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The recently released National Climate Assessment includes some convincing evidence of climate change, not just in on the horizon, but in progress.  This winter, we held a webinar on climate change in rangelands (recording available) and developed this research brief to help you be more aware of the potential changes we are expecting in the Great Plains as well as steps for mitigation.  Read the our research summary to learn more about strategies for adapting to climate change.


Butterfly tour and prescribed fire council meetings

WHAT: Butterfly and Pollinator Tour
WHEN: July 22, 2014
WHERE: Grand River Grasslands (Southern IA and Northern MO)
Get the full announcement here.  Space is limited.
Cosponsored with the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium.
A prescribed fire near Lincoln, NE.  Photo by Steve Winter.
WHAT:  Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council Meeting
WHEN: July15, 2014
WHERE: Kearney Holiday Inn
GP Fire Science will be on hand for the conference again this year.  Visit with us at the booth and learn about setting objectives, planning, economics, and more from invited speakers.  Watch our blog for details.
(Photo by Steve Winter)

More upcoming events:

WHAT: Kansas Prescribed Fire Council Meeting
WHEN: June 4th 9am-3pm
WHERE: Woodson Cty. Extension Bresner Hall, 711 S. Fry Ave.
Yates Center, KS

WHAT: Missouri Prairie Foundation 5th Annual Prairie Bioblitz
WHEN: June 7-8, 2014
WHERE: Gayfeather Prairie, Vernon County
WHAT: Missouri Prescribed Fire Council Business Meeting
WHEN: June 3, 2014
WHERE: MDC Credit Union, 2901 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City

WHAT: JFSP economics of fuel treatments call closes
WHEN: June 13, 2014 5pm


Eastern Redcedar-a guest post

By Adam Throckmorton

Prescribed fire at Pea Ridge National Military Park.

The “green glacier” is taking over the Great Plains. Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana), otherwise called the “green glacier” has been creeping west over the past century and is at a level of ecological disturbance some equal to the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s.

A critical tool for slowing this “green glacier” is the use of prescribed fire. Researchers are finding prescribed fire, in the right time and place, can slow the advance of eastern redcedar. Just as prescribed fires in western states can reduce fuel loads, mitigate potential future wildfire damage and help restore natural communities, prescribed fires in the Great Plains can act in a similar fashion.  READ MORE

More blog posts

On YouTube this Spring:

Season of Grass: The Prairie Rejuvenated after a Prescribed Burn

This time lapse video shows the recovery of tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills, near Manhattan Kansas after a spring prescribed fire.  Thanks for KSU for creating this video.

Understanding the Problem with Junipers in the Great Plains

We gathered researchers and managers at this workshop to examine the state of the science of juniper expansion and control. See presentations from Sam Fuhlendorf, John Briggs, Dirac Twidwell, and Larry Sanders.
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