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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stephen Pyne webinar on Fire History and Ecology

The Joint Fire Science Program of the U.S. Government is an important resource for all those involved in prescribed fire. Each region of the country has a fire science organization that fosters prescribed fire in that region. These consortiums are funded by the key Federal agencies that are involved in prescribed fire: Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, BLM, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Geological Service.

Wisconsin is actually in two separate consortiums, Lake States and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna. But I have found that the Oak Woodlands and South Fire Exchange often have information of importance to us Midwesterners.

Recently the Southern Fire Exchange presented an important webinar by acclaimed fire historian Stephen Pyne which was very worth watching. It has now been archived and is available as a YouTube file

For background on Stephen Pyne (among other things, he is a MacArthur Fellow), and a list of his numerous books on fire, access this Wikipedia page.

I strongly recommend this webinar for anyone who is interested in fire ecology.

All of the fire science exchanges have websites which can be accessed via a standard internet search. Their past webinars are generally archived and can be accessed via their websites. Also, you can sign up for email notifications from any of the programs.


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