Fire-Dependent Ecosystems and Wildlife in the Northern Lake States

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Fire-Dependent Ecosystems and Wildlife in the Northern Lake States

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), is a network of fire managers and scientists interested in the fire-dependent ecosystems of the northern Lake States region (http://www.lakestatesfiresci.net/). To enhance our existing understanding of disturbances, vegetation, and wildlife and the integration of this knowledge into the management of northern Lake States ecosystems, we are initiating an information exchange whereby we will:

1) improve our publically accessible wildlife-fire literature citation database1,2 by seeking input from wildlife professionals who might identify missed information, especially theses and dissertations;

2) evaluate state Wildlife Action Plans and other documents as appropriate and consult with state-level experts to identify wildlife (vertebrate species primarily) with high affinity for fire-dependent ecosystem types of particular interest to the LSFSC (i.e., not generalist species);

3) identify individuals and organizations across the northern portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario that are conducting related inventory, monitoring, research and management and communicate this information with other interested parties;

4) promote information exchange related to the above at one or more professional events (webinar and/or conference and/or field trips); and

5) use all the above to draft a research needs statement that will be presented to JFSP through the LSFSC.

WE REQUEST YOUR ASSISTANCE by:

1)  contributing citations of academic theses/dissertations and grey (i.e., agency) publications related to fire in northern (primarily forested) Lake States ecosystems;

2)  identifying individuals and organizations described under #3, above; and

3)  sharing this group with other interested parties.

For more information on the project or to subscribe to our email list, please contact Dr. Greg Corace (Seney NWR; greg_corace@fws.gov).

For more information on our existing literature database and/or to contribute additional citations, please contact Dr. Jessica Miesel (mieselje@msu.edu).

1 http://lakestatesfiresci.net/referencesearch.htm

http://www.lakestatesfiresci.net/uwm_spring2012.htm

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Latest Activity: Dec 7, 2015

Greg Corace

Fire and Wildlife in Mixed-Pine Ecosystems of Eastern Upper Michigan: A Field Tour

When: Thursday, 23 October 2014 from 10 AM to 4:00 PM ET

Where: Seney National Wildlife Refuge, meeting at Visitor Center

Who: Federal, State, and Private Land Managers and Scientists

 

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is a network of fire managers and scientists interested in fire-dependent ecosystems found in the region (http://www.lakestatesfiresci.net/). The goal of this field tour is to provide an opportunity for professional exchange among land managers and scientists interested in mixed-pine (red pine-dominated) ecosystem conservation and restoration, the role of fire in both, and related implications for non-game wildlife. The tour will consist of visits to “benchmark” and “altered” stands (jack pine-dominated sites).  Treatments to be discussed include variable retention harvests and mixed-severity prescribed fire. Sites will be visited that are now waiting prescribed fire, those burned recently, and those stands burned some time ago. We will summarize published papers on fire history, vegetation structure and composition, treatment effects, and wildlife communities, while promoting exchange among attendees re: the role and application of prescribed fire (or managed wildfire).

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Dr. Greg Corace (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR) at Greg_Corace@fws.gov. Deadline for RSVP is Tuesday 21 October at NOON ET. Individuals from the same office are encouraged to share a vehicle to limit the train through the refuge. A wash-down station will be provided to minimize the spread of invasive plants from vehicles. Lunch is the responsibility of each attendee and will occur in the field.

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Comment by Greg Corace on December 7, 2015 at 3:26pm

Check out this recent article in the Winter Issue of The Wildlife Professional: Fire-dependent Ecosystems and Wildlife written by members of this working group. We discuss knowledge gaps in the northern Lake States and the importance of creating a dialogue on this topic to better integrate science with land management. 

Comment by Greg Corace on February 12, 2014 at 1:54pm

Webinar March 27 2PM ET: Fire and Wildlife Research/Inventory/Monitoring Knowledge Exchange

The link is: http://lakestatesfiresci.net/webinar_3_20_14.html (Webinar has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 27)

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), is a network of fire managers and scientists interested in the fire-dependent ecosystems of the northern Lake States (http://www.lakestatesfiresci.net/). To enhance our existing understanding of disturbances, vegetation, and wildlife and the integration of this knowledge into the management of northern Lake States ecosystems, we are initiating an information exchange whereby we will:

1) improve our publically accessible wildlife-fire literature citation database by seeking input from wildlife professionals who might identify missed information, especially theses and dissertations;
2) evaluate state Wildlife Action Plans and other documents as appropriate and consult with state-level experts to identify wildlife (vertebrate species primarily) with high affinity for fire-dependent ecosystem types of particular interest to the LSFSC (i.e., not generalist species);
3) identify individuals and organizations across the northern portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario that are conducting related inventory, monitoring, research and management and communicate this information with other interested parties;
4) promote information exchange related to the above at one or more professional events (webinar and/or conference and/or field trips); and
5) use all the above to draft a research needs statement that will be presented to JFSP through the LSFSC.

