The Lek Volume 2:3 June 2013

Mini Grants and more...
Mini Grants Available!

Outreach Funding Support

Announcing a mini grant program to support the development of fire science outreach materials such as fact sheets, syntheses, webinars, etc.  
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Fire and People - Part 3

understanding how people view fire....

This article is part of a series highlighting results from a recent report.  This report took a national look at how people view fire.  Some of the conclusions are counter to conventional wisdom in the field. 

McCaffery and Colleagues asked participants what they understood the message of Smokey the Bear to be telling them.  Survey participants responded that Smokey's message is to be careful with fire, not that fire itself is bad.  As a whole, participants understood that fire is an important process.  Often times, firefighters blame Smokey for non-acceptance of fire, but there are other underlying causes when people do not support the use of fire.  Read the report to learn more about this surprising result. 
Read full report
Fire in the Great Plains Videos Released 
Great Plains Fire Science Exchange YouTube channel
Introducing our new landowner video series.  The series contains four videos featuring ranchers from around the region sharing their knowledge and wisdom of the use of fire.  Additional experts help to tell the stories of why burn, how to get started, challenges to burning, and the importance of partnerships.  A DVD including these and more is in progress!

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Upcoming Events
Prescribed fire at Chickasaw Recreation Area

Mark your calendars!

June 4  MO Prescribed Fire Council annual meeting. 6pm @ Conservation Employee Credit Union in Jefferson City.
June 21-22  Summer burning workshop.  Stillwater, OK. Travel assistance may be available.  Contact John Weir.
June 26
Summer burn tour @ Marietta, OK
July 16-18 Grassland Restoration Network @Columbia, MO contact MALISSA.UNDERWOOD@MDC.MO.GOV
July 15  Nebraska Rx Burn Conference. Kearney, NE
Contact for registration.

August 12-14  America's Grassland Conference Manhattan, KS
September 24 Prescribed Burn Planning Workshop.  310 White Swan Dr. Pickstown, SD. Registration required. Contact
September 25-26
Patch burn grazing working Group annual meeting at Buffalo Ridge Resort, Gary, SD.  Contact

October 8-10 Wildland Fire in the Appalachians / Roanoke, VA Information: and
November 14-16 Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference

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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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