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Friday, January 9, 2015

Midwest Fire Conference 2015 recommended for private landowners

The 2015 Midwest Fire Conference at Dubuque, Iowa, is an event important to all landowners in the upper Midwest. This conference has been organized by the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Consortium (tposfirescience.org). 

For restoration and land management, prescribed (controlled) fire is the most effective and economical tool. The triennial Fire Conference provides a great opportunity to meet fire experts and hear them present the latest information on uses of this important tool.

A unique feature of the 2015 conference is that volunteers and private landowners can register at half price. Because of Dubuque, Iowa’s location, attendance is easy from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota.

The program and registration information can be found at this link.


Kathie and I have been attending these fire conferences since their inception and have benefitted greatly. In addition to listening to the talks and looking at the posters and commercial displays, there is the chance to meet other like-minded people. Of all the conferences dealing with restoration and land management that we have attended, the fire conferences have been the most interesting and most useful. 

Half-priced registration for volunteers and private landowners makes a lot of sense. Volunteers play an important role in prescribed fire, especially with conservation societies, and a vast amount of the natural area land in the upper Midwest is owned privately. "Keeping Fire Working for the Land" is an ideal theme.

2 Comments:

Blogger bill j said...

Thanks for your info per usual. It would be helpful if conferences like this could be made available on the web at a later date for those not able to attend in person.

January 10, 2015 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger Tom's Blog said...

They did post many of the papers from the last one, on the Fire Consortium website.

January 28, 2015 at 3:55 PM  

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