office
February 23, 2016  1pm CT

Get the latest updates on the fire weather forecast. This webinar will include an overview of the various forecasts available and the parameters used by the National Weather Service, with a brief discussion of some of the more critical parameters.
Thursday
Dec172015

Archived WEBINAR - PAST FIRE AND PRESENT-DAY MESOPHICATION: IMPLICATIONS FOR OAK ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

Thanks to our presenter Dr. Gregory Nowacki for a great discussion of oak ecology and mesophication. Thanks also go to our co-sponsors -- the Society for Ecological Restoration Midwest/Great Lakes Chapter and the Lake States Fire Science Consortium -- and especially to everyone who joined us for this webinar. 

This webinar is now archived, and can be viewed via our co-sponsor, the Lake States Fire Science Consortium.

To visit their website and view the archived webinar through the Adobe Connect platform, please click on the following link or copy and paste into your browser:

http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p644jpxuo35/

Wednesday
Feb262014

Elements of the National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecast (Archived Talk)

Achived presentation

 Thanks to our great presenter, Casey Sullivan, and to everyone who joined us for this webinar on March 5. 

This webinar is now archived, and can be viewed on the website of our co-sponsor, the Lake States Fire Science Consortium.

To visit their website and view the archived webinar, please click on the following link or copy and paste into your browser:

http://lakestatesfiresci.net/webinar_3_5_14.html

A document with contact information for fire weather forecasters at National Weather Service field offices is now available to download.

Description:
Casey Sullivan provided an overview of the National Weather Service fire weather forecast program and discussed elements of the fire weather forecast available to any fire practitioner. The hourly weather graph and definitions of surface winds were emphasized.

About the presenter:

Casey Sullivan is a forecaster and meteorologist at the National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville office and is the fire weather program manager. He is the fire weather program manager, acting as the liaison between the staff at the Chicago office and the local fire and land managers. He works with fire/land managers who perform prescribed fires or respond to wildfires, including staff at the U.S. Forest Service Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, National Park Service Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, home to more than 5 million residents.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb122014

Responses of a rare reptile to prescribed fire (archived talk)

Archived presentation

This webinar was co-sponsored with the Lake States Fire Science Consortium. Thanks to our great presenter! The webinar is now archived on the Lake States' site: http://lakestatesfiresci.net/webinar_2_13_14.html

Topic: Fire effects on rare species

When: February 13

Title: "Multi-scale Responses of Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) to Prescribed Fire"

Presenter: Matthew D. Cross, Bowling Green State University