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Project ID: 11-S-3-4

Year: 2012

Date Started: 01/01/2012

Ending Date:  09/30/2019

Title: Oak Woodlands Fire Science Exchange

Project Proposal Abstract: With respect to fire management and practices, one of the most overlooked regions lies in the middle of the country (Pyne 2009). In this oak-dominated region exists expansive areas of fire-dependent communities such as woodlands, forests, savannas, and barrens. Overall, there exists a critical need for recognition of fires ecological importance, sharing of fire information, and understanding fire as a management tool. Fire science delivery in this region relies primarily on scientific publications or presentations, if the research is disseminated at all. Additionally, there is no formal fire science delivery system with most managers receiving fire science information by informal sharing with colleagues or agency (state and federal) scientists. In our region there are smaller fire information sharing groups such as The Nature Conservancys Fire Learning Network and state prescribed fire councils, however there is limited correspondence, collaborative activities, or advertisement by these groups, particularly at a larger scale and related to regional fire regimes. We propose to develop the Midwest Oak Woodland and Forest Fire Consortium (MOWFFC) to promote the dissemination of fire information across a section of the interior U.S. and serve the fire information needs of natural resource managers working in oak-dominated and oak-pine communities such as woodlands, forests, savannas, and barrens. This consortium aims to promote fire information sharing and work towards establishing partnerships among fire professionals. The consortiums goal will be to enable researchers and managers to share their combined experiences studying and managing fire. Based on end-user needs assessments, the MOWFFC fire science delivery and outreach will utilize the web-based applications, face-to-face interactions, social media, publications, and meetings.

Principal Investigator: Michael C. Stambaugh

Agency/Organization: University of Missouri-Columbia

Branch or Dept: Forestry

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

David Garrison

Forest Service

NRS-Northern Research Station

Budget Contact

Elizabeth O. Bent

University of Missouri-Columbia

College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

Daniel C. Dey

Forest Service

NRS-Central Hardwoods

Co-Principal Investigator

Keith W. Grabner

USGS-Geological Survey

Columbia Environmental Research Center

Co-Principal Investigator

Richard P. Guyette

University of Missouri-Columbia


Co-Principal Investigator

Joseph M. Marschall

University of Missouri-Columbia


Co-Principal Investigator

Gary D. Wilson

NPS-National Park Service

Homestead National Monument

Funding Cooperator

Daniel C. Dey

Forest Service

NRS-Central Hardwoods

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Oak Woodlands








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