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Jun 16 2022 | 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT

Workshops, Trainings and Fieldtrips

Reintroducing fire in mixed and high-severity fire regimes: Prescribed fire planning, implementation and effects in lodgepole and subalpine forests

Join the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network (NRFSN) and prescribed fire experts from the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and the University of Montana for a day of discussion about planning and implementing prescribed burns in lodgepole or subalpine forests with mixed- or high-severity regimes. We’ll discuss the latest science and practices for working in these fuel types.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Burn objectives: when, where and why should we use prescribed fire in these ecosystems?
  • The planning process: developing the burn plan, site selection, ecological need, fuel treatment need, resource concerns, etc.
  • Implementation: burn prep, burn operations, weather considerations, successes and lessons learned.
  • Post-burn: fire effects, follow-up management, ecological/resource objectives and outcomes.

The field trip will be offered in two locations in western Montana: the Blackfoot watershed east of Missoula, and Good Creek north of Whitefish. Space may be limited due to parking logistics and COVID-19 precautions.