Workshop Proposals

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Upcoming Workshops



February 6-7 at Fort Custer National Training Center, Augusta, Michigan

This annual wildland fire workshop is designed to enable land managers, researchers, resource specialists, biologists, ecologists and fire practitioners an opportunity to hear and learn from different areas of expertise in a format designed to identify gaps in knowledge and communication, and work toward solutions to issues that complicate our collective wildland fire work.



2018 Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop 

Feb. 16 at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Registration closes Feb. 8.

The Wisconsin Winter Fire Workshop returns with an agenda designed to foster connections between presenters and other participants, and networking among all members of the the Wisconsin wildland fire community.


Whether you are mainly involved in fire suppression, prescribed fire, or research (or all three) you will find content relevant to your work or education. 


Previous Workshops

Annual Burning Issues Workshop 2017: In Sickness and In Health - Addressing Tough Decisions in Applying Fire to Degraded Habitats and Declining Species in the 21st Century


March 1-2, 2017 @ Fort Custer Training Center, Augusta, MI

These sessions are planned with and for the diverse community interacting around fire-related issues, and seek to build the understanding and communication to support further work toward collaborative solutions.

Topics in our plenary panel sessions included:

  1. The “Perfect” Burn: Defining Success
  2. Monitoring Your Outcomes: Plotting to Get the Data You Need
  3. Prescribed Fire and Oak Restoration
  4. Managing for Fire-dependent Wildlife

The “Perfect” Burn: Defining What Success Means To You or Your Organization


  • Lee Osterland (MI DNR) 
  • Dr. Todd Aschenbach (Grand Valley State University)


What is the "the perfect burn?” Interpretations of what makes a burn “perfect” varies dependent on objectives, agency/organizations, specialist views, level of fire science/fire implementation knowledge and experience, etc. However, in describing what we desire for the end result of a burn (do the fire effects meet the objectives and goals) we have the opportunity to talk about what we're looking for and what we hope to achieve, and separate out personal assumptions and expectations versus feasible effects.

Monitoring and Sharing Outcomes: Plotting to Get the Data You Need


  • Brian Stearns (USDA Forest Service – Huron-Manistee National Forests) 
  • Clair Ryan (Midwest Invasive Plant Network)


In this session we will discuss how a monitoring program needs to be designed to meet specific needs, and how a monitoring program adapts over time to inform management decisions. We frame the development of a monitoring program by addressing these questions: What did you need to know? How did you do it? How well did it work?

Managing Oak Ecosystems with Fire


  • Dr. Greg Nowacki (USDA Forest Service, Region 9)
  • Dr. Ben Jones (Pennsylvania Game Commission)
  • Dr. Todd Hutchinson (USDA Forest Service – Northern Research Station)


This session sets out to answer a couple of big questions about oak-dominated ecosystems: 1) What is mesophication, and why has lack of fire made it difficult to regenerate oak today? 2) What does reintroducing fire help us do in oak-dominated ecosystems? and 3) How do we combine fire and other tools to meet management objectives? Speakers in this session have been addressing these questions in oak woodlands and forests across the eastern United States.

Managing for Wildlife in Fire-dependent Ecosystems


  • Dr. Greg Corace (US Fish and Wildlife Service, Seney National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Mark Monroe (MI DNR)


The goals of prescribed fire or fuel reduction treatments may be to improve wildlife habitat, but fire management objectives and prescriptions are rarely defined by wildlife needs. This session will emphasize connecting fire management to wildlife needs. The research and case study are from northern lake states ecosystems, with general principles that can be applied to fire-dependent ecosystems south of the tension zone, as well.



Exploring the Implications of an Annual Autumnal Fire Regime


June 28, 2014 at Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, Iowa

Site host:

Chad Graeve, Natural Resource Specialist, Pottawattamie County Conservation, Iowa



  • Laura Reich, Wildlife Biologist with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois
  • Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, Director of Research, Conservation Research Institute


For details, see our workshop flier.


Oak Opening Workshop

Four recorded presentations from this workshop are available by following this link to videos on our Vimeo page: Oak Opening Workshop - Saturday March 9, Eagle WI