We will discuss the above and identify ways in which audience members can help by:

1)  contributing citations of academic theses/dissertations and grey (i.e., agency) publications related to fire in northern (primarily forested) Lake States ecosystems;
2)  identifying individuals and organizations described under #3, above; and
3)  forwarding this information to other interested parties.

Dr. Greg Corace is a Wildlife Biologist at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, and is a co-PI on the Lake States Fire Science Consortium funded by the multi-federal agency Joint Fire Science Program.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Greg Corace (greg_corace@fws.gov).

Comment by Greg Corace on February 5, 2014 at 1:46pm

Feedback Needed: Fire-Wildlife in the Northern Lake States

 

Fire-dependent ecosystems can be defined as those in which composition, structure, and function changes when fire is removed. In the northern Lake States, a number of fire-dependent ecosystems can be found, both upland and wetland. Wildlife species whose regional distribution and abundance were historically (or currently) highly associated with fire-dependent ecosystem types can themselves be considered fire-dependent as ecosystem patterns associated with their habitats were historically provided by the ecological process that is fire. However, our current lack of understanding of the role fire plays in providing habitat for a suite of species limits our management efficacy.

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), is a network of fire managers and scientists interested in the fire-dependent ecosystems found in the mostly forested northern tier of the Lake States region (http://www.lakestatesfiresci.net/). To enhance our existing understanding of disturbances, vegetation, and wildlife and the integration of this knowledge into the management of northern Lake States ecosystems, we are initiating an information exchange. As the first step in this process we used literature and breeding distribution maps to identify species we considered to be fire-dependent.  Our primary focus was on extant species and those species whose current or past geographic distribution and abundance were highly associated with fire-dependent ecosystems. However, we ultimately included extirpated species in this work due to the chance for reintroductions, and included a few introduced species as well. Species considered to be generalists were not included. For each species, the binomial, general ecosystem type used by the species, and conservation status in Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ontario, and Wisconsin was identified. We now request expert opinion and feedback on this list of species. Any edits and comments can be directed via email to Greg Corace at Seney NWR: greg_corace@fws.gov. Comments and suggestions are welcome at any time, but the next steps in the process will begin by 1 March 2014.

 

R. Gregory Corace, III and Dawn S. Marsh

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, 1674 Refuge Entrance Road, Seney, MI 49883, Phone: 906.586.9851x14, E-mail: Greg_Corace@fws.gov

Lindsey M. Shartell

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, E-mail: Lindsey.Shartell@state.mn.us

LSFSCSpecies1.28.14.xlsx

Comment by Greg Corace on January 4, 2014 at 3:54pm

Specific Instructions for LSFSC Internship Program Proposals

http://lakestatesfiresci.net/interns_2014.htm?utm_source=Lake+State...

Comment by Greg Corace on January 4, 2014 at 3:52pm

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium is extending the deadline for the 2014 LSFSC Internship Program Proposals to January 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM EST/5:00 PM CST.  The 2014 Intern Program is designed to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together by funding research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region.  Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve fire and/or forest management locally.  Again, proposals are now due January 17, 2014 by 6:00 PM EST/5:00 PM CST.  For more information, including specific instructions, please CLICK HERE.

Comment by Greg Corace on December 19, 2013 at 9:10am
For those working in the mostly forested, northern tier of MN, WI, and MI you should be aware that the Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) has a request for proposals for a small grants program to seed researcher-manager-intern projects (see today's webinar below on this topic). Projects involving wildlife, fire, and fire-dependent ecosystems (wetland and upland) will be looked on favorably.

See the LSFSC website for more information or email Greg Corace at Seney National Wildlife Refuge (Greg_Corace@fws.gov).
Thank you.

Lake States Fire Science Webinar Today

 
Thursday, December 19, 2013
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central)

A 3-part Webinar on Manager – Scientist Relationships:
Lessons Learned from the 2013 LSFSC Internships

The Application of Prescribed Fire and Herbicide to Reduce Carex pensylvanica Cover at the Newaygo Prairies Research Natural Area, Manistee National Forest, Michigan 
 
Mapping Post-fire Jack Pine Regeneration across a Recently-burned Area
in Northern Lower Michigan to inform Kirtland’s Warbler Management
 
Impacts of Forest Fire on Mercury Concentrations in Fish from Northern Minnesota Lakes: Implications for Management
 

WEBINAR LINK

https://carmenconnect.osu.edu/dec_2013_intern

 

 

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