The Lek Volume 2:4 July, 2013

Year in Review...
Has it been a year already?

One full year of Great Plains Fire Science Exchange

We hope that over the last year, we have brought you interesting and important information to support your work in the field of fire.  In the last year, we have brought you quarterly newsletters, built a web resource center, provided travel assistance to workshops, organized two workshops, attended Prescribed fire council meetings, and given numberous presentations.  We also have helped the national fire community, including JFSP, hear your needs and concerns through several calls for survey participants. We have much more in store for you over the next 12 months.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog for timely events and research announcements.  Thanks for your support and we look forward to working with you down the line.
GP Products

GP Fire Science Products

You can find exclusive Great Plains Fire Science Exchange products on our website.  Our Products page will be undergoing a redesign so that you can more easily access the products we've designed for you, based on your feedback.  Look for:
  • Newsletter archives
  • Fire communications kit
  • Research summaries
  • Exclusive GP videos
  • Research briefs and factsheets
  • and more!

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Fire and Grazing in the Shortgrass

Fire management and ecology in the shortgrass prairie is less well studied than that in the tallgrass ecosystem of the region.  We are working to develop some products in the coming year to highlight the role of fire in shortgrass communities.  Recent discussions about the status of Lesser Prairie Chickens and expansion of Junipers highlight the need to better understand the role of fire in these communities. 

A recent article by Augustine and Derner (2012) in the J. of Wildlife Managment 76:721-728 discussed the role of fire, grazing, and prairie dogs in maintaining habitat for Mountain Plovers.  The researchers found that cattle grazing alone was not an adequete substitute for fire and prairie dog grazing.  Even at high stocking rates, cattle grazing did not create bare ground in the patterns needed for Mountain Plovers to thrive.

Read the paper

Upcoming Events
Prescribed fire at Chickasaw Recreation Area

Mark your calendars!

July 15 NE prescribed fire conference, Kearney NE @ the Holiday Inn.

August 12-14  America's Grassland Conference
Manhattan, KS

September 24  Sandtable planning training, Pickstown, SD.  1-5 pm. Contact Carol Blocksome for details.

September 25-26 Patch burn grazing annual meeting in Gary, SD.  Contact Pete Bauman for details.

October 8-10 Wildland Fire in the Appalachians / Roanoke, VA Information: and

October 16 Webinar: Butterflies and fire with Dr. Ray Moranz.  Watch for more announcements this fall.

November 14-16 Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference

February 2014  GPE funding renewal package due.


Who are we?

The Great Plains Fire Science Exchange is a network of landowners, managers, practitioners, and scientists interested in the fire-dependent grassland ecosystems of the Great Plains region.

The Great Plains Fire Science is part of the Joint Fire Science Program national network.

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GP Fire Science has a new addition.  For assistance, please contact Carol Blocksome, our Outreach Specialist, while Sherry gets to know her baby boy.

Rx Planning Workshop Offered

Do you have a tricky burn coming up?  Need more experience to boost your confidence running a burn?  Come to our prescribed burn planning workshop in September.  You'll have a chance to layout your burn unit in the sandbox and work through scenarios with experienced burn bosses in the region.  More details here.
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