Using Fire History to Inform Present Day Management
Can understanding historical fire data provide insights for supporting today's desired ecological outcomes? Our panel will discuss their work and your questions on this topic. Check back here for updates, resources, and eventually the recording of this discussion.
This discussion was approved for 1.5 Category 1 CEU's by the Society of American Foresters.
Andrea is the Science Delivery Specialist for the Northern Research Station. Her focus is on improving communications and knowledge exchange between the scientific and natural resource management communities. She is highly interested in working with researchers to synthesize science findings, develop tools and resources, and provide useable research results for foresters, fire managers, and natural resource professionals. Prior to joining the USFS, Andrea worked for the Nature Conservancy.
Dr. Michael Stambaugh is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources. Using tree rings, he and colleagues have documented historical fire regimes and changes to forests across 22 eastern U.S. states and extending back in time over hundreds of years. These records provide diverse examples of how fires have influence forests in the past, information which can guide how fire management and silvicultural systems can be integrated in the future.
Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy
Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy is a research forester with the Northern Research Station in Parsons, WV. Her current work involves using fire at site (silvicultural tool) and landscape (ecological disturbance) scales. Past experience as a forester and ecologist on the Monongahela National Forest drives many of her research questions.
Kyle is the Forest Ecologist for the Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri. Kyle works with other National Forest staff, partner agencies, and Universities to study and communicate ecological information to District staff making on-the-ground management decisions. Fire history, soil and ecosystem mapping, and plant community monitoring are three ongoing projects Kyle is currently working on.
Dr. Dey is a Project Leader/Research Forester for the US Forest Service Northern Research Station in Columbia, MO. Dan researches eastern forests through documenting fire history and studies on fire ecology and silviculture to sustain fire dependent forests and restore oak-pine woodlands and savannas. Previously, he was a researcher for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and a forester on the Tongass and Nez Perce National Forests.
Fuel for discussion:
Each person that registers has the opportunity to send us their questions and specific topics that they want to hear about from our panelists. We will use this input to help organize our discussion. What do you want to hear about?
How do you use historical information to inform present-day decisions when historical conditions can't be recreated?