Fire-Dependent Ecosystems and Wildlife in the Northern Lake States


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 ( 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.


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;

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


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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 ( 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 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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