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Fire and Wildlife

January 19, 2023, 11:00AM - 12:30PM Eastern Time

The good, bad, and ugly of fire and wildlife - roasty toasty critters or  promoting sustainable habitat for expanding and healthy wildlife populations? Let’s discuss the pros and cons of fire on wildlife. How is the lack of fire at the necessary scale, frequency, intensity/severity, and seasonality one of the greatest threats to wildlife in fire-dependent ecosystems?

We are applying for approval for 1.5 Category 1 CFE's by the Society of American Foresters.

Our panel

Lauren Pile Knapp

Lauren Pile Knapp

Lauren is a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station located in Columbia, Missouri. Her research focuses on using silvicultural or vegetation management approaches to solve emerging ecological issues to natural resources including plant invasion and disturbance.

Jim Cox

Jim Cox

Jim Cox heads up the Stoddard Bird Lab at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy in north Florida. The lab strives to find ways to stabilize and grow populations of rare species using hands-on management with a strong emphasis on prescribed fire and the factors that land managers consider when they burn (weather, frequency, season, extent, and ignition pattern). The lab also assesses the ecology of southeastern pineland species in a setting that mirrors historic conditions.

Susan Loeb

Susan Loeb

Susan Loeb is a Research Ecologist and Project Leader of the Upland Hardwood Region Ecology and Management Research Unit of the US Forest Service, Southern Research Station. She is located at Clemson University where she also serves as an Adjunct Professor. She has been studying the ecology and conservation of forest bats for the past 22 years, including the effects on bat populations of forest management (including prescribed fire) and other disturbances (e.g., climate change, disease).

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