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Project ID: 09-S-04-10

Year: 2010

Date Started: 06/01/2010

Ending Date:  06/30/2015

Title: Fire-Science Network and Delivery System for Fire-Dependent Ecosystems of the Northern Lake States

Project Proposal Abstract: Although fire management issues may be more conspicuous in other regions of the United States, almost all of the federal, state, tribal, non-government organizations (NGOs), and industrial resource management organizations in the northern Lake States are faced with the challenge of managing fire-dependent ecosystem types. These ecosystem types have been altered considerably over the past 150 years, significantly increasing fuel loadings in some ecosystems while shifting successional trajectories of others. Efforts to reduce hazardous fuel levels and restore these ecosystem types to more natural conditions are often complicated by the need to focus on multiple objectives, including wildlife habitat, commodity production, recreational opportunities, and amenity values. Managers in the northern Lake States region must balance these competing demands as they design their land management and restoration programs. With the support of the Joint Fire Science Program we have assessed the current state of fire science delivery and information needs in the northern Lake Sates. Using in-depth interviews and an internet-based survey, we have gained valuable insight with practitioners from representatives from a variety of organizations, including the U.S.D A. Forest Service (USFS), U.S.D.I Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and National Park Service (NPS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), state Departments of Natural Resources, and other NGOs from across the region. From these activities we found that: 1) Managers and scientists from across the region recognize the historical role that fire played in establishing local ecosystems and that the knowledge of these fire-dependent ecosystems varies; 2) Managers from across the region are currently using a variety of methods to restore forest conditions and reduce forest fuels, with mechanized thinning treatments being the most common but a desire to utilize prescribed fire (although they are concerned about the risks associated with using fire); 3) Several barriers exist for managers to incorporate the most current scientific information in their management plans, particularly with where they could find information as well as the time it takes to search for the information, and 4) In terms of information transfer, managers indicated they preferred to receive information from trusted management colleagues and overwhelmingly preferred experiential and interactive learning experiences (e.g., field trips to demonstration sites and interactive workshops). We propose a fire science consortium that will address these needs. We propose to: 1) host regional fire science conferences and meetings; 2) build upon our current consortium website and add a searchable database of information that will provide a knowledge bank of fire science information for the region; 3) develop a series of research reports and briefs on topics specified by consortium members; 4) interview well-experienced managers across the region and compile their experiences into web-based videos and a text; 5) develop a network of demonstration sites across the region and a voluntary set of protocols for monitoring fire-science related activities; and 6) conduct a meta-analysis of fire science information for the region that will lead to a quantifiable and defensible analysis of knowledge gaps. The proposed consortium will build off of the existing network we have developed and will be governed by an advisory board and managed by a program manager/coordinator under the direction of the advisory board and PIs.

Principal Investigator: Patrick C. Goebel

Agency/Organization: Ohio State University

Branch or Dept: School of Environment & Natural Resources-Wooster


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Audrey Keidel

Ohio State University

Office of Sponsored Programs

Co-Principal Investigator

Robert G. Corace III

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Seney NWR

Co-Principal Investigator

David M. Hix

Ohio State University

School of Environment & Natural Resources-Columbus

Co-Principal Investigator

Randall K. Kolka

Forest Service

NRS-Northern Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Brian J. Palik

Forest Service

NRS-Northern Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Eric L. Toman

Ohio State University

School of Environment & Natural Resources-Columbus

Co-Principal Investigator

Robyn S. Wilson

Ohio State University

College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Science

Collaborator/Contributor

Robert H. Ziel

Alaska

DNR-Division of Forestry-Fairbanks

Federal Cooperator

Tim Hepola

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Region 3-Fire Management Office


Project Locations

Consortium

Lake States


Level

State

Agency

Unit

STATE

MN

FED

ALL

STATE

WI

FED

ALL

STATE

MI

FED

ALL


Project Deliverables

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