The Joint Fire Science Program fire exchange network and LANDFIRE have developed a series of webinars designed to help land managers and others understand and use data resources to assist them when making decisions regarding large landscape projects. Partners for this program include the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium and the Lake States Fire Science Consortium.
LANDFIRE 101 is the first in a 3-part webinar series tailored for the Tallgrass Paririe, Oak Savanna, and Lake States ecoregions. This introductory session will be followed by two case studies focusing on state-level assessment in Wisconsin, and integrating local knowledge and expertise into LANDFIRE products in Michigan.
1) LANDFIRE 101, September 17, 12:00 pm EST
Randy Swaty, Fire Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, offers a primer to LANDFIRE, aka “LANDFIRE 101,” that explains the suite of tools that are available those who need science-based data in order to restore/conserve/manage large landscapes in the U.S. Maps and application examples are focused on the Tallgrass Prairie, Oak Savanna and Lake States regions. He will describe what LANDFIRE is, where to get the products, how you can use them, when and how often the data is updated, and who to contact to learn more — all in 45 minutes or less. Though examples and maps refer to these consortia locations, information applies to all landscapes across the U.S. There will be time for Q & A.
You can register for the LANDFIRE 101 webinar here.
2) Assessing Needs, October 8, 12:00 pm EST
Tracy Hmielowski presents “Where should we burn? A Fire Needs Assessment for Wisconsin.” Given the limitations on prescribed fire resources, the Fire Science Consortia have developed a model, also known as the Fire Needs Assessment, to identify high priority areas for management with prescribed fire. We mapped fire dependent vegetation using the LANDFIRE Existing Vegetation Layer (EVT), and ranked management units based on the potential benefits, effort, and challenges associated with using prescribed fire on the landscape. Tracy will show how open access data and stakeholder involvement have shaped this project, and share the initial results of the Fire Needs Assessment. Tracy is a Fire Information Specialist with the Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. She is with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
You can register for the Assessing Needs webinar here.
3) Customizing Data, October 29, 12:00 pm EST
Don Helmbrecht, Wildland Fire Analyst, USDA Forest Service, TEAMS Enterprise Unit, presents “Local Customization of Fuels Data on the Huron-Manistee and Hiawatha National Forests.” Off-the-shelf LANDFIRE data is intended to support broad sub-regional to regional scale strategic planning efforts and may be 3-5 years out of date at the time of application. Don will show how local knowledge and expertise can be used to update LANDFIRE data for applicability at finer scales with examples from work on the Huron-Manistee and Hiawatha National Forests.
You can register for the Customizing Data webinar here.