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FIRE TRAINING PROJECT

Kansas Forest Service Mitigation Project


The Kansas Forest Service Mitigation Project was organized in 2005 to train fire science students at Hutchinson Community College (HCC) in wildland fire situations. Each year, more HCC fire science students have used their spring break to receive a taste of life as a wildland firefighter. The project is now in its 11th year, with 33 students participating last year.

In 2013, KFS received a grant from the US Forest Service to cover the cost of fuels reduction on public lands where life or property could be harmed in the event of a wildfire. Building on the interagency approach, KFS formed a cooperation with Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism. Since then, the project has been held at any Kansas state park in need of fuels mitigation.

As it continued to grow, the project required additional firefighters and equipment. The number of agencies involved increased, as well as the number of training opportunities. Wildland firefighters saw the Mitigation Project as an opportunity for off-season training and a chance to broaden their fire experience. This year the project will again expand on the skills of the KFS fire staff and cooperators as they meet in Hutchinson, KS for Mitigation 2015.

Read more about the Kansas Mitigation Project on our blog.

RESEARCH ROUND-UP

Spring 2015

 
We've "rounded up" some current fire science research! You can browse through several studies by clicking on the button below. Feel free to contact us with any research we should include in the next Round-Up.
 
Spring 2015 Research Round-Up

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

2015 Patch Burn Grazing Meeting

This year's patch burn grazing meeting will be held August 26-27, 2015, in Pratt, KS. This is an open call for abstracts for presentations to take place on August 26. Send proposed presentation title and abstract (less than 450 words) to petersonr408@gmail.com by July 10, 2015.

More details about the meeting will be announced soon.

FIELD TRIPS

Ethnobotany Field Day with Kelly Kindscher


Join us May 15, 2015, in Lawrence, KS for an ethnobotany walk. Dr. Kindscher will discuss traditional Native American uses of native plants for food and medicine, as well as relate these plants to prairie management and the use of fire. Learn more at our blog.

Registration has been filled, but interested parties should still contact us to be put on a waiting list.

Seeding Rate Study Field Trip


Join us on June 17, 2015 at the Shawnee Trail Conservation Area in SW Missouri to learn about an ongoing study to assess optimal amount of seed for prairie reconstructions. We will visit one study site as well as some related reconstructions in various stages of maturity.

Registration is free of charge. If interested, email petersonr408@gmail.com by May 25, 2015.

UPCOMING EVENTS

WHAT: Rancher Roundtable
WHEN: May 13-15, 2015
WHERE: Abilene, TX
MORE INFORMATION

WHAT: Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference
WHEN: May 27-29, 2015
WHERE: Tuscaloosa, AL
MORE INFORMATION

WHAT: FireWorks Educator Workshop
WHEN: June 18-19, 2015
WHERE: Missoula, MT
MORE INFORMATION

WHAT: SD Soil & Rangeland Days
WHEN: June 23-24, 2015
WHERE: Chamberlain, SD
MORE INFORMATION

WHAT: Grassland Restoration Network Workshop
WHEN: July 21-23, 2015
WHERE: Hawley, MN
MORE INFORMATION

WHAT: America's Grasslands Conference
WHEN: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2015
WHERE: Fort Collins, CO
MORE INFORMATION

WHAT: Association of Fire Ecology Fire Congress
WHEN: November 16-20, 2015
WHERE: San Antonio, TX
MORE INFORMATION

GET TO KNOW THE FIRE COMMUNITY

Robin Verble-Pearson, Ph.D.

 
Take a moment to read our recent interview with Robin Verble-Pearson, Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology at Texas Tech University. Dr. Verble-Pearson discussed fire-related findings from her research lab, her thoughts on grassland management, and advice for students seeking a career in fire research.

FROM OUR BLOG:

"For Love of the Land"

By Sherry Leis, Great Plains Fire Science Program Leader

My first love is prairie, but my home is perched above an Ozark's wooded hollow. I’ve walked down the ravine through my mini savanna into the bottomland woods many times repeating the words, "I need to burn this". I wanted to burn it to reduce the fuel load...
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