7th Annual Burning Issues Workshop & 21st Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting - Virtual


Over the three virtual mornings they will explore topic areas that are planned with and for the diverse community interacting around fire-related issues, and seek to further understanding and communication to support continued work toward collaborative fire management and research solutions.

Overview of the Workshop

The 2021 Workshop is Virtual

Registration is Free

Registrants will receive the detailed agenda, Zoom Meeting information, and will be asked to submit question(s) for each Panel Discussion via a multiple choice survey

General Agenda for the Three Days

Tuesday February 2, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM Eastern

Panel on Wildland Fire COVID Compromises

An interactive panel discussion that includes representation from local MI Fire Departments, Non-Governmental Organizations, Burn Consultants/Contractors, MI-DNR, USDA-Forest Service, and Eastern Area Team will share how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected wildland fire management and preparedness

Role of situational presence in situational awareness – Clark McCreedy, USDI-Fish and Wildlife Service

Two other presentations TBD

Wednesday February 3, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM Eastern

Presentations and Panel on Fire History in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region

This session includes experts in fire-scar analyses and paleoecology including David Nelson - University of Maryland – paleoecology; Michael C. Stambaugh - University of Missouri tree-ring fire scar history; Jed Meunier - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – tree-ring fire scar history; and Colleen M. Sutheimer - University of Wisconsin-Madison – peatlands fire history

Thursday February 4, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM Eastern

Presentations and Panel on Prescribed Fire Councils

Representatives from State and Regional Prescribed Fire Councils will present on issues and successes within their respective Councils, including Pennsylvania RX Fire Council - Jenny Case, North Carolina RX Fire Council – Laurel Kays, Northern California RX Fire Council – Lenya Quinn-Davidson, and The Northeast and Midwest Regional Prescribed Fire Council - Jonathan Stober



For any questions please contact Jack McGowan-Stinski, mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu, 989-287-1734, or Craig Maier, cmaier.tpos.firescience@gmail.com

Organizers and Planning Team:

Michele Richards – Michigan Army National Guard

Craig Maier –Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium

Jack McGowan-Stinski – Lake States Fire Science Consortium

Paul Charland – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dave Borneman – Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Manager City of Ann Arbor

Paul Mayer - Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Coordinator

Glenn Palmgren – Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Dakota Szczepanski – Michigan Army National Guard

Andy Vander Yacht – Michigan State University

For More Information


Feb 2, 2021 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Feb 3, 2021 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Feb 4, 2021 9:00 am to 12:00 pm



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