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Volume 1:2 2012

Great Plains Fire Science Newsletter

Building Collaborations:
 Prescribed fire expands across Kansas

Map showing Kansas Prescribed Fire Council activities

Kansas Prescribed Fire Council:
Westward Ho!

  • Partnerships support existing good work of eastern Kansas fire culture while fostering prescribed fire culture in western Kansas. 
  • The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, and the Kansas Forest Service are adding staff or contributing support to help prescribed fire become a vital part of western Kansas land management.
  • Partners will coordinate prescribed fire activities on private lands through prescribed burn associations.

Niobrara Valley
Prescribed Fire Association:
Helping landowners in six counties

Ranchers became increasingly concerned as they helplessly watched their grass disappear under the trees and had to reduce herd sizes or find alternative pastures to compensate for the loss. Mechanical and chemical treatments are expensive and labor intensive. Prescribed fire has proven effective for controlling cedar, but a strong cultural bias against prescribed fire delayed the use of fire as a range management tool. 
Then the Niobrara Valley Prescribed Fire Council was born.
Photo of Steuter Ranch, NE Sandhills: Stephen Winter

Great Plains Fire Learning Network: Reconnecting people,lands and fire

The Fire Learning Network (FLN) supports public-private collaboration and innovation to help scale up fire restoration.
Read about FLN focal landscapes in the Great Plains region, how they support burn associations, prescribed fire training exchanges, volunteer fire department training, and more...
Photo below: Susanne Hickey

Upcoming Events:

November 16  Deadline for Joint Fire Science Program call for proposals .
October 18     Introduction to the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System.
October 26     Research-based Answers to Burning Questions about the Ecology of Prescribed Fires, Chicago Botanical Garden.
December 3-7  Association for Fire Ecology meeting, Portland, OR.
January 24-25  KS Natural Resource Conference.
January 29-31      Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Regional Fire Conference / Dubuque, IA.
January 30-February 1   MO Natural Resources Conference.
Februrary 3-7  Fire information workshop @ Society for Range Management Annual meeting, Oklahoma City.


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