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Cattle with many flies on it standing in grassland.
WEBINAR: Fire and parasites: Implications for animal and human ecology and strategic management. 
Presented by Dr. Derek Scasta of the University of Wyoming.
WHEN: January 20, 2016  
2:30-3:30 pm CST

DETAILS: No registration needed. Follow the link, type your name, and click the guest radial button at webinar time to join.



First Approximation of Prescribed Fire Risks

As a fire ecologist, I am often asked about alternatives to fire for grassland management. This research article considered that question from the perspective of safety.  It is difficult to obtain data on accident rates for prescribed fire. The researchers used available data for fire fatalities compared to fields of work that utilize related skill sets. Read our research summary for a first effort to look at safety of prescribed fire compared to alternative land management strategies.



Effects of fall burning

We have compiled a summary of presentations and related resources on fall burning as a follow up to a recent field day in the Flint Hills of Kansas. If you couldn't make the trip, read our research summary to access many resources in an easy-to-use format.

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An interview with John Weir


John Weir was recently awarded the Henry Wright lifetime achievement award by the Association for Fire Ecology. John has played an instrumental role in forming and advocating for burn associations and training new fire ecologists and agency staff in the use of prescribed fire. We thought you might like to learn a little more about John.  Here's an excerpt from our interview with him.

GPE: How did you come to get interested in working with fire?

JW: Honestly, I liked to set stuff on fire when I was a kid so it comes naturally. It did start at an early age. When I was in Jr. High, I also noticed how wildfires impacted the trees and the grass grew back. I knew Native Americans burned a lot, so I kept putting things together and figured out that fire was important. Then when I went to college, I got to help with a NRCS [Natural Resource Conservation Service] burn that was exciting. Then going to Texas Tech, I got to burn a lot with Dr. Henry Wright and work on several fire research projects. That really got me going even more. Then, I ended up at Oklahoma State running the OSU Range Research Station, and fire was very central to the research and work going on there, so I just fit right in and have not looked back since.

Read on....
Read the interview


WHAT: Field trip to Aransas wildlife refuge: Whooping crane and prescribed fire (part of the Society for Range Management annual meeting)
WHEN: February 4, 2016
WHERE: Corpus Christi, TX 

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WHAT: Niobrara Valley Preserve Training Exchange (TREX)
WHEN: March 19-27, 2016
Application deadline: February 2 
WHERE: near Johnstown, NE
DETAILS: The GPE is sponsoring participants with tribal affiliation to attend this event. For more information contact Sherry:
Be sure to indicate your affiliation on the application.

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More upcoming events:

WHAT: North American Prairie Conference
WHEN: July 17-20
WHERE: Normal, IL

WHAT: 5th Fire and Behavior and Fuels conference
WHEN: April 11-15, 2016
WHERE: Portland, OR or Melbourne, Australia
WHAT: Nebraska Prescribed Fire Workshops
WHEN: Various dates through March
WHERE: Various locations  

WHAT: Kansas Prescribed Fire Workshops
WHEN: Various dates through February
WHERE: Various locations

Fire Science Roundup

By Kristen Kohlhepp, Graduate Student Volunteer

Each quarter we try to bring you a summary of research articles we've learned about that we determine are relevant to the Great Plains Fire Science Community.  We appreciate articles you send to us to add to the list. We also draw upon compilations of citations sent out monthly by Jason Greenlee of Current Titles in Wildland Fire.  You can read the full installment of the Winter 2016 Fire Science Round-Up here.

Webinars available on YouTube

Winter is an excellent time to catch up on webinars that you couldn't fit in last year. We've been working to archive all our webinars on YouTube for easy access. Our webinars are archived in a Playlist entitled "Webinars" on the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange channel. For each webinar announcement on our website, we've included a link to the recording and additional resources if they were available. You can search either by topic or presenter's name in the search bar of the website.
Watch recorded webinars

Contribute to Landfire BpS updates

LANDFIRE  biophysical settings (BpS) are models that describe ecosystems and their fire regimes. They utilize state and transition models and expert knowledge. These models are used by researchers and managers for a variety of purposes, from GIS and mapping analysis projects to basic understanding of ecosystems and fire. Please consider contributing to an update of these models for the Great Plains! You can provide updates to the ecosystems you wish to work on from your office; no need to travel.

We all have a lot on our plates, but if you can carve out some time to work on this, you'd be doing the whole community a huge service! You can learn more here. Some upcoming webinars can help you learn more about the process:

Landfire Webinars

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