"Prescribing Fire For Woodland Restoration: How Is Success Measured?"
January 30-February 1 (Link to registration)
SAF (1.75 Cat 1CFE) and TWS (2 Cat 1) Continuing Education Credits!
Fire is frequently prescribed as a tool for restoring woodlands across many Missouri landscapes, though with some uncertainty regarding what constitutes ‘success’. This workshop will follow a panel discussion format, with four panel members each giving a 15 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute facilitated panel discussion. The goal of this workshop is to foster fire science information sharing amongst fire practitioners, land managers, and research scientists regarding the application of prescribed fire toward woodland restoration efforts in Missouri and the challenges of measuring success.
Four panel members will cover different components of woodland restoration: social and economic values, botanical diversity, wildlife diversity, and tree dynamics.
Workshop Organizing Committee: Joe Marschall, Michael Stambaugh, and Keith Grabner of the Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium (contact: Joe Marschall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-884-9262; 203 ABNR Building, University of Missouri, 65211)
Moderator: Dan Drees, Fire Ecologist, National Park Service Ozark Highlands Group
Topics and Presenters:
1) Social and economic goals of the Mark Twain Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) project
Brian Davidson - USDA Forest Service
2) Tree species composition, structure and dynamics of woodlands
Dr. John Kabrick - USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
3) Botanical diversity as a measure of success and seasonality implications
Allison Vaughn – Missouri Department of Natural Resources
4) What animal species benefit from woodland restoration? Examples from case studies and life history requirements
Mike Leahy – Missouri Department of Conservation