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Climate warming and precipitation redistribution modify tree–grass interactions and tree species establishment in a warm-temperate savanna.

In the Great Plains, the battle between trees and grassland is constantly being waged. Adaptations to fire, drought, and grazing, are grassland strategies for holding their ground, but is climate change weighting the outcome? Read out research brief to find out. The Oak Woodlands field trip to Pushmataha in October is great demonstration site to apply the science.


See Konza, and more....

WHAT: Visitors Day at Konza Biological Station
WHEN: September 27, 2014
WHERE: Manhattan, KS

Konza is part of a network of Long-term Ecological Research stations. They are a hub for grassland research in the region. Take advantage of the opportunity to see how they are using fire and grazing to learn about grasslands.
More Info & Registration
WHAT:  Training Exchanges From the Ground Up, Webinar
WHEN: January 21, 2015
Join Jeremy Bailey and Ben Wheeler as they discuss the strategy behind the Fire Learning Network's Training Exchanges and describe in detail how to create burn units across multiple landownerships in the Great Plains. Watch for announcements about CEUs.

More upcoming events:

WHAT: State and Transition Simulation Modeling Conference
WHEN: September 16-18, 2014
WHERE: Ft. Collins, CO

WHAT: Wildland Fire Smoke Workshop
WHEN: November 6-8, 2014
WHERE: Albuquerque, NM
WHAT: National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation
WHEN: October 23-24, 2014
WHERE: Washington D.C.

WHAT:Welcome to Becoming an Outdoors-Woman in Kansas
September 19-21
WHERE: Rock Springs, KS
They are offering a prescribed burn demonstration as part of the event! 
WHAT: International Wildland fire safety Summit and Human dimensions conference
WHEN: April 20-24, 2015
WHERE: Boise, ID

WHAT: 6th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress
WHEN: November 16-18, 2015
WHERE: San Antonio, TX
WHAT: Patch Burn Grazing annual meeting
WHEN: TBD 2015
WHERE: Pratt, KS hosted by Ed Koger


Equipment loan:


Sherry has a box full of thermocouples that may be loaned for projects. The hitch is that we'd like you to consider hosting a field tour of your project site in return for the loan.  Email Sherry at for details.

Grant opportunity:

JFSP annual call

The Joint Fire Science Program annual call for proposals is now open. There are some RFPS in this round that speak to fire issues in the GP. Fire weather folks, here's a chance to work on decision support tools that can make things like burn bans more effective and science based. There is a long list of fire social science needs in the GP too!  If you'd like us to provide a letter of support for your proposal (as well as other funding calls), please give us at least two weeks notice.  Also, we'd like to talk about how we can work with you to outreach your project, should you get funded.


'Fire and wildlife go together in the GP!

By Sherry Leis, Great Plains Fire Science Coordinator

In the eastern part of our region, we are familiar with the prairie-chickens both lesser and greater and maybe even the guessers, but in the NW, learning to manage sage grouse habitat has been much debated.  In the coming year, we'll be shifting our focus to the role of fire in maintaining these iconic species and more.  It has also been suggested that it would be productive to think about the effects of no fire on species.  We welcome your suggestions for key research findings to share over the next year....
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