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Project ID: 10-1-06-21

Year: 2010

Date Started: 06/15/2010

Date Completed: 04/01/2014

Title: Integrating Fuels Reduction and Pine Barrens Restoration in Endangered Kirtlands Warbler Habitat Management

Project Proposal Abstract: An important aspect of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 is to, provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved (Flather et al. 1998). However, in the case of the endangered Kirtlands warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii), a Neotropical migratory bird that utilizes young, dense stands of jack pine (Pinus banksiana) produced by stand-replacing wildfires, recovery actions that focus on jack plantations and other changes in land use have had the unintended consequences of homogenizing landscapes and ecosystems (Spaulding and Rothstein 2009), displacing rarer ecosystem types (Houseman and Anderson 2002), and producing fuel conditions that complicate prescribed fire management activities for future habitat management (USFWS 2009, Fig. 1). These alterations, relative to the pre-EuroAmerican landscape, have led to the need for the development of novel, landscape to patch-scale research that guides future multi-agency planning and management and integrates restoration of ecosystems, Kirtlands warbler habitat, and safe, effective fire management. To this end, we propose to quantify the pre-European distribution, abundance, and spatial patterns of young jack pine and jack pine barren ecosystems and integrate these findings into the restoration of barrens and the placement of fuel breaks. Concerns about fire management have led to fuel breaks (often 50-100 m swaths of open space similar to utility right-of-ways) being placed onto the landscape without multi-agency coordination or integration into habitat management. Providing a broad, spatial framework of these patterns across ownerships will provide guidance for future habitat management actions. Presently, the lack of coordination across agencies and jack pine ecosystem types has hampered the safe and effective application of prescribed fire for Kirtlands warbler habitat (USFWS 2009).

Principal Investigator: Robert G. Corace III

Agency/Organization: FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Branch or Dept: Seney NWR


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Patrick C. Goebel

Ohio State University

School of Environment & Natural Resources-Wooster

Co-Principal Investigator

Daniel M. Kashian

Wayne State University

Department of Biological Sciences

Co-Principal Investigator

Eric L. Toman

Ohio State University

School of Environment & Natural Resources-Columbus

Federal Cooperator

Tim Hepola

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Region 3-Fire Management Office

Federal Fiscal Representative

Katherine L. Spomer

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Region 3-Fire Management Office


Project Locations

Consortium

Lake States


Level

State

Agency

Unit

STATE

MI

FWS

Kirtlands Warbler National Wildlife Refuge


Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   3162 Journal Article Forest Ecology and Management
view or print   324 MS Thesis Influence of wildfire-induced stand structure on bird diversity patterns in jack pine ecosystems.
view or print   326 MS Thesis Ground-flora composition and diversity of young and mature wildfire-regenerated jack pine forests
view or print   286 MS Thesis Characterizing the Decision Process of Land Managers When Managing for Endangered Species of Fire Dependent Ecosystems: The Case of the Kirtland’s Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii Baird) (M.G.Myer)
    3717 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Integrating Fuels Reduction and Pine Barrens Restoration in Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat Management
    3718 Field Demonstration/Tour Wildfire and Structural and Compositional Patterns in Jack Pine Ecosystems of the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan: Implications for Restoration and Ecological Forestry
    3719 Invited Paper/Presentation What Influences the Decision Process of Land Managers When Managing for Endangered Species?
    3720 Invited Paper/Presentation Beyond Kirtland’s Warbler: Multi-Species Consequences to Jack Pine Ecosystem Management
view or print   3723 Final Report Supplement 2011 Annual Report
    4434 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Integrating Fuels Reduction and Pine Barrens Restoration in Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat Management: Overview
    4435 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Variability and Persistence of Post-Fire Biological Legacies in Jack Pine-Dominated Ecosystems of the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan
    3765 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Variability and Persistence of Post-Fire Biological Legacies in Jack Pine-Dominated Ecosystems of Northern Lower Michigan
view or print   6136 Final Report Supplement 2012 Annual Report
    6137 Training Session Variability and Persistence of Post-Fire Biological Legacies in Jack Pine-Dominated Ecosystems of Northern Michigan
    6138 Poster Forest Fuels and Vegetation in Wildfire-Regenerated Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.) Forests: Informing Ecological Forestry in the Lake States Region
    6139 Invited Paper/Presentation Snag Management in Pine Forest Types in Northern Michigan
    6140 Invited Paper/Presentation Research-Management Partnerships and Fire-Dependent Ecosystem Restoration: Case Studies from Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Upper Michigan
    6141 Invited Paper/Presentation Integrating Fuels Reduction and Pine Barrens Restoration in Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat Management

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